Data Handling Worksheet and Explanation

We’ve structured this information to help children with their education. It is targetted at children in years 5 and 6 and the questions for the worksheet have been stripped from past papers. Having an Understanding of data handling is part of the primary school curriculum and children will deal with data handling in both KS1 and KS2.

The Information below will give an overview of the topic and we have included a detailed worksheet with full answers. The worksheet includes 46 data handling questions and is relevant for KS2 pupils approaching their SATS test.

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If you are not ready to download the worksheets yet, then read on for some information about data handling. This has provided to introduce the topics covered in the worksheet for those that might be unfamiliar but also as a quick revision tool for those that would like a quick refresher before accessing the worksheet.


Data Handling Explained

Data Handling Explanation

“Data handling means gathering and recording information and then presenting it in a way that is meaningful to others”. More commonly this is known as statistics.

In the primary curriculum children will be introduced to the various forms of data presentation, E.g. bar graphs and tables,  and will learn how to read these displays and extract the information they are looking for. This is an important skill to develop as data is often presented in these forms in magazines and newspapers in everyday life.

Data Handling Examples

  • Bar charts
  • Tables
  • Tally charts
  • Line graphs
  • Line charts
  • Block diagrams
  • Pictograms

It is important that children are able to understand all these examples and know what examples are displaying as well as how they can extract information from a display and use this information to answer a question. Children will also be required to produce their own versions of these examples from a set of data.

Data Handling in KS1 and KS2

In KS1 children will be introduced to the simplest forms of data handling, namely pictograms, tally charts and block diagrams. The understanding of these will be further developed in KS2 so it is important that these basics are understood as they move through the school.

In KS2 children will rapidly develop their data handling skills. They will be introduced to the concepts of continuous and discrete data and more complicated forms of data such as bar charts, pictograms, tables and time graphs. Towards the end of KS2 pie charts and line graphs will be introduced in addition to how to manipulate data sets to produce values such as the mean and range.


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