Mammals

This is an extended assignment that was designed to be completed over a half-term break and then assessed. It provides an opportunity for students to apply the full statistical problem-solving cycle, drawing on the Nuffield resource ‘Mammals’. Approximately two hours of lesson time need to be spent in advance of setting the assignment to ensure students are familiar with the material.

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Overview of task

This is an extended assignment that was designed to be completed over a half-term break and then assessed. It provides an opportunity for students to apply the full statistical problem-solving cycle, drawing on the Nuffield resource ‘Mammals’. Approximately two hours of lesson time need to be spent in advance of setting the assignment to ensure students are familiar with the material.

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Strand

Statistics

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Prior knowledge

Appreciation of averages, scatter graphs, lines of best fit, outliers, missing data, cumulative frequency graphs, box plots, comparing sets of data, using spreadsheets to calculate statistics and present data, use of the internet to find information.

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Relevance to Core Maths qualifications

•AQA

•C&G

•Eduqas

•Pearson / Edexcel

•OCR

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Suggested approaches

Group work for collaboration, discussion and debate during preparatory lessons. Independent or small group work for the assessed assignment. Homework could include undertaking further research.

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Resources/documentation

Full details of the assignment, teacher notes, student handouts and assessment criteria are included in the accompanying document.

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Relevant digital technologies

Spreadsheets and other digital technologies should be used for analysing and presenting the data.

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Possible extensions

Extensive research into links between variables or comparing large and small mammals. Using digital technologies to draw box plots and/or cumulative frequency graphs.

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Acknowledgement

Developed by Emily Cooper at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College.