Try being a Data Detective - Interpreting data

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 Brooklyn and find out how her maths skills and hobbies helped her get a job as a data analyst at Just Eat!

In the accompanying activities, students get to have a go at being a data analyst themselves. They will work with a data set and then advise the marketing team on the strategy they should take for their next advert.

Activities

Version A

Curriculum focus: Upper KS2

Topic: Interpreting data and averages

Content:

  • Rounding and estimation
  • Graphs relating 2 variables

There is no requirement that students will have already learnt about the mean average

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Version B

Curriculum focus: KS3 and GCSE Foundation

Topic: Interpreting data, measures of central tendency and spread

Content:

  • Scatter graphs

There is no requirement that students will have already learnt beyond finding the mean but they will be encouraged to consider other ways of comparing the data

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Version C

Curriculum focus: Higher Tier GCSE

Topic: Interpreting, analysing and comparing data sets

Content:

  • Box plots
  • Measures of central tendency and spread
  • Scatter graphs
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Version D

Curriculum focus: Core Maths and A level Mathematics

Topic: Interpreting, analysing and comparing data sets

Content:

  • Box plots
  • Measures of central tendency and spread
  • Scatter graphs (optional question on correlation coefficients and lines of regression)
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