Youngsters stayed silent during lessons and even refused to talk during class presentations.

But this was not a protest by the young pupils at Glebe Primary School , they were taking part in a sponsored silence, raising almost £1800 for Action on Hearing Loss.

The school in Sussex Road, Ickenham, has a Specialist Resourced Provision (SRP) for hearing impaired pupils, so it provides special teaching, support and resources for children between the ages of 4 to 11 who have difficulty hearing.

The hearing impaired children are taught in class alongside their hearing peers but are able to work individually or as part of a small group on speech and language or literacy skills in the SRP.

Assistant head teacher Melanie Penney is teacher of the deaf and in charge of the SRP. She said: “At Glebe we are proud of our SRP and as the only primary school in the borough to have such a resource, we have a responsibility to educate all pupils about the challenges facing the deaf community.”

Teachers used basic sign language, gesture and visual resources to communicate with pupils
 

That is why during Deaf Awareness Week , which runs until Sunday, all the pupils stuck to normal lessons, but had to find alternative ways to communicate with teachers and friends as they were not allowed to speak.

In the days leading up to the silence, pupils from the SRP had spent time with each class to teach them basic British Sign Language signs that would prove useful.

Maths, Literacy, Art, Geography and P.E. were taught using a range of visual resources, gesture and basic sign.

“We thought it was a fun way to help everyone appreciate what it is like living in a world without sound, whilst learning new communication skills and raising valuable funds for hearing impaired people,” Mrs Penney said.

“So far we have raised an incredible £1780.01. It always makes me proud to work at Glebe when I see how everyone, both staff and pupils, throw themselves wholeheartedly into events such as this.

“The effort that the staff put into planning and delivering the lessons and how sensible and respectful the children were was amazing.

“The children took the silence very seriously and learned what a struggle it can be for those who cannot hear but had fun in the process,” she said.