It has been few years since our whole school participated in Literacy & Numeracy Week. This year, we went all out, upped the ante and highlighted science literacy in our celebrations. Teachers across the school coordinated a huge variety of activities throughout the week.
Catch-a-Reader: Teachers and students contributed to the ‘Catch a Reader’ spider web photo wall in the library. Photos were taken during the week in classrooms and in the library.
Share a Good Book: Parents and friends were invited to join students in the courtyard behind the library each morning to share a good book. Students or adults could bring a book to share, or read a book provided by the school.
Six Word Stories: Students were invited to write and share their 6 word stories. These stories were shared in the school newsletter. Some classes used the idea shared by Alan Wright (during his author’s visit the previous week) of reading your story to the walls during the writing process.
Principal’s favourite book: Mrs Delahay, our school principal, read ‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ during Friday’s Special Assembly. The Transitions students helped Mrs Delahay select this lovely story, which was shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year.
My two blankets: Teachers shared the official Read for Australia storybook and activities with their classes, as well as entering into the colouring in competition.
Bee bots: A Bee Bot challenge was held in our computer lab at lunchtimes. Children needed to program their Bee Bot to follow specific directions. Giving accurate step by step instructions was a learning curve for many students.
Questacon Incursion: The travelling Questacon Science Circus visited and gave a lively presentation that covered a variety of science concepts.
Direct a Robot Coding: Students gave directions to robots to collect rock samples on the moon, planning the most direct route to save fuel.
Science book display: The 5/6 teachers and their classes set up a science book display in the library.
Design a Robot drawing competition: Children were asked to imagine what a robot could do for them, drew labelled diagrams of their robots and
described the important features of their robot’s design. Students from
Preschool to Year 4 participated in the competition and a prize was awarded for the best design from each grade.
The Numbers Game: Students were encouraged to find an interesting number fact from around the school or community to be displayed on the wall behind the Admin Block. One of the 5/6 Maths classes got the ball rolling by working out how many books were in in each section of the library. First they had to work out a way to estimate. They did this by counting one shelf then multiplying that number by the number of shelves in their section. After they calculated their estimate, our librarian Mr Pete used the library computer to find out the exact number. Some of their estimates were very close to the actual number.
Numeracy Strategy Activities: Our Early Years classes had a go some of the
activities from the Literacy & Numeracy Week website, including Three Pile Nim and Catch-22.
Character Dress Up Day: Students were invited to dress as their favourite Book Character, Mathematician or Scientist. We had an amazing turnout, with most of the school coming in costume—including almost all of the teachers!
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