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KS2 maths – probability lesson plan

Key Stage

KS2

Age

Years 5-6

Subjects

This investigation came to me out of the blue in my early years of teaching, when I had a Year 5 class. It was such an immediate hit with pupils that I’ve repeated it with other groups many times since.

While probability perhaps isn’t at the top of our priority list for maths objectives, the ability to investigate and think mathematically should be, and that’s what is so great about this lesson.

Tying it all in to a games-based approach makes it fun, too.

What they’ll learn

  • How to carry out an investigation in a logical way
  • How to test an idea and record the outcomes
  • How to find the probability of something happening
  • How to use their own and others’ results to inform their reasoning

Aidan Severs is an education consultant with over 15 years of teaching experience. Follow him on Twitter @AidanSevers or visit his website at aidansevers.com

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