Friday 3rd February saw the whole of Year 7 come together for the annual Number Day activities. This year it was organised by Miss Petcher-Ellison from the Maths department.

Over the last 13 years of Northgate taking part in Number Day, Year 7s have managed to raise over £3300 to contribute to the continued work of the NSPCC and Childline. There were a number of activities the Year 7s took part in. During Period 1 half of the year group gathered in the main hall. They started their session with number aerobics, which included some volunteers demonstrating what to do. It was great to see such enthusiasm from everyone!

The main activity was a quiz. Not only were students competing for their House Teams to earn valuable points for the House Competition but they were also competing against others in their teaching groups to win a prize. There were certainly some tricky questions however determination took over. The final part of the session involved students creating real life graphs. They were all given a coordinate and created a coordinate grid in the way they were sat. Miss Petcher-Ellison displayed instructions such as ‘stand up if your x coordinate is 2’, ‘stand up if your y coordinate is -3’ and so on. Students were able to see that they were creating vertical and horizontal lines and impressed with the language they used such as parallel. It gave them an opportunity to start to discover more about straight line graphs, a topic they will develop later in their Maths curriculum. During Period 3 the remaining Year 7s had their chance to take part.

There was a teacher treasure hunt which students could take part in during break and lunchtime. 25 teachers had been assigned a number. Students had to answer questions such as ‘what is the sum of the Maths teachers?’, ‘which teachers are square numbers?’, ‘which teacher is the smallest prime number?’ and so on.

Congratulations go to the following Year 7s who won the main quiz in their teaching groups – 7Aspire: Theo S, 7Tenacity: Poppy G, 7Endeavour: Aiden B, 7Courage: Harrison L and Jamie T, 7Integrity: William S, 7Motivation: Amelia O and 7Valour: Demitri H. Winners were presented with pencil cases, notebooks and voucher for Café North.

In the House Competition, it was a very close fought contest, with Rowling just pipping Attenborough in to first place, with Hawking in third and Holmes in fourth.

Miss Petcher-Ellison commented after Number Day, ‘it was great to run my first Number Day. I hope all the Year 7s enjoyed the activities and I look forward to running it again next year!’

Amelia O, from 7 Motivation, said, ‘On Number Day we had a quiz all about Maths. I really liked the quiz because a few of the questions I thought were really interesting. For example one question was how many years is a diamond jubilee. There was also a teachers quiz where you had to go round and get the number of each teacher (there were 25) then answer a set of questions. Overall, I really enjoyed it.’

Demitri, who was the winner from 7Valour, explained, ‘I liked Number Day because I got top of my class and it had some fun activities. I thought the questions on Number Day were interesting.’

A big thank you to Miss Petcher-Ellison for organising and running the event. Well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all those who collected sponsors for Childline and the NSPCC to help continue the vital work they do.

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