Primary maths teach children data handling from key stage 1. At this age your children will be taught to:

  • Interpret and construct simple pictograms, tally charts, block diagrams and simple tables.
  • Ask and answer simple questions by counting the number of objects in each category and sorting the categories by quantity.
  • Ask and answer questions about totalling and comparing categorical data.



Primary maths classes will teach your child that a pictograph uses picture or symbols to represent numbers. It shows information in pictures rather than words.


Primary Maths – Data Handling Activities

Listed below are some fun ideas and games that your children can use to help them improve their understanding of data handling according to the primary maths curriculum.

Our Favorite Foods

Help your children create a list of foods, including two starters, two mains, two vegetables dished and two deserts. Then have your children poll family members and other relatives about which foods on the list are their favorites. Encourage your children to keep track of responses by making tally marks next to each food name. Together, graph the results by making a pictograph. Have a “Family-Favourite Dinner” and serve the foods that were chosen as favourites by the most people in your family.

Record the Weather

Create a bar graph recording the weather conditions for a week. Along the horizontal axis, list weather conditions appropriate for your area, such as sunny, rainy, cloudy, and so on. Along the vertical axis, list the numbers 1 to 7. At the same time each day, identify the weather conditions and fill in a box above the word that describes the weather. After a week, discuss what the graph shows. How many days was it sunny? Rainy? Were there more sunny days or cloudy days?


Look at How I’ve Grown!

Create a line graph showing how your children have grown over time. Record your children’s height at various heights in your children’s lives. Connect the dots with a line to show the growth between the times the measurements were actually taken. Talk about what the graph shows. When did your children have growth spurts? How does the graph show this?


Data Handling  Games 


Bar Chartsprimary maths

This game helps your children improve their understanding of interpreting bar charts. This game is good as it offers 3 levels of difficulty for your children to use, so as their understanding improves they can move onto the next level. The game can be found at this website



Sort the Shapesprimary maths

Primary maths will teach your child about shapes. This game is all about sorting shapes into categories. This game will help your children improve their basic understanding of sorting. It will also improve your children’s knowledge of shapes. This is a good game for your children to play as it is a cross over of two subjects for your children to improve their skills on.