Australian Curriculum Teaching Resources


Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships


  • interpreting data presented in a line, bar, column or pie graph (for example, data about bushfires or floods, election results, common influences on the purchases of class members) to identify the likelihood of an outcome or the probability of an event reoccurring (Skills: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • analysing visual and written sources to infer relationships (for example, examining photographs to see how people responded to droughts in enterprising ways; interpreting maps of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander trade routes to propose how ideas, technology and artefacts travelled across them; analysing a food web to reveal how plants, animals, water, air and people are connected) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • making inferences using sources, such as graphs and thematic maps, that show distribution (for example, the number of electors in some state or federal electorates to discuss representation; the distribution of primary resource industries in Australia and their proximity to cities; the spread of the cane toad across Australia and its threat to environments) (Skills: Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • interpreting graphs and tables of data collected from a survey to infer relationships or trends (for example, common influences on purchasing decisions of class members; the increase in social activism for social and environmental causes) (Skills: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding)
  • interpreting and creating maps such as flow and choropleth maps, or plans for specific purposes (for example, a bushfire management plan) (Skills: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking)

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