Here's a very elementary code that requires young children to read a table, and look for similarities and differences.
Looking at the 2008 Olympic Medal table, can you see how the data is organised? Could the results be presented differently to give another nation the top place?
Take a look at these data collected by children in 1986 as part of the Domesday Project. What do they tell you? What do you think about the way they are presented?
What statements can you make about the car that passes the school
gates at 11am on Monday? How will you come up with statements and
test your ideas?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
This activity asks you to collect information about the birds you
see in the garden. Are there patterns in the data or do the birds
seem to visit randomly?
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?
Have a look at this data from the RSPB 2011 Birdwatch. What can you say about the data?
This article for teachers describes an activity which encourages
meaningful data collection, display and interpretation.
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?
What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?
This problem explores the range of events in a sports day and which ones are the most popular and attract the most entries.
Decide which charts and graphs represent the number of goals two football teams scored in fifteen matches.
Guess the Houses game for an adult and child. Can you work out which house your partner has chosen by asking good questions?
Investigate how avalanches occur and how they can be controlled
This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.