We’re delighted to be taking part in Let’s Count!, the exciting school’s programme which helps children learn about the census and why it matters to everyone.
What is Census 2021?
The next census is taking place on Sunday 21 March 2021. The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. This helps to plan and fund public services in our local area. By spreading the word and taking part in the census, you will help make sure our community is counted and gets the services it needs.
You will receive a letter in the post from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). You will then need to fill in the census questionnaire on or before Sunday 21 March 2021.
Find out more about Census 2021 and how to fill in your census questionnaire at www.census.gov.uk.
What is Let’s Count!?
The ONS and resources centre, iChild, developed Let’s Count! 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.
The lesson plans are designed to teach children both in the classroom or at home. They aim to support our school through Coronavirus (COVID-19), to re-engage children and families in learning and to celebrate our local community.
There are also exclusive video lessons, including a YouTube lesson from Professor David Olusoga on the subject of ‘Equality, representation and the census’. The lesson plans feature the ‘Counter Cats’. These are fun cartoon characters to help with the learning process. Each cat has their favourite subject: Splotch loves art, Doc loves history, Digit loves maths, Scribble loves English and Scout loves geography.
Let’s Count! Day
Our Let’s Count! Day is on Monday 15th March. Children will count things around our school or local area and collect data on any subject that matters to them. The information gathered will be used to make a display, which we will use to enter the Let’s Count! competition. Prizes will be awarded to the best entries, with £1,000 worth of equipment going to the winning school.
Explore Let’s Count! at: www.letscount.org.uk