Units of Work: Statistical Investigations

Underpinning the units of work on this site is our strong belief that students need to be actively involved in all aspects of the investigation. When we organise and structure the investigation for them we take away from them the chance to think and the chance for them to present their ideas in ways that make sense to them. Over Levels 1 to 4, the four aspects of question, collect, display and discuss, develop together as part of the overall concept of statistical investigation. See the links in the "Learning Sequence" column for more detail on the steps in the sequence. A number of these statistics investigations involve the use of computer spreadsheets. These units are marked with *.

Learning sequence

Curriculum Achievement Objectives

Specific Learning Outcomes
The students will be able to:

Units of work

Level 1

Exemplar Link

Level 1 Statistical investigation A01

  • sort objects into categories for display
  • make a display of the data collected (pictograph)
  • make statements about data displays
  • I like trucks
    Greedy Cat
    Level 2

    Exemplar Link

    Level 2 Statistical investigation A01

  • pose questions for investigation
  • collect category data
  • display data in tally charts, uniform pictograms bar charts
  • make statements about data displays
  • Party, Party, Party
  • collect data on a tally chart
  • make pictograms to represent data
  • produce bar charts of data using Microsoft Excel
  • My favourite *
  • write questions for statistical investigations and design a method of collection of data
  • display collected data in an appropriate format
  • make statements about implications or possible actions based on the results of an investigation
  • make conclusions on the basis of statistical investigations
  • Planning a statistical Investigation
  • collect information
  • write questions for investigation
  • sort information into categories
  • display information to answer questions or find out things
  • answer questions by sorting, organising and arranging information
  • make sensible statements about the information and be able to back up their statements wiht appropriate displays
  • Data Squares Level 2
    Level 3

    Exemplar Link

    Level 3 Statistical investigation A01

  • display data in bar graphs and stem and leaf graphs
  • discuss features of data display using middle, spread, and outliers
  • Sports
  • plan an investigation
  • display data in dot plots, strip graphs and pie charts
  • discuss features of data display using middle, spread, and outliers
  • Fridge pickers
  • record data in tables
  • use scatter plot graphs to identify relationships between variables
  • Paper Planes L3
  • plan an investigation
  • choose an appropriate data display (bar chart, stem-and-leaf, strip graph, line graph)
  • make statements about the findings of the investigation
  • Carrots
  • write questions for statistical investigations and design a method of collection of data
  • display collected data in an appropriate format
  • make statements about implications or possible actions based on the results of an investigation
  • make conclusions on the basis of statistical investigations
  • Planning a Statistical Investigation
  • collect informtion
  • sort information into categories
  • answer questions by sorting, organising and arranging information
  • make sensible statements about the information with supporting evidence
  • Data Squares Level 3
    Level 4

    Exemplar Link

    Level 4 Statistical investigation A01

  • plan an investigation
  • discuss features of data displays using mean and mode
  • state implications from investigation
  • Averagelooking
  • plan an investigation including selecting an appropriate sample
  • choose and construct appropriate data displays
  • discuss features of data displays using mean, median and mode and looking at the range where appropriate
  • state implications from their investigation
  • look at possible further investigations or improvements to their investigations
  • Census@School
    Time Use Survey
    What is a Typical Year 8?
  • plan an investigation
  • choose an appropriate data display (bar chart, stem-and-leaf, strip graph, line graph)
  • make statements about the findings of the investigation
  • use spreadsheets to display and analyse data
  • Measuring up*
    Cars *
    Travel to school 1 *
    Travel to school 2 *
  • plan an investigation
  • use spreadsheets to display and analyse data
  • discuss features of data display
  • Sports statistics *
  • follow and repeat a procedure to replicate exactly the same conditions
  • measure and record distances accurately
  • graph the starting positions and distances travelled on scatter graphs
  • talk about distinctive features of scatter graphs
  • make statements, backed up by reference tographs, about possible actions
  • Marble Roll
    Level 5

    Exemplar Link

    Level 5 Statistical investigation A01

  • discuss features of small amounts of discrete data
  • compare features of sets of small amounts of discrete data
  • plan and conduct an investigation to ascertain information from a set of data
  • report the results of the investigation concisely and coherently
  • Discrete Data
  • plan an investigation
  • be able to display time series data
  • discuss features of time series distributions
  • compare features of time series distributions
  • report on possible sources of error and limitations in displayed data
  • report the results of a statistical investigations concisely and coherently
  • Time Series (L5)
  • tidentify questions that can be answered using statistical datat
  • discuss the notion of "outlier"
  • draw box and whisker plots
  • compare two such plots
  • A Preliminary Investigation of Reaction Times
    Level 6

    Exemplar Link

    Level 6 Statistical investigation A01

  • plan an investigation
  • be able to display time series data
  • discuss the components and features of time series distributions
  • compare features of different time series distributions
  • report the results of a statistical investigation concisely and coherently
  • Time Series (L6)
  • write and answer a question that compares sets of statistical data
  • justify the answer to a question with reference to graphs and statistical calculations
  • compare data about two variables
  • record statistical information in ways that are helpful for drawing conclusions
  • comment on statistical processes e.g. bias, limitations and possible improvements
  • Stork Delivery
  • calculate means
  • choose appropriate ways of grouping continuous variables in order to represent them on histograms
  • compare two distributions
  • discuss the difference between the distribution of a variable and the distribution of the mean of a variable
  • Further Investigations of Reaction Times