On Tuesday, 14 June all Year 7 and 8 students put down their pens and pencils to take part in Invicta's first Speaking and Listening Active Development Day (or SALAD, for short). The aim of the day was to promote and develop students' speaking and listening skills as part of the whole-school literacy and oracy drive. This idea seeks to ensure that all Invicta students are able to present themselves confidently and articulately both in writing and in speech.
Each lesson was dedicated to a different activity, from one minute individual speeches to paired discussion and performance, group presentations to debates, with all departments rising to the challenge of creating stimulating and enjoyable activities relevant to their subjects.
Year 7s studying Geography listened to songs and interviews about Hurricane Katrina, reinterpreting what they heard as images, whilst Year 8s studying Mathematics enjoyed watching and critically evaluating Youtube videos about 'Why Pi is (still) wrong' and 'The Magic Rectangle'. In Computing, Year 7 students vigorously debated whether computers could ever be called intelligent, whilst Year 8s in Music lessons creatively reinterpreted songs as debates by singing them as a canon. Year 7 Scientists filmed educational videos of themselves explaining magnetic fields whilst in Languages, Year 8 performed role plays exemplifying the language that they have learnt this year.
Students and staff thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to integrating the new speaking and listening skills that they have developed into lessons in the future.
Thanks go to Miss Baudéan and Mrs Vincent for organising the day.