Year 9 – Lesson 1 – Delving into data science

Curriculum KS3 Unit Lesson

The aim of this lesson is to introduce the learners to data science, and in particular, how visualising data can help us to provide insights that may not be as obvious when looking at raw data. The learners will investigate a couple of historical examples that highlight the value in visualising data, before using an online tool to help them visualise a small data set of TV viewing figures in order to gain an insight. The lesson will conclude with learners looking at a data set and deciding what it would be useful to visualise. The homework is then to visualise that data.

Learning objectives

  • Define data science
  • Explain how visualising data can help identify patterns and trends in order to help us gain insights
  • Use an appropriate software tool to visualise data sets and look for patterns or trends

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