Abu Dhabi, UAE: This week, Brighton College Abu Dhabi took part in No Pens Day Wednesday-an international speaking and listening event, in order to raise awareness for World Dyslexia Awareness Week.
Returning for its second year, the school-wide initiative encouraged pupils aged 3-18 to use their communication skills rather than the written word across all their lessons throughout the day. Pupils were enveloped in an exciting and dynamic learning environment that encouraged a wide range of active and engaging experiences. In addition to instilling a greater passion for learning, the day also helped reinforce the importance of the development of soft skills and critical thinking skills.
The lesson plans for each year group varied but pupils were treated to 2D & 3D origami-making during their maths lesson, reenactments of stories and plays during English and practical experiments with verbal reports in the form of short films for science. Other activities included talking essay groups during history, quiz-lit challenges on iPads during language classes as well as the most traditional forms of expression – music and art.
Sarah Gauthier, a Year 8 pupil in the Prep School, said, “It’s amazing how much we can learn, without writing anything down. It was a really great experience for me and it helped each and every person in class to improve their presentation skills.”
Speaking on her opinion of No Pens Day Wednesday, Mrs. Elizabeth Ennis, Head of Year 5, said, “I really appreciate this forward-thinking style of teaching – it allows learning to be more exciting as well as challenging for children and took, evenme, out of my comfort zone. ”She continued, “Not only is this activity for a good cause but it benefits the entire school and helps to develop the emotional and social skills of the children. It’s truly a liberating experience for pupils and I would definitely want to see this take place more than once a year.”
To find out more about Brighton College Abu Dhabi and its activities, visit www.brightoncollege.ae.Oct 2017