The pupils were told that they needed to find out about the numbers of different types of bird that visited their outdoor classroom. The teacher gave them the names and pictures to identify six birds and the pupils discussed different ways to record which birds visited, and how many.
A pre-prepared tally chart was then provided and they were asked to think about how to record observation of a bird that was not included on the list. They then completed observations in the outdoor classroom, completing their tally charts and displaying the data on a bar chart.
Do these birds visit your outdoor classroom?
- Further practice at presenting data in bar charts to include clear labelling of axes.
- Identifying the importance of gathering sufficient evidence in investigative work, with consideration of repeating the survey over a period of time.
The simple table matches the bar chart, and identification and recording of birds in addition to those originally listed is made.