What are the probabilities of winning at tennis? This challenging activity is designed to be accessible to students of A-Level Maths (grades 10, 11, and 12).
Use our interactivity to simulate picking up a bow and some arrows and trying to hit the target a few times. Can you work out the best settings for the sight? This activity gives an opportunity to gather and collate data, and to test hypotheses, and is designed to be accessible to younger secondary maths students (grades 5, 6, 7, and 8).
How many different football team formations can you find? This activity provides an engaging real-life context to investigate simple combinations, and is aimed at Key Stage 3 students.
Can you throw a beanbag as far as the Olympic hammer or discus throwers? This activity introduces children to informal measures to compare distances, and is designed to be accessible to primary pupils at Key Stage 1.
This activity follows on from Charting Success and encourages students to consider and analyse representations of data from the world of sport, to make sense of the stories they tell, and to analyse whether the right representation has been chosen for the purpose. It is aimed at secondary students (Key Stages 3 and 4).
Sports statisticians, trainers and competitors create graphs, charts and diagrams to help them to analyse performance, inform training programmes or improve motivation. This activity encourages students to consider and analyse representations of data from a number of sports, and to discuss whether the right representation has been chosen for the purpose. It is aimed at secondary students (Key Stages 3 and 4).
Does weight give shot putters an advantage? This activity encourages students to engage in statistical analysis, and is aimed at GCSE and A-level students (Key Stages 4 and 5).
Can you work out which order these thirteen nations finished in after competing? This activity presents an exercise in strategic thinking, accessible to lower secondary students (but hinting at the more advanced mathematics of sorting algorithms that they might meet if continuing to study maths at A-level). It is aimed at Key Stage 3 students.
Can you analyse the nutritional needs of a long-distance cyclist to help him plan his calorie intake? This activity provides a real-life context for handling data, converting units and proportional reasoning and is aimed at secondary students at Key Stages 3 and 4.
Four sporty brainteasers in the context of fencing, hockey, football and international medal tables. This activity challenges students to be resourceful, to think logically and to work systematically, and is designed to be accessible to secondary maths students at Key Stages 3 and 4.
Can you work out which Olympics athletics event each anonymised graph of Olympic records data represents? This activity, aimed at Key Stage 3 (age 11-14), gives students the opportunity to make sense of graphical data and challenges them to apply their own knowledge about athletics to explain and interpret key features of the graphs.
Whether you're responding to a starting pistol or hitting a ball served by your opponent, reaction times are enormously important in sport. This activity includes both an interactive computer test of reaction times and suggestions for a hands-on experiment, and encourages younger secondary maths students (grades 5, 6, 7, and 8) to make and test hypotheses and to collect and analyse data.
Can you use data from the 2008 Beijing Olympics medal tables to decide which country has the most naturally athletic population? This data-handling activity encourages mathematical investigation and discussion and is designed to be accessible to secondary maths students at Key Stages 3 and 4.
If two goals are scored in a hockey match between two equally-matched teams, what are the possible scores? This activity gives an opportunity to investigate probability in the context of sport, and is designed to be accessible to secondary maths students at Key Stage 3.