INVESTIGATING AND CALCULATING COSTS
Designed to support a school trip to Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
MATHEMATICS Upper Key Stage 2
Variants: Low Ability students | High Ability students
Statistics / Handling Data
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Students investigate the many costs involved in providing for the donkeys at the Sanctuary, and answer relevant questions. They also present the information in a graph or chart.
This is a maths resource that engages students with their visit to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary. The resource task enables them to practise their data handling skills.
Students are asked to investigate the costs of keeping a donkey, using their knowledge of costings gained at the Donkey Sanctuary as their base material. The task is designed to appeal to students in upper key stage 2.
This resource links to the Donkey Sanctuary’s English persuasive leaflet task allowing for effective cross-curricular opportunities.
This is a follow-up resource (with on-site investigative aspects) with the bulk of work completed in the classroom post-visit. This task can be introduced before the visit to the Donkey Sanctuary so that students are aware of the need to collect data on the costings information they may see or hear about during their visit.
The tasks can be integrated into lessons at any stage throughout the academic year as a revision tool or for data handling practice. It is anticipated that students will have an enriched experience as they will be reflecting on their school visit activities in a creative way, and this will reinforce how the effective handling of data can provide solutions to problems.
Key Skills Practised
Advanced Statistics & Data Mining (ASDM)
Identifying appropriate operations to solve a problem
Students could consider running costs such as their own expenditure weekly, monthly and then calculate annually and daily. The task should be discussed in class prior to the trip so students are bearing this in mind when on their visit, focusing on obtaining the relevant information during their visit to the Donkey Sanctuary. It would be useful if the students have already revised some features of collecting and using data.
Why not complete this resource on a day trip?
The Isle of Wight can be reached in as little as 12 minutes! If you're located close to the south coast then a day trip is easily achievable...
This resource could be completed as part of the following day trip:
Donkey Day Out! from £9.50pp
A fascinating insight into the world of donkeys, ideal for KS1 up to KS3. Get up close with these gentle and lovable creatures.
Students will demonstrate their data handling skills. They will show evidence of data collection, recording and the subsequent use of this data to provide solutions.
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