Primary maths data handling teaching resources
Primary Maths Data handling
Here are brilliant resources to help teach data handling in a meaningful way, split by key stage. Pupils can use tables and charts to collect information, as well as comparing various methods of displaying survey results. We’ve also included a selection of resources for pupils to practise interpreting data from charts and graphs.
Collect data on a busy virtual road. How many vehicles of each type pass by in a minute? Ask pupils to make comparisons between the groups.
Create a class chart of pupils’ birthdays then use it as a stimulus for questions. The data blocks can be personalised with pupils’ names and a face.
Collect data on ways of travelling to school and ask pupils to input the information into a pictogram. Which was the most or least common method? Are the results what they expected?
Ask pupils to collect information on favourite toys, as a class or within groups, and to then display the data in a pictogram. Are the results what they expected?
Ask pupils to collect data and display the information in a pictogram. The data for favourite snacks could be collected within the class, from other classes or even from home.
Collect data from the class and enter it in a pictogram. Hold a class investigation, e.g. ‘Which eye colour is the most/least common?’ Invite observations and draw out conclusions from the data.
A two-part activity, to collect and plot information on a scatter graph, followed by an opportunity to compare data using a block graph. Pupils add labels, plotting themselves and their classmates onto the chart, making decisions and judgments about where they live in relation to the school.
Move around the game board collecting fruit, which is then added to a block graph, as an engaging way to introduce data handling.
Children collect a variety of data which can then be displayed in various ways. Useful for class investigations such as ‘Are names with 5 letters the most common?’
A simple sorting activity that can be made into a pictogram.
Data on favourite fruits, for pupils to interpret. Each graph is differentiated by the scales used.
A table for collecting data and a pictogram template for presenting findings. To meet the Year 1 objective ‘I can help answer a question and show what we have found out.’
Tally charts and pictures for each child to survey their friends and then create their own pictogram. Subjects included are Favourite Ice Cream and Favourite Football Team, as well as a blank graph.
An interactive whiteboard activity to help children understand how to complete a bar chart and how to interpret the information represented.
A pictogram chart showing how much activities cost at a leisure centre, followed by 10 questions.
A random bar chart generator. Use this for reading scales, interpreting results and mental strategies for calculating totals.
A table and clip art to complete a fruit pictogram, plus a worksheet to show favourite ice creams with questions.
Pupils choose food for a meal and look at its nutritional value. Use for whole class discussions or for individual pupils to explore, then report back their findings. The data is shown in three formats to compare - amounts in grams, block graph and pie chart.
A simple data handling activity that also encourages pupils to get to know each other and work together.
Two primary schools find fun ways to teach data handling. Pupils in one class form a human bar graph. Another
Survey the snails in your school grounds and display your results via an interactive whiteboard. Includes teacher’s notes, illustrated identification keys and record sheets. Easy to adapt/choose elements that you require to make it more selective/wider, or for differentiation purposes.
This resource aims to teach handling data, i.e. mean, mode, median and range, by way of an investigation. Pupils use the data in the personal profiles to draw bar charts and to ask and answer a number of questions.
Enter your data into the table and the graphs will automatically generate for you. Children label the chart and the axis. The data can be displayed in different formats for comparison.
A PowerPoint to stimulate discussion about an unlabelled bar chart. Good for looking at any trends in the results and for children to understand why labels are important. Also has examples of data to analyse and interpret, with questions.
Pupils tally red, blue, green and yellow cars as they fly past in the presentation, then find the modal colour.
Bar charts with intervals of 10 and questioning about the data. HA children can make their own questions in order to interpret their bar charts.
A project that allows pupils to handle data in a real life context. Year 5 collect discrete data, find the mode and range and display the results on an interactive bar graph. Year 6 collect discrete data, find the mode, median, mean and range and display their results on an interactive pictogram.