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I CAN’s Meath School and Dawn House School take part in The Communication Trust’s No Pens Day Wednesday.

I CAN’s Meath School and Dawn House School took part in The Communication Trust’s No Pens Day Wednesday this week.

Nearly 100 pupils across the two schools put down their pens for the day and took part in activities developing alternative forms of communication.

At Meath, one activity was telling stories using drama and video. This aimed to engage pupils to participate in telling a story, which would develop interaction skills, sequencing, improvisation of dialogue, and negotiation skills with their friends. By using a camera and a video-camera, pupils also developed their ICT skills.

At Dawn House, the children in the primary department worked in pairs to create stories using different types of materials. Some pupils told stories using play-doh, others using puppets and stickers and some used stop-motion photography! In the afternoon, the children shared the stories they had made which encouraged their imagination skills, narrative skills and attention and listening skills in addition to important social skills, such as turn taking, listening to other people’s contributions and sharing.

Overall everyone enjoyed the day but were happy to pick up their pens up on Thursday!