In Maths we have begun a new topic Chance and Probability.
What is chance?
The likelihood of the occurrence of a particular event.
Many events can’t be predicted with total certainty. The best we can say is how likely they are to happen, using the idea of probability.
The first activity we did was working with a partner to order the following words from most likely to least likely to be true.
No doubt about it
It’s anyone’s guess
Pigs might fly
Most of us could decide on which words to have at the top and bottom of the list, however which words to place in the middle of the list was difficult. Some phrases such as ‘pigs might fly’, ‘fat chance’ and ‘dead certain’ were discussed as an entire group. Some people thought that ‘fat chance’ meant that it was a large chance or possibility that something would occur, however we soon discovered that this phrase is actually used sarcastically when there is a slim chance of something occurring. Some of us also decided that some words were equal in meaning so they were placed side by side. Overall everyone did a great job and we had some interesting discussions around the words we use in everyday language.
Our next step was that we had to think of a sentence incorporating one of these words to describe the chance of a certain event occurring. Here are some examples:
Can you create your own sentence to describe the chance of something occurring in everyday life?
Where do you see chance and probability taking affect in everyday life?
What other words can you think of that people use when describing the chance of an event happening?