In this activity your child will play a game and use a variety of ways to record their scores.

Week 2 - Package 4 - Year 5 & 6 Mathematics - Basketball Toss

# Things you need

Ideal Back up

pair of socks

Any soft object (stuffed toy, sponge)

a clear space

pencils or markers

Paper to record

# Why is this activity important?

Chance activities provide fun opportunities for children to experience the elements of probability. Children use a variety of ways to record their scores and represent it in a graph. Drawing graphs allow us to present information in ways which makes it easier for other people to see what we discovered. It also allows us to interpret what we saw and draw conclusions.

# Before you start

Make sure:

• You set up the activity with ample space (3 meters) and in a safe location

• Your child has a pencil to record how many tosses successfully get into the basket.

# What to do next

• Take 3 big steps from your starting line and place a basket, bucket or container at the end.

• Then, do the same thing 10 times with your left hand.

• Repeat again. Try throwing backwards and with your eyes closed.

Activity too hard? Activity too easy?

Shorten the distance to throw

Lengthen the distance to throw

• How many times did you get the ball/sock/toy in the basket throwing it right-handed, left-handed and backwards? Why do you think the scores were different?

• Why do we draw graphs to represent data?

• Where else do we see graphs being used? Eg weather report, surveys

Time yourself running a 10 meter distance (Take 10 big steps to approximate 10 metres).

Record how many seconds it takes to run the 10 meters.

Do this 10 times and record each length of time it takes in seconds.

Draw a line graph to represent the length of time it took for each run.

Did your times slow down or fasten up as you finished your 10 sprints? Why?

How far did you run in total (if exactly 10m each time)?

Calculate how long it would take to run 100 meters, 500 meters and 1kilometer (1000m) in seconds

Convert these seconds to minutes and hours (60sec=1min, 60min=1hr).

Using Google maps, calculate how many kilometres it is from your house to either a friend’s house, the corner shop, school, train station or your favourite take away.

How long would it take you to run there?