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Everyone Counts

A primary maths resource comparing Young Lives around the world.
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Everyone Counts supports key elements of the maths curriculum with real-life statistics and stories. Using data about children living in four countries, learners will develop their skills and understanding of topics such as time and data handling.
Download Everyone Counts to inspire your maths learners and explore how inequality affects the lives of children in different parts of the world.


Teachers Overview

Includes an introduction, useful information and a detailed resource outline.

Background notes for teachers

More detail about inequality, Young Lives and the four countries.

Unit 1: Welcome to Young Lives

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Session 1: Welcome to my life

Use role play to learn about eight children from the four Young Lives countries: Ethiopia, India, Peru and Viet Nam. 

Session 2: Where in the world?

Locate the Young Lives countries on a world map. Convert between miles and kilometres to match up each country with its distance from the UK.

Session 3: How long will it take to get there?

Interpret flight timetables and develop understanding of time zones.

Unit 1 Slideshow Sessions 1 - 3

For use with Unit 1 Sessions 1 - 3.

Session 4: Challenging assumptions

Use images and text to learn more about the Young Lives countries. Explore how preconceptions can influence people's impressions about what a place is like.

Country images

For use with Unit 1 Session 4.

Session 5: What does it mean to be doing well in life?

Consider what it means to be doing well in life by identifying, ranking and comparing well-being indicators.

Session 6: What does inequality mean?

Use the concept of sharing to understand what inequality means and develop problem-solving skills.

Unit 1 Slideshow Sessions 4 - 6

For use with Unit 1 Sessions 4 - 6.


Unit 2: Time and inequality

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Session 1: Daily life

Learn more about the daily lives of two children in Ethiopia and India. Develop skills in reading, writing and converting time using analogue clocks and digital 12 and 24-hour clocks. 

Session 2: How much time do you spend?

Use timetables to calculate and compare how long children spend carrying out different daily activities.

Unit 2 Slideshow

For use with Unit 2 Sessions 1 - 2.


Unit 3: Handling inequality data

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Session 1: How do we measure well-being?

Interpret inequality data for the four Young Lives countries and the UK. Explore the use of infographics to represent percentages.

Session 2: Presenting time use data

Evaluate different ways of presenting data. Construct a bar chart or pie chart to represent and compare time use data.

Session 3: Calculating mean time use

Calculate mean time use and consider the importance of using a large sample size when collecting data.

Unit 3 Slideshow Sessions 1 - 3

For use with Unit 3 Sessions 1 - 3.

Session 4: Comparing time use

Use inequality signs to compare data. Explore how gender and living in an urban or rural area can affect how children spend their time.

Session 5: How do you travel to school?

Collect, present and compare school travel data.

Session 6: Line graphs

Use line graphs to investigate how inequality has changed over time in the UK and each of the Young Lives countries.

Unit 3 Slideshow Sessions 4 - 6

For use with Unit 3 Sessions 4 - 6.


Unit 4: Reflection and sharing

Unit 4: Reflection and sharing

Reflect on and evaluate learning and understanding about well-being and inequality. Identify and plan activities to share this knowledge with others.

Image credit (top of page) clockwise, from right: © Young Lives/Sebastian Castañeda Vita © Young Lives/Aida Ashenafi © Young Lives/Pham Viet Anh © Young Lives/Farhatullah Beig