Handling Data and the Northern Ireland Census

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What is the Northern Ireland census?

Welcome to Let’s Count! developed by CCEA in partnership with Census 2021 and supported by NISRA.

The census happens only once every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in Northern Ireland. The last census was in 2011 and counted 1,810,900 people living here. The 2021 Northern Ireland census began in March 2021 with Census Day on Sunday 21st March 2021. The results will start to be available from Summer 2022.

This resource uses free census data to develop learner skills in Mathematics and Numeracy (Handling Data and Processes in Mathematics) with links to Thinking Skills, The World Around Us, and Personal Development and Mutual Understanding.

Use the twelve lessons, at home or in class, as they are presented or select from the individual activities. Four key themes (Population, Settlements, Transport and Occupations) are explored from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 2. As pupil materials carry no key stage identifiers, you can adapt them for learners of any age or to complement existing learning plans.

Each lesson has:

  • teacher notes;
  • resource sheets (to use in class or at home); and
  • a presentation (suitable for face-to-face or online learning).

Add even more richness and variety to learning with animations, video links, interactive games and chart creators and classroom posters.

To find out more about Census 2021 visit www.census.gov.uk/ni or follow @NICensus2021 on Facebook and Twitter.

Areas of Learning

Personal Development and Mutual Understanding
Mathematics and Numeracy
The World Around Us
In partnership with Census 2021 supported by NISRA