Friday 7th February saw the whole of Year 7 come together for the annual Number Day activities. Earlier in the half term Miss Theobald from the Maths department spoke to Year 7 in an assembly about the important work that the NSPCC and Childline do. She showed the video below which explains a little what happens when someone rings Childline.
Over the last 11 years of Northgate taking part in Number Day, Year 7s have managed to raise over £2800 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 7Int, 7Val and 7Mot gathered in the main hall and as it was a cold day, took part in some number aerobics. It was certainly a sight to behold. Everyone, including the teachers, raising their arms and legs for particular numbers whilst counting in certain ways. It really was getting both the brain and the body warmed up.
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 Theobald 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. Next up was 7Val, 7Asp, 7End and 7Cour – they were absolutely brilliant and gave some amazing answers to the graphs activity including lines that were parallel or perpendicular to each other.
The tutor group quiz had a change of format this year. Instead of the usual dingbats, there was a more mathematical theme which also brought in key words from the KS3 core knowledge. 25 teachers had been assigned a number. Tutor groups had various questions to answer including ‘what is the sum of the Maths teachers?’, ‘which teachers are square numbers?’, ‘which teacher is the smallest prime number?’ and so on. This is always a fiercely contested quiz with some tutors aiming to retain their winning titles from last year! The winners will be revealed after half term and prizes awarded.
Congratulations go to the following Year 7s who won the main quiz in their teaching groups – 7Aspire: (joint winners) Joschka M, Izzy W, Reece C, Welly T, Owen A, 7Tenacity: Louis C, 7Endeavour: Amy J, 7Courage: Jack V, 7Integrity: Bryn M, 7Motivation: Oliver M and 7Valour: Marc H. Winners were presented with chocolates and voucher for Café North in their celebration assembly.