Hello everyone, my name is Amanda and i'm a primary school teacher living (and teaching) in Sydney, Australia. I'm not quite sure if I should be posting here or on the elementary board since our schools are structured a bit differently. Elementary schools seem to be fairly equivalent to primary school in Australia except that primary school in Australia is from Kindergarten to Year 6. Secondary school goes from year 7 - 12 and although some private schools refer to the years between year 5/6-8 as being 'middle school' it's not generally thought of as such. Anyway, I just got myself a job as a year 6 teacher, starting next school year (which is starting at the end of January). I've been teaching casually as a relief teacher for the past 5years and i'm really excited. I mainly want some ideas on what to do to excite a bunch of 11/12year olds about numeracy and literacy. What sorts of things do you do that's really fun and that makes the kids want to come back for more.