This activity is based on using data (specifically maximum and minimum temperatures) from weather archives, and asking students to analysis the trends in the data, using for example a moving average approach to the analysis.

Summary

This activity is based on using data (specifically maximum and minimum temperatures) from weather archives, and asking students to analysis the trends in the data, using for example a moving average approach to the analysis.

Mathematical strand

Statistics

Prior knowledge

Students will need to have an understanding of data analysis and in particular the use of moving averages (although this activity could be used to introduce the concept of the moving average).

Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

•AQA

•C&G

•Eduqas

•Pearson / Edexcel

•OCR

Suggested approaches

The context is provided in the form of a data sheet on weather statistics over time, with maximum and minimum temperatures. This is ideal for small group discussion and whole-class debate as well as more specific tasks for pairs to work on. It is very topical and students could be encouraged to write up their findings in the form of a report.

Resources/documentation

In addition to this overview there are:

- Teacher notes
- Data sheet
- Notebook

Relevant digital technologies

This provides an excellent opportunity to use spreadsheets for the data analysis.

Possible extensions

Further extensions could be: using similar data from other locations (and possible other countries); and using other forms of weather data (for example rainfall, wind speeds etc.)

Acknowledgement

This is a resource developed for the Core Maths Support Programme by Tom Rainbow (Ivybridge School).

Materials