Primary maths: Statistics

Explore classroom activities, lesson ideas, games and fun challenges to understand statistics with KS1 and KS2 primary pupils

Sian Evans

Colourful Bar Chart Representing KS1 & 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
ClassroomSecrets

KS2 Football Statistics Maths

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This resource has 4 differentiated levels and is aimed at Years 3 - 6 to practise their reasoning skills by analysing football data. You can find more football themed resources here: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/search/?fwp_topic=football
BAR GRAPHS AND PICTOGRAPHS: ACTIVITY SHEETS
Laurane Rae

BAR GRAPHS AND PICTOGRAPHS: ACTIVITY SHEETS

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This graphing unit features interpreting data in bar graphs and pictographs. Data is collected using concrete materials such as visuals, dice, spinners, coins and M&M s . This data is then represented in bar graphs and interpreted. The section on pictographs requires collected data to be inter...
Pie charts, line graphs and the mean average
Mathematics Mastery

Pie charts, line graphs and the mean average

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Enabling pupils to develop their mathematical reasoning skills through independent work is a key element of the [Mathematics Mastery programme](http://www.mathematicsmastery.org/#utm_source=tes&utm_campaign=tes_mastery_corner&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=tes_independent_tasks). T...

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)
SaveTeachersSundays

KS2 Statistics Lessons Bundle / Pack (4 Lessons)

4 Resources
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...
Introduction to interpreting and handling data - column bar graphs
Tigerlearn

Introduction to interpreting and handling data - column bar graphs

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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...
Maths: Introductory Lesson to Pictograms - data.
dazayling

Maths: Introductory Lesson to Pictograms - data.

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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 informat...

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
simon_morrell

Year 6 Line graphs and bar charts murder mystery investigation

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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 cha...
Statistics Graphs and Charts | Matching Activity
LittleStreams

Statistics Graphs and Charts | Matching Activity

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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 p...
Handa's Data Handling Game
bevevans22

Handa's Data Handling Game

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