Other Subjects: Maths - Data Handling

Middle-higher ability Year 9 and 10 students produce a presentation about the team most likely to win either a single match or a pool.

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Delivery idea

Middle-higher ability Year 9 and 10 students produce a presentation about the team most likely to win either a single match or a pool.

How to do it

The teacher begins by asking:

  • What makes a good winning team?
  • Do the same skills apply to any team?
  • How could we predict the probability of a team winning

Or

  • Who is the best team?
  • How are the IRB world rankings calculated?

Either the teacher or the students need to source raw data from games analyses, such as:

  • No. (%) of line outs won
  • No. (%) of scrums won
  • No. (%) of tackles made/missed
  • Conversion rate
  • No. turnovers

Students work in small groups to interrogate the data and present which team they think will win, and why.

When/ where to use it

Students will need prior knowledge of how to:

  • create hypotheses
  • sort and pick out key data and decide what data to use
  • use ICT to create graphs and presentations
  • draw pie charts
  • calculate means
  • draw other comparative graphs
  • plot scatter graphs and understand the correlation so they can compare multiple countries and see if there is a relationship between scrums won and line outs won.

Top tips

For the teacher

  • Have data to hand, preferably electronically, so the students can use ICT in maths.
  • Deliver a pre-lesson on how to find and calculate data.

For the students

  • Delegate jobs. Play to your strengths: who is going to present; which statistics are you going to give to which person to analyse?
  • Are there rugby players in the class who can be linked to each group to help with understanding?

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