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Throwing a six

In this Core Maths task students explore the question ‘On average, how many throws does it take to throw a six?’ Through this activity students can gain an understanding of ‘expectation’ as well as learning how to calculate summary statistics when the data is given in a frequency table.

Throwing a...

Which Team Won?

This resource can be used as an introductory exercise into mathematical modelling. The problem is to decide on the winning team in a race. Students need to examine the data and decide on a model to determine the winner.

Overview
This brief overview...

Stroop effect

This Core Maths task introduces the Stroop Effect. Students are asked to design and conduct an experiment to test the effect.

Stroop Effect: Front Sheet
This teacher guidance gives an overview of the task including prior student knowledge, suggested approaches and possible extensions....

Spread of disease

This Core Maths resource enables students to explore various models of the spread of disease. 

The presentation has links to instructions for three activities:

  • a practical investigation using a die and counters to model the spread and decline of a disease and an activity sheet to...

Patriotic Design

In this activity students explore the idea of correlation. The resource contains an overview, teacher guidance, data sheet and handouts. The activity provides an introduction to correlation, showing the basis of Spearman’s Rank Correlation Coefficient, but also indicating there are other methods of trying to...

Population Data

This resource contains seven activities related to population statistics.

Data Assessment is fourteen pages of questions to be used a test of the topics covered in the seven lessons.

Population Change Information Sheet is...

Scams

This resource is designed to introduce students to the need to be wary when an offer seems too good to be true. The resource contains an outline, guidance for teachers and a handout suitable for duplication for students. Students can use simulation or a more theoretical analysis of probability to work out why the...

Best Song Ever

In this activity students calculate Spearman's Rank Correlation Coefficient. The activity consists of students listening to the first few seconds of ten famous songs, ranking them and then comparing their ranking with an official ranking.

Best Songs Ever: This presentation...

Climate Change

In this resource students are required to use moving averages to investigate evidence for trends in local temperature change. There are links to the very real political and scientific debates regarding the question of climate change.

Climate Change Overview This brief overview makes...

100m Sprint

In this activity students examine the Olympic 100m winning times from 1928 to 2012. Both men's and women's times show an improvement. The challenge is how to show that there is an improving trend and to show which times show the most improvement. Scatter graphs, regression and the Least Squares Regression Line are...

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