# Understand Pictograms

In this worksheet, Students practise interpreting pictograms.

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, OCR

Curriculum topic:   Statistics

Curriculum subtopic:   Statistics, Interpreting and Representing Data

Difficulty level:

### QUESTION 1 of 10

What is a pictogram?

A pictogram is simply a method of displaying information using pictures to represent a certain amount of information.

What are the advantages of a pictogram?

Pictograms are really good in two situations.

1) When you want the information to be really striking and easy to read

2) When the data can be easily wplit (i.e. into 2s)

What are the disadvantages of Pictograms?

Pictograms can be really hard to interpret if the data is complicated or large. For example, if you had an envelope image as your picture, how would you accurately split it into 8? or 5? or 20?

Example: The letters received by a house over the course of a wek are shown in a pictogram.

a) How many letters were received in the week?

If we count up the symbols, we get 12 pictures. Because each one is worth 4 letters.

12 x 4 = 48 letters.

b) Which day did the family get the most letters?

This is just the one with the most symbols. Wednesday.

Which of these images would be suitable to use for a pictogram?

A

B

C

D

E

The nmber of phone calls that Jenny make in a week s are shown in a pictogram

How many phone calls did Jenny makes in the week?

27

51

The daily hours of sunshine in Spain are shown for the summer.

Which month had the most sunshine?

May

June

July

August

September

What is the difference between the maximum and minimum hours of average sunshine?

A family of 5 record how many emails they get in a week.

How many email did they get in total?

Who gets the most Emails?

Mum

Jim

Rose

Will

The number of students who are late to school in a week is recorded.

How many pupils were late on Monday?

The number of students who are late to school in a week is recorded.

Which day has the least amount of lateness?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

The amount of cars in an office car park were counted each day for a week.

How many cars were seen during the week?

The amount of cars in an office car park were counted each day for a week.

Which days have the same amount of cars in the car park?

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

• Question 1

Which of these images would be suitable to use for a pictogram?

B
E
EDDIE SAYS
We can really only use an image for a pictogram if the image can be split up into parts. A,C and D cannot really be split up accurately so we shouldn't use those ones.
• Question 2

The nmber of phone calls that Jenny make in a week s are shown in a pictogram

How many phone calls did Jenny makes in the week?

51
EDDIE SAYS
Remember that each picture is worth 3 phone calls (the key at the bottom tells you this.) There are 27 pictures of phones. 27 x 3 =
• Question 3

The daily hours of sunshine in Spain are shown for the summer.

Which month had the most sunshine?

July
EDDIE SAYS
All we have to do if we have one of these is look for the line with the most images.
• Question 4

What is the difference between the maximum and minimum hours of average sunshine?

3
EDDIE SAYS
The most average hours is 12 in July, the least is 9 in May. What do we do with these two numbers to find the difference?
• Question 5

A family of 5 record how many emails they get in a week.

How many email did they get in total?

53
EDDIE SAYS
We have to look at these individually Dad gets 16 (4 x 4) Mum gets 6 (4 x 1.5) Jim gets 13 (4 x 3.5) Rose gets 19 (4 x 4.25) Will gets 9 (4 x 2.25) All we need to do is find what these add to.
• Question 6

Who gets the most Emails?

Rose
EDDIE SAYS
All we are looking for here is which one has the most symbols.
• Question 7

The number of students who are late to school in a week is recorded.

How many pupils were late on Monday?

18
19
EDDIE SAYS
There are 3 full pictures and one that has a leg chopped off (a bit harsh for being late maybe?) This leg being chopped off could indicate 1 or 2 pupils, it's difficult to tell. You could have had either 18 or 19 here.
• Question 8

The number of students who are late to school in a week is recorded.

Which day has the least amount of lateness?

Tuesday
EDDIE SAYS
This is slightly different and shows why it's so important to read the question fully. This asks for the least so we're looking for the day with the least images.
• Question 9

The amount of cars in an office car park were counted each day for a week.

How many cars were seen during the week?

130
131
132
133
134
EDDIE SAYS
This one is quite difficult to see as each one is worth 10. You would get the answer correct for anything between 130 and 134
• Question 10

The amount of cars in an office car park were counted each day for a week.

Which days have the same amount of cars in the car park?

Tuesday
Friday
EDDIE SAYS
We just need to see which of the days have the same amount of images.
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