Health, Social Care and Childcare (Other sources of ideas)
A collection of resources which provide ideas and inspiration for teaching mathematics in the context of health, social care and childcare. The resources included in this collection require some adaptation to make them appropriate for the particular audience.
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This resource involves extracting and interpreting information presented in tables, graphs and charts. Students investigate how activity and calorie intake are related and design their own calorie diary.
Students develop skills in interpreting bar charts and pie charts, interpreting other charts and graphs, using mode averages and interpreting tables. The resource would link to studies about diet and health, and the life processes and nutritional needs of humans and other animals
The Nappy Changing Challenge provides real data about students for analysis. They undertake a timed, practical, exercise of folding a towelling nappy and putting it onto a toy baby doll. Throughout the task students complete a form for the Nappy challenge and record their completed data in an excel file.
The class data is then used as the basis for an investigation. There are several suggestions which could be used as hypothesis and, once the class results have been analysed, they can be compared to data collected at a Cre8ate maths event.
This resource deals with a range of handling data ideas through a variety of contexts. Applicable sections are:
• Children’s health - students interpret cumulative frequency curves by finding quartiles and medians in order to compare sets of data.
• Men and women of the world - students compare and interpret data from scatter diagrams using lines of best fit.
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