Statistics (pictograms, bar charts & line graphs): 50 Things

1 - Learning Objective

Challenge level ⭐

(designed for children with prior knowledge of the Year 3 programme of study)

Learning Objective

We are learning how to solve a natural world problem by using and applying our skills and knowledge of statistics, pictograms and bar charts.

Useful Prior Knowledge:

  • To interpret and present data using bar charts
  • To interpret and present data using pictograms

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Clip Description

The National Trust created a list of exciting outdoor challenges. They called it 50 Things to do Before You’re 11¾. Challenges on the list include building a den, skimming a stone, foraging for wild food, stargazing, keeping a nature diary and playing Poohsticks.

In this fascinating clip, we are given some top tips for winning a game of Poohsticks – a game first mentioned in a book featuring Winnie-the-Pooh. In this simple game, players must drop a stick on the upstream side of a bridge. The one whose stick first appears on the downstream side, is the winner. What do you think the ‘perfect’ poohstick looks like? Watch the clip to find out.

Quick Whiteboard Challenge

In the clip, we are shown a formula to describe the perfect poohstick. This formula uses algebra. Algebra is an area of mathematics where letters and symbols are used in place of numbers.

a = 2      b = 3        c = 4

Using the facts above, can you complete the following number sentences?

a + 5 = ?

b x a = ?

c – a = ? – 8