Inspirational ideas for National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Hand-picked literacy, numeracy and digital literacy resources for primary and secondary pupils to tackle in National Literacy and Numeracy Week

Sian Evans

Teacher Helping Their Student During National Literacy & 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
Resourcing Time

Reading Strategies Posters With Student Checklist

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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 fo...
Fiction & Non-Fiction Book Report
E Davies

Fiction & Non-Fiction Book Report

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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.
Australia Write and Colour
TeachingTreks

Australia Write and Colour

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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 th...
Murder Mystery
Edbot

Murder Mystery

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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.

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
eeducation

Times Tables Snakes and Ladders

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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 fac...
Maths Matching Pairs Memory Game
tomalley4

Maths Matching Pairs Memory Game

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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 Ga...

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
Grok Learning

Python Programming Cheatsheet

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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.
Computational Thinking Problem Solving
RobbotResources

Computational Thinking Problem Solving

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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 ...
Play Like Share - learning to stay safe online
DfE

Play Like Share - learning to stay safe online

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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. ...