In March, our school was invited to participate in The Office of National Statistics Census 2021 Let’s Count! programme. This was a historic learning opportunity at a unique moment in our national history.
Let’s Count! was developed to teach children about the census and make learning fun. The programme has achieved accreditation from Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), the National Association for the Teaching of English (NATE) and the Geographical Association.
Each year group approached learning about the Census in a distinctive way with some pupils accessing lessons remotely. Reception pupils embraced counting as part of their routine learning opportunities. Year 1 learned about hand hygiene and the role of the NHS. Year 2 considered the future of our local community.
In Year 3 pupils found out about the history of the census whilst Year 4 considered the method and purpose of data collection. Year 5 discovered how the census illustrates incremental changes in our society. Meanwhile Year 6 imagined the Census of 2041.
Our display was created to celebrate something that the pupils have been able to collaborate and participate in together. Being portable, teachers have had the opportunity to share this work with their classes. Details of our lessons along with pictures of our display were also entered into a Let’s Count! competition.
It is very exciting to share that we are the Let’s Count! winners for the East of England region. In addition to this display being shared upon the census.gov.uk webpage, our school will shortly be receiving a prize of £250 to put towards STEM equipment. What wonderful encouragement for our pupils with their learning!