Savile Park Primary School

Headteacher: Mrs J Boylan

Statistics

Statistics and data are essential for understanding the world. The data handling skills your child learns at primary school will help them understand numerical information throughout life.

At the end of primary school, children sit mandatory tests in arithmetic and reasoning. Although these may seem a bit daunting, children build their maths skills gradually through the primary years. So, your child will progress from interpreting simple pictograms in Year 2 to constructing pie charts and calculating averages in Year 6.

There are a variety of simple things you can do at home to support your child’s understanding of statistics.

How to help at home

You don’t need to be an expert to support your child with maths! Here are three simple but effective ways you can help your child develop their understanding of statistics.

1. Discuss data

Look for real-life tables, charts, and graphs in newspaper articles or non-fiction books. Discuss what the data shows and ask your child about it. Why do they think the data has been presented in that way? Is it easy to understand? Could it be shown in a clearer way?

2. Conduct a survey

Help your child to survey friends or family about topics such as favourite films, foods, or sports.

How many people took part? What does the data show? How could it be presented? Encourage your child to analyse the data and ask questions about it.

3. Use timetables

Look at timetables together. For example, take a look at public transport, cinema showings, or holiday activity schedules. When is the next bus? How long will journeys take? When will films finish?

You could also encourage your child to make their own timetables for daily routines or excursions.