Diagrams, tables and charts


Throughout primary school, your child will be taught to display results and explain results in charts, tables, diagrams – what's known as data handling.

Whether it is reading coordinates on a grid, drawing bar charts, using Venn diagrams, recording results in a tally chart, sorting with a Carroll diagram or interpreting information on a block graph, a line graph or pictogram, in this section of the site you'll find lots of worksheets to help support all numeracy learning at school that involves collecting and reporting data.


Data handling explained for parents
What is data handling?
From pictograms to line graphs, children learn a lot about collecting, organising and presenting data in primary school maths. We explain how data handling is taught in KS1 and KS2 and how you can help your child get to grips with basic statistics at home.
Venn diagram
What is a Venn diagram?
Venn diagrams are often used to sort data in primary school. Find out what parents need to know about how to complete and read a Venn diagram correctly, plus how they're used in the classroom in KS1 and KS2.
What is a block graph?
What is a block graph?
Block graphs are the first step in data handling and your KS1 child will learn to draw them, read them and use them to record information. We explain what you need to know about block diagrams and how they're used in the classroom.


Using tally and bar charts worksheet
Using tally and bar charts
What’s your favourite part of Christmas? Find information about the best aspects of the festive season for as many people as you can by asking your friends at school and your family at home. They will need to choose from the list in the table. Keep a tally of the numbers using this tally chart. Now use these axes to draw your own bar chart to show the information you have found.
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Reading a pictogram worksheet
Reading a pictogram
A cupcake shop has opened on the High Street and it’s been very popular! Can you read the pictogram and answer the questions? You'll need to count in 6s.
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Constructing a line graph
Constructing a line graph
Starting on a Monday, take a record of the number of minutes of television you have watched every day. Record your information in this blank table. Now see if you can use this information to construct a line graph.
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Answering questions on a bar chart tutorial
Do you know how to answer questions on a bar chart? Let our digital teacher show you how, then try and answer the on-screen questions she asks.
Answering questions on a pie chart tutorial
Let our digital teacher show you how to answer questions on a pie chart, then have a go yourself!
Answering questions on a pictogram tutorial
Let our digital teacher show you how to answer questions on a pictogram, then have a go yourself!
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Data handling practice... the pirate way!

You'll find sixty pages of statistical puzzle activities for KS2 children in our data handling learning pack, Pirate Pete and the Scurvy Scuttler.

Exclusively available to TheSchoolRun subscribers, the skills covered include working with:

  • Tally charts
  • Venn diagrams
  • Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Finding the mode, median, mean and range
  • Pictograms
  • Line graphs

but there are plenty of planks to walk, doubloons to find, pirate battles to win and parrots to deal with on the way!

Bar chart

Data driven

Find lots of worksheets to help your child learn how to handle data. Here are a few that are good to start with:

Maths Homework Helper

Maths Homework Helper eBook

Created by author, deputy headteacher and parent Matt Revill, Maths Homework Helper brings together everything you need to get to grips with this vital subject and life skill. With it, you can support your child's maths learning effectively at home – from Reception Year, right through to the end of Year 6.

With Matt's help, you’ll discover how to tackle all the different topics your child will encounter – from addition and subtraction, to ratios and percentages – and get familiar with all the latest methods used in schools, including:

  •     Chunking
  •     The grid method
  •     Number bonds
  •     Carroll diagrams
  •     Number lines
  •     And more!

Whatever age or stage your child is at, it's reassuring to know that you have all the essential areas of maths under your belt, so you're ready to go if, and when, they call on you for help.

Diagrams, tables and charts