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Description: Pupils experience collecting primary data from a local graveyard or cemetery and then set their own questions; these are based on their preliminary observations, and can be answered from the available data. The cemetery visit allows pupils to explore the real issue of missing data for themselves.
Suitability: Pupils working at all levels; pairs or groups.
Time: 1+ days; 1½ hours upwards for preparation
Equipment: Clipboard map of the graveyard or cemetery
Key mathematical language: Sample, data, graph, average, mean, median, mode, range, hypothesis, predict, conjecture