November 6, 2020

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NAIDOC Week Activities To Get Your Students Active

This week's newsletter is all about NAIDOC week which is from November 8th to the 15th. Both the resources and the blog this week are focused on this year's theme of Always Was, Always Will Be while also tying into this week's "Shine a Spotlight" on Maths 'N' Movement. As we have done for the past few months we also have another poster for you to make sure you are able to keep your classroom constantly inspirational.

Blog & Activity - Normally held in July each year NAIDOC week was postponed this year until November due to the impacts and uncertainty from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Thankfully with everyone back in school we can spend time celebrating Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their long spanning history.

This week's blog is a way to gamify the teaching of NAIDOC Week and traditional spear fishing as a form of food gathering. This week's free fishing game shows how Mathematics can be made physically active to teach students addition or subtraction at their appropriate ability level based on the numbers used. If you click the image above you can read the blog or click the image below to go straight to the activity.

Maths 'N' Movement - At Learn From Play we are all about getting More Kids, More Active, More Often.  Not only is it enjoyable but regular physical activity during the school day makes concentrating easier.  It is also mandatory is Australia that primary schools provide a minimum of 100 minutes per week of moderate to vigorous physical activity in Years K to 3 and 180 minutes per week in Years 4 to 6.  Yet many teachers find this almost impossible to shoe horn into their already full timetable.

What these over stretched teachers do not realise is that Learn From Play already has a full curriculum mapped school wide program to provide physical activity during Mathematics lessons.  Known as Maths 'N' Movement this program combines the PE syllabus and Fundamental Movement Skills (the building blocks of all sport) with the Mathematics Syllabus using both ACARA and BOSTES outcome codes.  Each full year worth of activities provides lesson plans using equipment already in your school to get students excited about maths with games based on the outcome being covered.  

There are a number of FREE sample lessons you can access by clicking the link above or why not try this week's NAIDOC activity all about over arm throwing to teach the traditional art of spear fishing.  If you love these and want more the entire set of programs in included in a $99 tax deductible annual subscription and will provide you with a lesson introduction or culmination for every maths outcome for a full year.

New Poster - This week's poster is perfect for our Shine A Spotlight on Maths 'N' Movement as it is all about Mathematics and counting or English if you want to teach about homographs such as the term "count". Puns aside it is a beautiful way to brighten your classroom and inspire your students. Click the poster to grab it now. 

As always if you have any questions, feedback or content suggestions for areas of the curriculum that you would like to see gamified send me an email. In the mean time, please help us grow our Learn From Play teaching community by sharing the site with your colleagues so everyone can benefit.

Rachel McCann

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