What are box plots? Resource (Free Download)

Suitable for Year groups: 10, 11

What are box plots? resource description

Here we have labelled a box plot on and off axes showing learning what each part of a box plot represents and how to read information from a box plot. This can be displayed for students when they are constructing box plots for the first time or printed as a revision tool.

What are box plots?

This resource introduces box plots (also called box-and-whisker plots), a graphical way to represent the distribution of a dataset.


Why are box plots important?

Box plots offer a quick and informative way to:

  • Visualise spread: Show how data varies within a set.
  • Identify key values: See the median, quartiles, and potential outliers.
  • Compare datasets: Easily compare distributions side-by-side.


How can this resource help?

This resource provides a clear explanation and examples:

  • Explanation: Defines box plots and their components.
  • Visuals: Uses diagrams to illustrate how they work.
  • Examples: Shows how box plots represent different datasets.
  • Free PDF download: Offers an accessible reference tool.


Benefits for learners:

  • Improves understanding of data distribution and visualisation.
  • Develops skills in interpreting and constructing box plots.
  • Supports learning about quartiles, outliers, and comparing datasets.

This resource is perfect for teachers introducing box plots or providing revision support. It's also valuable for students needing extra practice or for parents helping with maths homework.



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