Primary maths: Statistics

Sian Evans
19th April 2018
Colourful bar chart representing KS1 and KS2 statistics lessons in primary maths

Discover top ways of getting to grips with graphs, charts and tables using these well-structured resources

With multiple opportunities to gather data relevant to your pupils' lives and apply it to real-life situations, statistics can be one of the most practical topics for your class. From bar charts and pie charts to line graphs and pictograms, we've selected a handful of interesting ways to tackle the topic.

Classroom activities 

Delving into the world of data handling doesn't have to be complicated or dull! Why not try some of these varied approaches to converting numbers into clear, visual representations?


KS2 Football Statistics Maths

This resource has 4 differentiated levels and is aimed at Years 3 - 6 to practise their reasoning skills by analysing football data.

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By ClassroomSecrets

Reasoning slides and cards Year 2- statistics

Reasoning slides to engage pupils in discussion and extend their understanding of statistics and data. Reasoning cards for evidence in children's books.

Visit for a range of differentiated resources!
By gsprimaryeducation


Everything you would like to teach about bar graphs is contained in this ultimate bar graph collection pack. This 110 page booklet features interactive pictographs and bar graphs in the ‘Bar Graphs Interactive Fun' collection and a wide variety of class surveys undertaken in the ‘Bar Graphs Class Surveys’ collection. In addition, there are four other graphing activities that enable students to move from the concrete to the abstract.

Graphs target students of different ability levels and are categorised into two main sections:

Activities involve using concrete materials such as pictures, dice, spinners, coins and smarties/M&M'S to collect, tabulate, graph and interpret data in bar/column graphs.

Activities involve graphing given tabulated data and interpreting graphed data. Students title the axes and draw up a scale in intervals.

This set of bar graphs require students to conduct surveys to collect and tabulate data. They then graph the data on a grid, record findings and write down two questions to ask a friend. The first few graphs have the scale drawn and the intervals marked, however in consecutive graphs students draw up their own scale and mark the intervals.

This section contains blank spinners for students to colour and create their own data to be graphed. Mathematical language in flashcards contain 39 key vocabulary words used when working with bar graphs.

* Answer keys included for relevant sections (except surveys).
By Laurane Rae

Pie charts, line graphs and the mean average

Enabling pupils to develop their mathematical reasoning skills through independent work is a key element of the Mathematics Mastery programme.

This activity explores the concept of pie charts, line graphs and the mean average

• Pupils should complete these tasks using concrete manipulatives as part of the CPA approach
• Pupils should be encouraged to explain their working in full sentences
• These tasks may be adapted with pupils working in pairs to encourage mathematical discussion

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By Mathematics Mastery

Lesson ideas

Kick-start a unit on statistics with help from these straightforward presentations, which offer step-by-step instructions covering the main concepts in this topic.


KS2 Statistics Lessons Bundle / Pack (4 Lessons)

Statistics Lesson Bundle / Pack (4 Lessons for KS2)

For each lesson there are two lesson plans:
- one more detailed version designed for trainee / new teachers
- one less detailed that is designed for more experienced teachers

Each lesson also includes all of the resources needed for the lesson. Depending on the lesson, this may include:
- a PowerPoint
- worksheets (always differentiated to at least 3 levels of difficulty)
- a plenary (end of lesson) activity
- other teaching resources e.g. flashcards and formative assessment activities

For every file, there is a PDF and an editable Word / PowerPoint / Excel version of the file.

The lessons included are:

- carroll diagrams
- pictograms x 2
- tally charts

All of these lessons can be bought individually and / or previewed in greater detail in the Save Teachers' Sundays TES store.

You can also find an alternative version of this bundle, which includes lesson plans and other teaching resources to go with each set of worksheets in the Save Teachers' Sundays TES store.
By SaveTeachersSundays

Introduction to interpreting and handling data - column bar graphs

A simple PPT lesson which will introduce interpreting and handling data, specifically with relation to column charts/ bar graphs.

It begins by asking students to guess what a blank graph could represent (interpreting data), before moving on to various graphs with questions designed to introduce the vocabulary related to graphs (axis/axes, mode, range) while also interpreting the data.

There is one slide at the end which asks a number of questions to check understanding of the vocabulary and to interpret the graph, and then a final slide which asks students to create their own survey question and think about what the graph could look like.

By Tigerlearn

Maths: Introductory Lesson to Pictograms - data.

This is a resource for my low ability Year 7 maths group on reading pictograms. It covers reading simple pictograms where each picture represents one, pictograms where pictures represent more than a value of one and focusses on 3 core skills: working out the value for each line, using this information to order the results (most popular to least popular) and working out the total number of responses to the survey. Notes are included on the slides. Please leave me feedback if you use this resource. Included IS a version saved in the previous PowerPoint version.
By dazayling

Bar Charts

Different Types of Bar charts.
By Fintan Douglas

Games and fun challenges

From a marvellous murder mystery to competitive quick-fire matching activities, your students will love recapping the key elements of statistics while having fun. Try something a bit different today…


Year 6 Line graphs and bar charts murder mystery investigation

Year 6 maths - whole class mixed ability group challenge, needs two lessons worth of time. Children work together in mixed ability groups of 4-6 to examine evidence statements about a murder! From the evidence statements they have to choose the relevant evidence, choose which type of graph or chart is most suitable to present the evidence it shows, and use it to work out who the murderer was! Lots of fun and can be embellished with props for an immersive experience!
By simon_morrell

Graphs and Charts Matching Activity Statistics

This statistics graphs 4-piece puzzle is a fun way to test students ability interpret data. Students match the images of fruit to the frequency table and two graph representations (pie charts and bar graphs).
It is designed to be easily cut with little wastage. So either the teacher or tutor can prepare the cards by cutting them before hand, or students can cut their own cards, giving them a chance to see the solutions before they attempt the puzzle.

This is great for the new GCSE 9-1 Revision practice.

Although this product is made in colour, it prints perfectly well in black and white. Each puzzle is the size of an A4 sheet. To use less paper, select the pages per sheet option, and the puzzles will be smaller, but still high quality.

Available as part of Matching Activity Bundle One.

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Fruit Pie Charts Activity
Pictopraph Activity
Firework Bar Graph Activity
By LittleStreams

Maths - Data & statistics Sweetie Grab Investigation

Fun activity for applying data handling skills.
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By Whitley01

Handa's Data Handling Game

Move around the game board collecting fruit. Some choices and hazards along the way. Practical Fruit collecting Graph boards included plus a supporting worksheet.

By bevevans22

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