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Handling data and measurements

Key Stage 2 Mathematics

Block C Unit 2 Handling data and measurements (Year 3)  

Handling data and measurements


Children measure the outside temperature at the same time on each day for a week. They use ICT to record the temperature each day, in a suitable data handling program. At the end of the week they use the program to display the results on a bar chart. They answer questions such as:


Children should learn:


Mental starter
Use slide 1 to ask questions about the temperature data.

Main teaching
Use the thermometer ITP on the dcsf website, to teach the children how to measure temperature to the nearest degree.

Using slides 5-9 go through temperature, rainfall and wind speed measurements.

Tell the children they will be keeping a weather diary for one week and measuring the outside temperature at the same time every day.

If you have a weather station at school show them how to measure the wind speed and rainfall. Otherwise, show the children how to find the information using the latest weather data on the internet.

Demonstrate how to record the temperature each day in your chosen data handling program.

Main activity
Children measure the outside temperature in groups at the same time every day for one week and complete their individual weather diaries.

On the last day, when all the information has been collected, using ICT, children record the temperatures for the week in the chosen data handling program and use the information to display as a bar chart, which can then be printed.

Your own weather diary

Using slides 10-14 ask the children to answer questions with the help of their bar charts. Can they think of any other questions to ask? What does the chart tell us about the weather during the week?


You will need

Slides 10-14 of keeping a weather diary (Temperatures) slideshow (above)