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16 October 2014
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The third programme provides a focus for handling data. Calculations involving the passage of time are also included.

Broadcast date: 3 October 2006

SEELB code: RO 0101- Although this series has finished, programmes are still available to borrow or purchase from the Audio Visual Recording service at SELB. Just quote this SELB number in your correspondence with the unit.

Story outline: In today's programme, Rhoda's moped has broken down. At the petrol station she meets Jeff the mechanic who is carrying out a survey on the use of station services. Jeff offers to repair Rhoda's moped if she will carry out the survey for him. Dylan and Jamie offer to help Rhoda. They invite the listeners to join them in producing the 'best survey ever'!
Key Stage 1: Handling Data, Measures Pupils should have opportunities to:- collect data and record it; talk about the outcome; progress to recording data in a range of ways, including bar charts and frequency tables; read and interpret the data.

Key Stage 2: Handling Data, Measures Pupils should have opportunities to:- collect, classify, record and interpret discrete numerical data using graphs, tables, bar charts with the axis starting at zero; collate and analyse the results; recognise times on the analogue clock, including one minute intervals.

Learning outcomes:
  • Pupils will appreciate the purpose of surveys.
  • Pupils will construct bar charts from given information.
  • Pupils will identify appropriate methods for representing information.
Teachers may wish to consolidate the learning outcomes by including the following activities in mental mathematics:-

Listen, Tally and Total

Children draw a blank data collection sheet similar to the one on the following page. Include services used in a garage, e.g. petrol pumps, car wash, air pump and telephone.
  • Teacher makes up a story about the customers using the garage.
  • Children listen and tally at the appropriate service.
  • They total the tallies at the end of the story.
For example: 'On this bright sunny day at the Go Go Garage, three cars are at the petrol pumps and a sports car has just pulled in to put air in the tyres. A queue of four has formed at the phone box waiting for Mr and Mrs Chatterbox to finish their conversation. Three motor bike riders pull in to fill up their petrol tanks. A jeep arrives for the car wash and a sports car with its roof down. Rhoda arrives and joins the queue at the telephone. She needs help again! Jamie arrives to buy some sweets and wants to know what your totals are. Can you tot them up?'

Children make up a story for the other four services.

There is a cash machine at the garage and Rhoda has been asked to see if there is enough money for the customers. The machine has £100 at the start of the day. Pupils are asked to keep a running total as they listen to the amounts the customers withdraw.

For example: 'Mr Moneypenny arrives and takes out £30. Alison drives up in her sports car and needs £15 to pay for petrol. Wee Jamie only wants £5 for his dinner money. Rhoda needs £9 to fix her motor bike. Dylan the DJ needs £11 to buy the latest N17 CD. How much is left in the machine?'

Points for Pupils to Ponder:

What would happen if you tallied all the times you ate a meal, snacked or took a drink for one week? What would your data collection sheet look like? Can you guess what the totals would look like?

Could you use a calculator to work out how many meals you eat in a year? What keys would you have to press?
Click on the links below for worksheets:

Worksheet 1: Full Up at the Garage

Worksheet 2: At the Garage

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