May 1, 2019
Mount Pellon Primary Academy banned writing for a day on Friday 22 March 2019 – their ‘No Write Day’. Instead of writing, the whole school focused instead on the development of spoken language, collaboration and problem solving.
Themes were given to each year group (The Gruffalo, Island, The Labyrinth) with the aim being to release ‘Old Uncle Walton’, who the Principal, Mr Walton, explained had been trapped somewhere. In his introduction to the day to a whole-school assembly, Mr Walton told the children that he thought his relative (Old Uncle Walton) had been trapped, and although he didn’t know any more about it, he asked the children for their help to release him.
The children then went to their classes, where all the desks had been moved aside, to enable them to engage in a series of tasks linked to their theme. They had to ‘unlock’ the next level and slay the beasts who were preventing Old Uncle Walton from being free.
Tasks included Build the Tallest Tower, Helium Loop, Treasure Lift, Storyland, and Soundscape, all of which engaged the children in collaboration and problem solving, involving speaking, listening and negotiation.
When all the beasts had been slain, the children met up again in the hall, where Mr Walton thanked the children for helping to release old Uncle Walton from his prison, and awarded certificates for leadership, speaking and listening, problem solving, risk taking, overcoming fears and evaluation.
The day was a great success, with the children being fully engaged in their tasks, and really enjoying the event.