Probability in 5/6

In class we have been exploring the concept of probability, including understanding real world events in terms of how likely they are to happen and how this impacts on our decision making.

Today we looked at probability in terms of strategic decision making in sport and games. We played a game outside, where students had to work strategically to decide if they were going to attempt to go for a close target for 1 point or a far away target for 10 points. We then discussed the idea of risk and reward, and how this factors into decision making, for example when playing soccer, basketball or even card games like pokemon and magic.

We then began playing a game of probability football, taking this idea of decision making to the ‘football field’. Depending on where the ball is on the ground, students had to decide whether to kick for goal or try to pass the ball forwards or sideways.

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