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How to be a researcher


1. 'How to be a researcher' sheet, asks students to be researchers and collect data such as hair colour. A simple program is provided for entering data and creating pie charts.

2. Sample food diaries - showing how detailed dietary data are collected. Diaries can be filled in and show complexities of collecting dietary data (portion size, recipes, household measures).

3. Pairs Game

  • To pair up the areas large observational studies might want to study with the ways in which they can be measured. E.g. Cholesterol and blood test
  • To learn about the different areas of health that can be studied in large groups of people
  • To learn about how we measure different aspects of health and lifestyle
  • To learn about why we take these measurements
  • Extension: to discuss difficulties with measuring these things accurately

Further details


Mathematics/numeracy, Biology, Epidemiology


  • Key Stage 2: juniors, ages 7-11 years
  • Key stage 3: secondary, 11-14 years
  • Key stage 4: secondary, 14-16 years
  • Key stage 5: 6th form, 16-18 years

Activity time

1 Hour

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