Can you make sense of the charts and diagrams that are created and used by sports competitors, trainers and statisticians?
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?
Choose any three by three square of dates on a calendar page.
Circle any number on the top row, put a line through the other
numbers that are in the same row and column as your circled number.
Repeat. . . .
Can you coach your rowing eight to win?
What can you say about the child who will be first on the playground tomorrow morning at breaktime in your school?
After some matches were played, most of the information in the
table containing the results of the games was accidentally deleted.
What was the score in each match played?
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?
Three teams have each played two matches. The table gives the total
number points and goals scored for and against each team. Fill in
the table and find the scores in the three matches.
Square numbers can be represented on the seven-clock (representing these numbers modulo 7). This works like the days of the week.
A manager of a forestry company has to decide which trees to plant.
What strategy for planting and felling would you recommend to the
manager in order to maximise the profit?
These red, yellow and blue spinners were each spun 45 times in
total. Can you work out which numbers are on each spinner?
A farmer has a flat field and two sons who will each inherit half of the field. The farmer wishes to build a stone wall to divide the field in two so each son inherits the same area. Stone walls are. . . .
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?
Baker, Cooper, Jones and Smith are four people whose occupations
are teacher, welder, mechanic and programmer, but not necessarily
in that order. What is each person’s occupation?
Have a look at this data from the RSPB 2011 Birdwatch. What can you say about the data?
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.
Build a mini eco-system, and collect and interpret data on how well the plants grow under different conditions.
Simple models which help us to investigate how epidemics grow and die out.
Guess the Houses game for an adult and child. Can you work out which house your partner has chosen by asking good questions?
Engage in a little mathematical detective work to see if you can spot the fakes.
This problem offers you two ways to test reactions - use them to
investigate your ideas about speeds of reaction.
This article for teachers describes an activity which encourages
meaningful data collection, display and interpretation.
Decide which charts and graphs represent the number of goals two football teams scored in fifteen matches.
This article explores the process of making and testing hypotheses.
Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?
Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?
Investigate how avalanches occur and how they can be controlled
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?