Using data
FSMQ Level 1 scheme of work
A suggested work scheme for this Level 1 (Foundation) FSMQ is given below. This recommends a total of 60 guided learning hours (such as 2 hours per week for 30 weeks, 4 hours per week for 15 weeks, 5 hours per week for 12 weeks). There is plenty of scope for varying the order and time allocation.
The following techniques should be introduced as soon as possible and used throughout the course:
 using tables to record results
 using spreadsheets to carry out calculations and display results in tables and statistical charts and graphs
 using a calculator to carry out simple calculations such as finding a fraction of a quantity
 checking calculations using estimates, inverse operations and different methods.
The scheme of work below divides the content into topic areas. Although the topic areas are listed separately, it would be beneficial to follow a number of statistical investigations through from the initial collection and organisation of data to an analysis of the situation making use of statistical charts and measures. Where possible these investigations should reflect the students’ other areas of work and interests.
The AQA assessment of this FSMQ is by examination only and you should disregard any references to Coursework Portfolio requirements in the unrevised assignments below. These have been included for possible use as classroom activities but will not form part of the AQA assessment of this FSMQ.
The AMP resources in the list below were not written specially for this FSMQ and may include some topics that are not in the FSMQ specification
Topic area 
Content 
Nuffield resource 
Collecting and organising data (7 hours) 
Collect data (including tally charts). Organise data on paper and spreadsheets (compare different ways of doing this). Express one quantity as a proportion (fraction, decimal, %) of another. Write two quantities as a ratio and reduce it to its simplest form.
Divide a quantity in a given ratio 
Coffee shop 
Ratio bingo and matching cards 

Fractions, decimals and percentages 

Statistical charts 
Draw pictograms and bar charts by hand. Draw bar charts and pie charts using a spreadsheet. Draw pie charts by hand – include calculating the size of a sector using a fraction of 360° and using 1% represented by 3.6°.
Common equivalencies for simple fractions, decimals and percentages = 33%, = 0.1 = 10%, = 0.2 = 20% & multiples of these) 
Draw line graphs in Excel 
Draw pie charts in Excel 

Pie charts 

Acid rain 

Heights and weights (assignment) 
Topic area 
Content 
Nuffield resource 
Statistical measures (9 hours) 
Find sum, mean, mode, median and range of data with and without a calculator. (Include use of the calculator’s memory.) Use a spreadsheet to sort data and find the sum, mean, median, mode and range. Print out spreadsheet formulae. 
On average 
Election results 

Body Mass Index (assignment) 

Football figures 

Computer survey (assignment) 

Parttime work survey 

Outdoor gig 

Cemetery mathematics (AMP activity) 

Reaction times (AMP activity) 


Topic area 
Content 
Nuffield resource 
Line graphs and proportionality (9 hours)

Recognise when one set of data is proportional to another by considering step changes (approximate for real data). Draw line graphs by hand, scaling axes (for data not necessarily starting at zero). Join data points where appropriate. Show a trend by drawing a straight line if appropriate. Using a spreadsheet to draw a scatter diagram to obtain a line graph. Recognise the graph of data that is directly proportional: straight line passing through the origin. Find the gradient of a graph of a situation involving direct proportionality. Find the equation relating two variables that are directly proportional from a graph or information given in words. 
Currency conversion 
Reaction rates 

Plumbers’ callout 

House prices 

Matching graphs and scenarios 

Shorter by helicopter 

Circles (assignment) 

Melting and freezing points (assignment) 

Interpreting graphs (6 hours) 
Interpret line graphs, making sense of what is happening in the real situation where the graph cuts the axes Make sense in general terms of the gradient of graphs (steep, shallow, horizontal and vertical gradients only, i.e. calculation of gradients not included except for direct proportion) 
College trip 
Crushed calcium carbonate 

Interpreting curves 
Topic area 
Content 
Nuffield resource 
Interpreting statistical charts (6 hours) 
Interpret pictograms, bar charts and pie charts. 
Eclipse 
Mineral water (assignment) 

Safety on the roads 

Timetables (3 hours)

Read and use timetables given in 24 and 12 hour clock Find the length of time of journeys. 
Day out 
Probability (4 hours)

Express the numerical values associated with events having low, equally likely and high probabilities as fractions, decimals and percentages (understanding that the probability that an event occurs lies between 0 and 1).
Find the probability that an event A does not occur using 1 – P(A). 
Three dice (AMP activity) 
A risky business 

Sports injuries 

Revision 
Revise topics and try past papers. Discuss data sheet – make up and try questions based on it. 
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