A random ramble for teachers through some resources that might add a little life to a statistics class.

Like all sports rankings, the cricket ratings involve some maths. In this case, they use a mathematical technique known as exponential weighting. For those who want to know more, read on.

You may like to read the article on Morse code before attempting this question. Morse's letter analysis was done over 150 years ago, so might there be a better allocation of symbols today?

Imagine you have a large supply of 3kg and 8kg weights. How many of each weight would you need for the average (mean) of the weights to be 6kg? What other averages could you have?

Here is the start of a six-part challenge. Can you get to the end and crack the final message?

This short article gives an outline of the origins of Morse code and its inventor and how the frequency of letters is reflected in the code they were given.

This article explores the process of making and testing hypotheses.

Can you deduce which Olympic athletics events are represented by the graphs?

Which countries have the most naturally athletic populations?

If you are given the mean, median and mode of five positive whole numbers, can you find the numbers?

Design and test a paper helicopter. What is the best design?

Can you guess the colours of the 10 marbles in the bag? Can you develop an effective strategy for reaching 1000 points in the least number of rounds?

This problem offers you two ways to test reactions - use them to investigate your ideas about speeds of reaction.

Can you find sets of numbers which satisfy each of our mean, median, mode and range conditions?

Invent a scoring system for a 'guess the weight' competition.

Play around with sets of five numbers and see what you can discover about different types of average...

With access to weather station data, what interesting questions can you investigate?

Find the frequency distribution for ordinary English, and use it to help you crack the code.

Anna, Ben and Charlie have been estimating 30 seconds. Who is the best?

Start with two numbers and generate a sequence where the next number is the mean of the last two numbers...

How well can you estimate 10 seconds? Investigate with our timing tool.

How can we make sense of national and global statistics involving very large numbers?

Can you do a little mathematical detective work to figure out which number has been wiped out?