Lesson 1: Zoo data

The term 'data' is introduced through an animal-themed activity that involves identifying the number of animals at a zoo and developing visual ways to represent the numbers

Learning objective

  • To represent data in different ways

National curriculum

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Before the lesson

Download classroom resources

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May benefit from working as part of a pair to share ideas with and get reassurance. They may need reminding that there is no right or wrong way to show the information.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to explore a variety of different ways, including incorporating numerals.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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