It's in the News!
The fortnightly It's in the News! resources are explorations of mathematical ideas in topical contexts. Each set of materials is intended to provide a framework that you can adapt for your classroom and your learners, rather than a set of instructions to follow exactly.
A General Election was held on 6 May 2010. Elections generate an enormous amount of data that students can investigate. They are excellent opportunities for students to interpret data in an important and relevant context.
This activity looks at data from the 2010 election. In order to make sense of percentages derived from the data, students need to decide what 100% represents. They are prompted to calculate some alternative percentages, and to represent their data on graphs of their choosing.
Because this resource is not year group specific, you will need to read and possibly adapt it before you use it. For example you may choose to use the resource in a way that enables your learners to address key processes from the Key Stage 3 Programme of Study.
You will find more data from the 2010 election, together with questions and prompts, on the Secondary Forum.