Plan Collect Process Discuss
Teaching Materials for Statistics and Handling Data
The materials for this activity have been developed for the QCA-RSS Centre project
and can be downloaded as part of the trialling process from:
Virtual Reality Gloves
This task uses a Problem-Solving Approach and is
designed to take approximately 3 hours of teaching
The resource enables teachers to help pupils develop
solutions to a particular problem; identifying demand
for different designs of Virtual Reality Gloves. Pupils
plan how they will collect and record information on ‘handedness’ and ‘thumbedness’ to
help a manufacturer identify the possible demand for different designs.
This is an exercise in data collection. It is designed so that pupils work through the
whole of the problem solving approach and get an idea of how it holds together. The
scene-setting is important; the data collection and processing are fairly simple,
covering two-way tables and bar charts or pie charts. It can be easily adapted to use a
variety of discrete variable presentation methods and would ideally lend itself to pupils
choosing how to represent data themselves and allows for a discussion of the
suitability of their chosen method. It also illustrates how a single pass through the
handling data cycle can, following suitable evaluation, lead to the need for a second,
modified iteration of the cycle.
Teachers’ overview Bar chart
PowerPoint presentation* Data collection sheet
PDF of teachers’ notes from PowerPoint slides Experiment
Alternative version of presentation for printing onto OHTs Frequency
Pupil worksheet* Interpret
Supporting data in PDF format
Online pie-chart maker
Pupil feedback forms and teacher cover sheet
* These materials can be edited for your own use Represent
Classroom guidance: Two-way table
Time: 3 hours Secondary source
NC Level: 4-6
Cross curricular links: Science – genetic traits. Possible discussion of whether we can
identify someone using distinguishing features – what information/how much do we need?
Possible links to Biometric data & identity fraud in the media
We would like to thank you in advance for helping trial this activity.
To aid the ongoing development of this resource the project team would
welcome feedback from your experiences of using these materials.
Teachers’ Overview: Virtual Reality Gloves