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A primary school education programme from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to make learning fun and teach children all about the Census 2021 and 2019 census rehearsal taking place in England and Wales.
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Let’s begin!

You will find a series of 12 cross-curriculum lesson plans covering key areas of the English and Welsh curriculum, each supported by downloadable PDF files and editable PowerPoint presentations. You can also access past census data for your area to personalise your lessons and generate colourful pie charts and bar charts with our free chart generation tool. You can use all the plans – or pick the ones that work for you! There is also an assembly presentation to kick start the Let’s Count! fun at your school, which introduces the team of ‘Counter Cat’ characters (Digit, Doc, Scribble, Scout and Splotch). They feature throughout the lesson plans to help make the children’s learning even more fun.

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Enter your class into our Let’s Count! competition

If you’re in one of the four census rehearsal areas (Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Ceredigion or Carlisle) enter our Let’s Count! competition for a chance to win £1000 of equipment. Classes should count things and explore differences in their local area or school, take photos and make observations about what they see, hear or even smell. With the information gathered, pupils can then develop school-centred maps, charts, drawings and wall displays, from the data. Take photos or videos of your wall display(s) and upload them onto the Let’s Count! website, by clicking on the ‘Enter now’ button below. Include a few words describing how the display was created and prizes will be awarded to the best entries. If you’d like more guidance on entering the competition, please see lesson plans 11 and 12.

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