Try working for a cause you are passionate about - Critical analysis

This resource is part of our Where maths meets the world of work series, which showcases the maths used in different careers. Each resource includes a video paired with activities that are tailored to different Key Stages, so your students can get a real taste of what the job may entail.

The video and accompanying resources have been designed so that they can be completed in one hour but there are plenty of opportunities to extend them further or use as part of home learning.

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In this video, you meet Matteo and find out why it matters to him to work in a business that makes the world a better place.

There are two different activities to choose from that accompany the video. In the Voting Systems activity, students get to vote on their favourite photograph (in different ways) and decide on which is the fairest way to pick the winner.  This is then related to different voting systems we encounter in our society.  The Critical analysis of headlines activity presents students with some seemingly negative headlines about a potential place to live.  Students are encouraged to investigate the source data and then re-frame the headlines accordingly.  Students are bombarded with messages from the media and in this activity they will develop life skills that will help them identify mis-information and question the validity and reliability of the data that they are presented with.

Activities

Version A

Curriculum focus: Upper KS2

Topic: Problem solving using information presented in a table or graph

Content:

  • Solve problems with fractions and percentages
  • Reason mathematically - develop an argument
  • Solve multi-step problems in context.
  • Interpret a pie chart
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Version B

Curriculum focus: KS3 and GCSE Foundation

Topic: Problem solving and interpreting from tables, charts and diagrams

Content:

  • Solve problems with fractions and percentages
  • Reason mathematically - develop an argument
  • Solve multi-step problems in context.
  • Compare distributions of a single variable
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Version C

Curriculum focus: Higher Tier GCSE

Topic: Problem solving and interpreting from tables, charts and diagrams

Content:

  • Assess the validity of an argument
  • Evaluate the accuracy of a given way of presenting information
  • Make and use connections between different parts of mathematics to solve problems
  • Recognise correlation and know that it does not indicate causation
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Version D

Curriculum focus: Core Maths and A level Mathematics (Statistics)

Topic: Critical thinking, decision making and reasoning.

Content:

  • Understanding sources of error and bias when problem-solving
  • Working with data
  • Interpretation of graphs
  • Correlation, knowing that it does not imply causation
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Cross-curricular opportunities

English - students can write catchy headlines and extend the task by writing news articles
Citizenship studies - students could go on to explore the powers of local and devolved government and how citizens can participate