Inspirational ideas for National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Sian Evans
23rd August 2017
Teacher helping their student during National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Take the time to celebrate the importance of literacy, numeracy and digital literacy with these imaginative lessons

National Literacy and Numeracy Week, this year taking place on 4-10 September, is an opportunity to focus in on key skills that are essential for life in and outside of the classroom. As these skills are being taught on a daily basis, why not use this week to add an element of discovery and enjoyment to your lessons? We've gathered a handful of resources for each section to get you started.

Literacy resources

Give every student the tools they need to explore the world of literature by sharing these supportive reading strategies posters, while also being ideal for brightening up the walls of your classroom. Once pupils have found their favourite book, make sure they share it with their peers with help from these easy-to-use templates.

Challenge budding writers to pen their own stories about Australia and its wildlife using this collection of writing prompts, complete with illustrative border to colour in. For older learners, this short creative writing unit will give them the confidence to write their own murder mystery plot.


Reading Strategies Posters With Student Checklist

Reading Strategies Poster Set

Includes a set with Australian English spelling and a set with American English spelling.

This brightly coloured set includes 18 posters showing decoding and comprehending strategies. Display all 18 in your classroom or use them to identify focus strategies for the day/week and refer to when you model during modelled reading.

PLUS use the checklist included for students to self – monitor which strategies they use during small group shared or guided reading! This gives them (and you) a clear picture of which strategies they mainly rely on.

Simply print and laminate. NOTE: Posters are A4 landscape.

Strategies included:
Synthesising / Synthesizing
Creating Images
Self Questioning
Determining Importance
Summarising and Paraphrasing / Summarizing and Paraphrasing
Reading On
Adjusting Reading Rate
Sounding Out
Using Analogy
Consulting A Reference

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Fiction & Non-Fiction Book Report

My Favourite Book activity can be used as a homework task. Pupils use worksheet to create a poster on their favourite book best printed off at A3. Choice of Fiction and Non-fiction format. Book reports are similar format but slightly harder, can be used as extension tasks during literacy.
By E Davies

Australia Write and Colour

Narrative Writing Prompts!

Australia Write and Colour: These narrative writing prompts contain 16 fun and engaging writing prompts, narrative writing structure posters, and examples of incorporating prompts into different sections of a narrative.

Each writing prompt has a response sheet that incorporates an Aussie colouring design. Extra writing pages with designs to colour (without prompts) are also included.

Narrative Writing Prompts are ideal for test preparation because they are fun, engaging and purposeful at the same time.

This product caters for both US and UK/Australian spelling.

Australian Narrative Writing Prompts contains the following pages:

Suggestions for Using Narrative Prompts
Example Prompt
Response One: Example Prompt in Orientation
Response Two: Example Prompt in Complication
Response Three: Example Prompt in Resolution
Narrative Writing Structure Poster
Orientation Poster
Complication Poster
Resolution Poster
• Prompt 1: Lost
• Prompt 2: The Birds
• Prompt 3: The Unexpected
• Prompt 4: The Mob
• Prompt 5: Selfie Mum (Aust/ UK version)
• Prompt 5: Selfie Mom (US version)
• Prompt 6: Winner!
• Prompt 7: Map Mayhem
• Prompt 8: Risky Move
• Prompt 9: Vanished!
• Prompt 10: Watch out!
• Prompt 11: The Very Bad Day
• Prompt 12: Discovery
• Prompt 13: Pavlova Problems
• Prompt 14: The Visit
• Prompt 15: The Tour
• Prompt 16: Outback Daze
Writing paper:
• Uluru
• Sydney Opera House
• Boomerang
• Pavlova
• Gum Leaves
• Australia Map
• Kangaroo
• Kangaroos
• Galah

Engaging activities to helping kids enjoy narrative writing and celebrate Australian culture!
By TeachingTreks

Murder Mystery

This is a fun and interesting unit on creative writing that builds students up to writing their own murder mystery. If you want to go out of your way you can make it into a fun Halloween task.
By Edbot

Numeracy resources

Promote problem solving in a competitive environment using this maths relay races lesson, packed full of number puzzles for teams of students to complete against the clock. Why not task students with this thought-provoking pancake problem? Getting all the pancakes the right way up sounds simple but this challenge will definitely get brain cells whirring as they try to uncover the right formula.

