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Age Range: 5-7
Duration: 30-59 mins
  • Maths

Favourite colour tally chart

Working in teams to produce a tally chart of favourite colours

Prepare to embark on a colourful journey as we explore and record everyone’s favourite colours.

In this interactive and engaging activity, students will create a tally chart to collect data and discover the most popular colours in the class. Get ready to observe, count, and tally as you learn more about your classmates’ colour preferences. By the end of this activity, you will not only have a beautiful visual representation of your classes’ favourite colours, but you will also develop your data collection and analysis skills.

Tally charts are a quick and easy way of recording data. You will learn how to produce one and how it can be used to find out the favourite and least favourite colours in your class!

Activity introduction

This activity is one of a set of free STEM resources developed to support teaching the primary national curriculum and key topics within maths and science.

In this activity, learners will produce a tally chart of favourite colours in a class. They will split into groups and go around to the other learners in the class, recording their favourite colours in their chart. They will then add up the totals and discuss their results.

This activity could be used as a main lesson to develop knowledge and understanding of recording and displaying data methods or as part of a wider scheme of learning focusing on statistics. It could also be used as a starting point for learning based on the use of colour in Design & Technology.

How long will this activity take?

This activity will take approximately 40-60 minutes to complete.

The engineering context

Transport engineers use tally charts to record how many vehicles, and of what types, pass through road junctions or along busy roads; this helps them to plan the timings of traffic lights and identify routes where changes are needed.

Engineers need an understanding of colour when producing aesthetically pleasing solutions for clients.

Suggested learning outcomes

By the end of this activity, students will be able to construct a tally chart to record and analyse data about their favourite colours.

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