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Wednesday 1st April 2020

Today in maths, we are continuing to learn about statistics. Our focus will be tables.

You will need to interpret information from tables to answer one and two-step problems. You will need to use your addition and subtraction skills to answer some of the questions.


Task 1


The table shows which sports children play.



1. How many children play tennis?

2. Which sports does Mo play?

3. Which children play football and tennis?

4. Which child plays the most sport?





Need some help answering questions? 



In a table, rows are "horizontal" collections of items belonging to a certain category; columns are "vertical" collections.


Look at the example questions below. This is how I would solve them...


Question: How many children play Rugby?


To find the answer to this question, I would start by looking at the column containing the sports on the left-hand side. I would then find 'Rugby' and put my finger on it. After that, I would move my finger along the row to see how many ticks there are. There are 2 ticks, so 2 people like rugby.


Who plays rugby? The ticks are in the columns entitled 'Eva' and 'Teddy' so Eva and Teddy play rugby.


Question: Which sports does Annie play?


To solve this question I would look for the column with the heading 'Annie'. I would then look down the column to find the ticks. I would then move along the rows containing the ticks to find out which sport the tick was for. Annie has ticks in the rows entitled  'Football', 'Tennis' and 'Basketball'. Therefore, these are the sports she plays.


Question: Which children play Tennis and Rugby?


To answer this question, I would simply read down each column to see if they had a tick for 'Tennis', 'Rugby' or both. In this case, all of the children have a tick for at least one of the sports, so the answer would be 'everyone'.



Now have a go at answering the questions above! If you still need some help, drop your class teacher an email.


Task 2


How many questions can you create for this table?


Possible ideas:

  • How many hours does the shop open for in total?
  • Which day does it open the longest?











Challenge yourself by making the questions trickier. When finished, answer your own questions.



Extra challenge