Statistics: Planning Playgrounds

Australian curriculum number (ACMSP262; ACMSP263)

In this sequence students learn to choose simple questions for a survey, gather responses and make simple inferences from their data. They create simple picture graphs and explore how the data varies between the different categories, then use the data to make decisions.

This sequence is for students who:

  • have not had much experience with data collection and representation. 
  • can count with one-to-one correspondence and to compare numbers to at least 20.


Lesson 1: Draw a Playground

Students are asked to brainstorm different playground equipment. They then draw a playground that they think all children would love.

Lesson 2: What Is Your Favourite?

The class works together to gather data on the playground facilities they have and enjoy in their school and local community. They organise and represent the data as a people graph and then as a column graph. Students use the graphs to answer questions and make simple inferences.

Lesson 3: Asking Others

Students work in groups to survey another class on what is their favourite playground equipment, then organise the data collected and represent it in a simple column graph. They compare this graph to the graph created in Lesson 2, which displays their own class’ favourite playground equipment.

Lesson 4: Design a Playground

Students use the data collected in Lessons 2 and 3 to design the ideal playground, and justify their playground design by making references to the data.


Last updated June 12 2020.