Let’s Count! Census 2021 education resource programme

Posted by iChild, October 07, 2020 3:57 PM

We’re delighted to be working with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the primary school Census 2021 education programme. And we’re thrilled to give your children’s schools the exciting opportunity to be a part of the unique event, Census 2021.

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What is the census?

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives the government and local authorities a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. This information is so important because it helps to plan and fund public services. By taking part in the census, you’ll help make sure your voice is heard about the things that matter to you. This will help build a better future for your children, your schools and your community. The next census is taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021.

Let’s Count!

Let’s Count! is the exciting, free primary education programme, which we’ve developed with ONS to support Census 2021. We’ve created a series of lesson plans to teach primary school children about the census. MEI (Mathematics in Education and Industry) are producing two video lessons, as well as a Continuing Professional Development video session for teachers about progression in statistics across the primary years. The Let’s Count! educational resources are designed to teach children both in the classroom or at home, supporting your children and schools through COVID-19.

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Let’s Count! will help children learn about the history of the census and why it matters so much that we all fill it in. The lesson plans support their learning in English, Maths, History, Geography and Art and Design. The programme features five Counter Cats: Digit, Scout, Doc, Splotch and Scribble, who will make the learning even more fun for your children. Let’s Count! has achieved accreditation from MEI, NATE (National Association for Teaching of English) and the Geographical Association.

Schools in England and Wales can register for a free Let’s Count! resource pack. This will include a lesson plan resource booklet, plus classroom display materials, posters, stickers and certificates to reward the children for taking part. There are also take-home activity leaflets for the children and their parents. More information on what is included can be found here.

Professor David Olusoga

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We’re absolutely thrilled that British historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker, Professor David Olusoga, is presenting a live lesson on 'Equality, representation and the census'. Professor David Olusoga is Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester, and has presented historical documentaries on the BBC, such as the very popular ‘House Through Time’. The lesson will be broadcast in February 2021. School children across England and Wales will be able to watch it live, but parents/carers will also be able to watch it, and share their children’s learning, via the Let’s Count! website.

Let’s Count! Day

Let’s Count! Day is the ‘grand finale’ of the Let’s Count! programme. On Let’s Count! Day, children will choose a counting project (or projects) on items which matter to them and their schools. They’ll be able to do this on a learning walk, within the school, or even from home. They’ll then create charts, images and displays to share their discoveries, images and stories with their schools and families.

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Let’s Count! Competition – and prizes!

Schools can enter the children’s displays into our Let’s Count! competition. It’s very simple! Schools can find out how by visiting the Let’s Count! website www.letscount.org. We’ve got some fantastic prizes, including a top prize of £1,000 worth of equipment for the overall winner. Plus, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, the National Statistician for ONS, will visit the winning school, and your children will have the privilege of announcing the Census 2021 population figures of England and Wales – the first time a school will have ever done this!

We’re really pleased to be working with the Office for National Statistics on this fantastic programme. We know your children and your schools will love it! Schools in England and Wales can find out more information and register for a free Let’s Count! resource pack on the Let’s Count! website.

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