National Literacy and Numeracy Week was celebrated at Cobram Anglican Grammar recently to help raise awareness of the importance of literacy and numeracy at school and beyond.
Head of junior school Mary Swoffer spent time with each of the seven classes from Prep to Year 4 exploring the themes of literacy and numeracy and while the students may not have realised the lessons behind the fun and games, the message was clear.
‘‘A strong foundation in literacy and numeracy is vital for every child and young person, and underpins their ability to reach their full potential,’’ Mrs Swoffer said.
‘‘Students in the Year 1/2 classes explored ‘word stairs’ where they began with a word ‘bat’.
‘‘They then changed only one letter in the word to make a new word ‘sat’.
‘‘Writing their new word on the next stair going up, they kept changing one letter and writing a new word until they reached the top stair.’’
Mrs Swoffer said the Year 3/4 classes explored a ‘word play’ where they imagined they lived in a world with only 20 words.
‘‘They could use these 20 words as much as they wanted, but they cannot use any other words at all,’’ she said.
‘‘Then they created a paragraph using only their 20 words.
‘‘The paragraph needed to be at least five sentences and they couldn’t repeat the same sentences.’’