Avoid the groans that come with learning times tables by getting pupils to play this version of snakes and ladders or this matching pairs memory game, proving once and for all that maths can be fun.


Times Tables Snakes and Ladders

Times tables can be a tricky maths skill to teach because of the understanding required of the relationships between the numbers and the amount of maths number facts students are required to recall in learning their 2x to x12 times tables. Rote learning can mean children recall their times table facts but have no idea what the relationships mean between the numbers. We have found that the best strategy is continued practise through game-play. Our students really enjoy this snakes and ladders multiplication game and ask to play it again. We have included division facts also on the game boards to help students understand the relationship between multiplication and division. We have included instructions on how to play in the pack and colour and black and white versions of the game boards, so you can print the version you prefer.

We hope you and your students enjoy this pack and please let us know if you have any queries on
By Engaging Education

Maths Matching Pairs Memory Game

A Matching Pairs memory game where students have to match up questions with relevant answers and use their memory skills to assist them. There is a template with instructions which should enable you to adapt it for your own subject and needs. The example provided is a basic Maths Multiplication Game. Let me know any problems or improvements that could be made and how it worked for you.
By tomalley4

Digital literacy resources

Last year, digital literacy became an integral part of this week’s focus so don’t forget to spend some time nurturing these essential 21st century skills. Tackle coding and algorithms head on with these engaging activity cards and support explorations into Python using this programming cheat sheet. For a more in-depth approach, this collection of puzzles, complete with answers, will test learners’ ability to use computational thinking to solve problems.  

Regardless of which activities you use to explore digital literacy, ensure that your students are using the internet appropriately with this informative e-safety lesson.


Python Programming Cheatsheet

This handout summarises all the key programming concepts in the Python 3 programming language. It is useful for students who are learning to code, or to have on hand when they are revising their skills.
By Grok Learning

Computational Thinking Problem Solving

Within this unit of work, students will learn how to apply the concepts of computational thinking to a range of different problem solving puzzles. The resource is split into four sections;
1. Computational thinking puzzles - a range of different types of puzzles which encourage students to apply the concepts of computational thinking to solve them. Puzzles include mazes, word ladders and even a game of draughts (or checkers)!
2. Logic Gates - students will need to solve the logic gate puzzles to identify if the output is on (1) or off (0) dependent on the gate sequences. This also helps develop Boolean decision making through the use of AND, OR & NOT gates which produce a TRUE (1) or FALSE (0) output.
3. Flowchart puzzles - students need to work out the correct answers to the questions asked dependent on the input information and the flowchart conditions set. Flowcharts include the use of algebra variables which can help support mathematics students.
4. Pseudo code puzzles - students need to read through the pseudo code algorithms and demonstrate their understanding by answering the questions asked. Pseudo code sequences include the use of algebra variables which can help support mathematics students.

Each puzzle is given a score. Once complete students check their answers and work out their overall scores and place them in the grid provided. They then compare this with the overall levels to find their overall level: Rookie, Pro or Beast! This can then be used within assessment to see if students are performing at, below or above expected levels.

Pack includes a student PowerPoint resource to complete and answers for each puzzle.

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By RobbotResources

Play Like Share - learning to stay safe online

Play Like Share is a new education resource for teachers and professionals who work with children.

Developed by CEOP and the National Crime Agency, the pack aims to help eight to ten year olds learn how to stay safe from sexual abuse, exploitation and other risks they might encounter online.

There are two alternative sets of lesson plans allowing you to tailor the content to the children you work with based on their maturity, development and online engagement.

Lesson plans, videos and other materials are available on the ThinkUKnow website:
By DfE

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