Year 4, Term 4: Logistics

Focus: Logistics

Scope and sequence: Logistics, Analytics

Learning intention: Students design their own enterprises and explore how the associated logistics and data can be represented in different ways.

Overview: This unit builds on prior knowledge from SILO 1.1 'Graphs' and SILO 2.4 'Data and variables' but also has some overlap with design.  The main focus is engaging each child to design their own enterprise where they use mathematics and design principles to identify logistical issues.  For example, a music festival would involve ticket sales and other elements relating to event management.  An online jewelry store would involve a web presence.  Both would benefit from a budget created as an Excel spreadsheet. 
  • Science might not factor into this unit which is a timely reminder that STEM can be two, three, or all four discipline areas.
  • Group work can be used for this unit if each member has clearly defined roles.
NSW Syllabus
Australian Curriculum (version 9.0)
"A student collects discrete data and constructs graphs using a given scale." (MA2-DATA-01)
"A student interprets data in tables, dot plots and column graphs." (MA2-DATA-02)
"Students learn to recognise different types of data and explore how the same data can be represented differently depending on the purpose." (AC9TDI4K03)

Week 1

Introduction to the topic

Introduction to graphic design

Repetition can be a useful idea and process when working with graphics.  The following image of four robots involved making one robot and then duplicating it while making some small changes.  The source file for these robots involved working with auto shapes in PowerPoint.  It can be accessed here.

Using layers in PowerPoint

Grouping and ungrouping images in PowerPoint

Introduction to frame-based animation in PowerPoint

Creating frame-based animations in PowerPoint is a simple process based on the functionality of inserting duplicate slides as follows:

  1. Create imagery using auto shapes
  2. Create a duplicate slide under 'New slide' and then 'Duplicate selected slide(s)'.
  3. Make small changes the the new slide.
  4. Repeat the duplicate slide process as many times as required.
  5. The fastest way to render the various slides into an animation is to use screen capture.

Week 2

Creating budgets in Excel (or Google sheets)

Week 3

Week 4


Week 5


Week 6

Types of data

Descriptive data

Predictive data

Prescriptive data


Week 7

Data analytics


Week 8


Week 9


Week 10

Moderated self-assessment


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