Do children in my maths group think different maths topics are easy, appropriate or hard? By Joe Rogers Introduction O My name is Joe Rogers. O My question is: do children in my maths group think different maths topics are easy, appropriate or hard? O I chose this question because I found parts of maths easy and some hard and I wanted to find out what other people think and their opinions. O My group consists of only of children from year 5. I am in the top class, on the highest table, all of my results came from my table. O This is how I got my answers. Planning my research and ethics O I started by working out what method I should use to find my answers. O I chose questionnaires as my method and I started to think of questions I should use. O I made questionnaires so my research participants are anonymous so I did not know who wrote what on the questionnaires. O I kept my data confidential so no-one knew who my data was from. My questionnaires and data collection O My questionnaires had 6 questions. O All of the questions were open-ended questions except question 1. O I gave my questionnaires to the nine other people in my group. There was 5 girls and 4 boys. O All of them filled in the sheet and returned it to me within 1-20 minutes. O The person who took 1 minute rushed so he could get to play football. Data analysis O I analysed my data by comparing the answers and finding similarities. O To do this I made a tally chart of each question. O Here is a chart of question 3. Tally chart Maths topics Time Adding/subtracting Too easy Appropriate ll lllll ll Multiplying ll lll Dividing l ll Angles lll Patterns l Shapes l Algebra Too hard l Perimeter ll l l l Area ll Decimals l Fractions l Mental maths Percentages l l My findings based on the tally chart O I found out that most people found adding and subtracting too easy and would like it to be more challenging. O I also found out that the topics that people found hard were area, perimeter, angles, decimals and fractions. O People thought that multiplying, dividing and angles were appropriate, although two people found angles too hard. My findings from answers to questions 2,4,5 and 6. O Most people said that they wouldn’t change anything about the difficulty of the Maths work. O Most people said that they found some topics hard and some easy, but were happy with that. O Some people said that they enjoyed being challenged and some said that they would like to do more group and pair work. Conclusion O To conclude I found out that out of the 9 people I asked, most of the found maths easy. O If I had to do this again, I would use more closed questions, as it was to hard to interpret my data with open questions, I would also use a graph, such as a bar chart to analysis data, as a tally chart is to confusing. O Also I would use a bigger sample size, for example my whole class or the whole of year 5, with a range of ability, as I only asked able children.