Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?
Making a scale model of the solar system
Class 5 were looking at the first letter of each of their names. They created different charts to show this information. Can you work out which member of the class was away on that day?
This article for teachers describes an activity which encourages
meaningful data collection, display and interpretation.
This activity is based on data in the book 'If the World Were a Village'. How will you represent your chosen data for maximum effect?
This problem explores the range of events in a sports day and which ones are the most popular and attract the most entries.
How does the time of dawn and dusk vary? What about the Moon, how does that change from night to night? Is the Sun always the same? Gather data to help you explore these questions.
Do you know which birds are regular visitors where you live?
This article for teachers looks at some suggestions taken from the
NRICH website that offer a broad view of data and ask some more
probing questions about it.
Investigate how avalanches occur and how they can be controlled
Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.
With access to weather station data, what interesting questions can you investigate?
Six samples were taken from two distributions but they got muddled up. Can you work out which list is which?
How can we make sense of national and global statistics involving very large numbers?
Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.
Use the information about the ducks on a particular farm to find
out which of the statements about them must be true.
Ideas for practical ways of representing data such as Venn and
Liam's house has a staircase with 12 steps. He can go down the steps one at a time or two at time. In how many different ways can Liam go down the 12 steps?
Three dice are placed in a row. Find a way to turn each one so that the three numbers on top of the dice total the same as the three numbers on the front of the dice. Can you find all the ways to do. . . .
A maths-based Football World Cup simulation for teachers and students to use.
Can you make sense of the charts and diagrams that are created and used by sports competitors, trainers and statisticians?
In a league of 5 football teams which play in a round robin
tournament show that it is possible for all five teams to be league
How can people be divided into groups fairly for events in the Paralympics, for school sports days, or for subject sets?
In the ancient city of Atlantis a solid rectangular object called a
Zin was built in honour of the goddess Tina. Your task is to
determine on which day of the week the obelisk was completed.
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
When Charlie retires, he's looking forward to the quiet life, whereas Alison wants a busy and exciting retirement. Can you advise them on where they should go?
Written for teachers, this article discusses mathematical
representations and takes, in the second part of the article,
examples of reception children's own representations.