Sunday, 23 March 2014

Graph stories are a fun and open-ended way to explore continuous line graphs.  As you know, if you have heard me talk about maths planning, I feel that data handling in the primary curriculum is a tool or form of communication that can be used to support the teaching and learning in all the other maths topics.

Just as you wouldn’t have a separate unit of maths on ‘Language’, I think that tables, charts, graphs and diagrams all give opportunities to add a context to your teaching of number, calculations, shapes, fractions and measures.
Download this Bath Time Graph to use with your class.

### Bath Time Graph Stories

Try this maths activity, it is an old favourite of mine.  It is appropriate for Y5 or Y6 and links very nicely to a unit with ‘Time’ as a focus. A good way to introduce the continuous nature of line graphs is to model one based on water filling a bath.

•  Start with no title or label and ask the class what they think it shows – anything is possible.

• Then put on the labels and ask them to try to tell the story of the line graph as talk partners.

Tip :  Make sure you talk about the scale on the axes and how this could change the picture, but not the story.

Now get your children to have a go at a making up their own graph stories from any blank graph. They can decide the information their graph is showing.

Draw your own graphs like these or, if you are a subscriber, use this worksheet.

For subscribers there is a blank bar graph that can be used for Years 2-4. It can be included in a topic on addition and subtraction

It is important to have a clear idea of the progression within data handling – the 2014 NC Programmes of Study helps a little with the statistics strand, but it is very light on detail.

For Planning Package subscribers there is a detailed Small Steps of Progression Chart and I have now provided a data handling record sheet, which will certainly help.

You need to make sure that you have that balance of breadth and depth (as usual) when planning data handling tasks.

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