Chart competition for primary school children  

To celebrate Maths Week England 2020, the RSS is running a chart competition for primary school aged children. The competition is free to enter and will close at 12:00 GMT on Friday 13 November.

Data are everywhere… but what are data?
Data are information gathered by observation, questioning, or measurement. Huge amounts of data are collected each day. We use statistics to group this information and present it in a way that is meaningful to others.

Statisticians use statistics to find important bits of information and use it to solve real-world problems, like predicting which team will win a football match or estimating how many pandas are left in the wild. An important part of a statistician’s job is to present data in charts to show other people what they have found.

How to take part:

Create a chart about something that is important to you using data that you have collected.

  • Collect data about something that is important to you; your favourite sweets, the temperature in your garden, your family's heights…
  • Create a chart (pictogram, bar chart, line graph, scatter plot…) using the data you have collected.
  • Send a photo of your chart, along with your first name and age, to before 12:00 on Friday 13 November 2020.

Our favourite charts will be published on the website of the Young Statisticians Section and shared on Twitter.

The winning chart will be awarded a prize.

To help get you started we have provided a student leaflet containing instructions to create a Smartie chart.

Terms and Conditions:
By entering this competition, it will be assumed that you have read and accept these Terms and Conditions and submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

  • Entry to the competition is restricted to primary school aged children (age 4-11 years inclusive) and is restricted to one entry per child.
  • Competition entries must be received via email before 12:00 GMT on Friday 13th November 2020.
  • Any text contained within the chart must be in English, and charts must be suitable for a family audience.
  • We reserve the right to make a copy of the entries. Entries may be published on our website: and Twitter: @statsyss and used as promotional material by the Royal Statistical Society and Maths Week England.
  • The competition organisers will judge the competition on, or soon after, Friday 13th November. Their decision is final.
  • One prize will be awarded to the creator of the winning chart. The prize is non-transferable and not redeemable for cash or other prizes. The Royal Statistical Society retains the right to substitute the prize with another prize of similar value in the event the original prize offered is not available. The prize will be sent to the winner by post and can only be sent to a valid UK address.
  • The winner will be contacted via email and their name, age, and winning chart will be displayed on our website. The winner consents to the Royal Statistical Society using, for an unlimited time their name, age, and chart.

The promoter is Royal Statistical Society (RSS), 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX. The Royal Statistical Society is compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.

The competition is organised by the Young Statisticians Section of the Royal Statistical Society, with support from the RSS Statistical Ambassadors.

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