Play the game a few times and record the numbers of the winning horses. Do some numbers come up more often than others? If so, why? Make conjectures about the favourite horses with the best numbers, who win most often, and the outsiders who win less often. Continue playing to see if there is further evidence that your conjectures might be true.

PEOPLE MATHS HORSE RACE GAME

If it’s possible to mark out the eleven racetrack lanes on the ground the game can be played with with 11 players acting as the jockeys taking one step forward when their number comes up .

QUESTIONS – PLAY THINK LEARN WIN

1. Why is there no horse with the number 1?
2. Why do certain horses (the favourites) win more often than others?
3. Why do other horses (the outsiders) win less often?
4. How many different scores are there?
5. On average, over many games, how often does each score come up?
6. If you play several games, would you prefer to keep the same horse or draw each time for which horse (or horses) you will have? Why?
7. How would the game work out if you chose to play it with a tetrahedral die (numbers 1 to 4) or with an octahedral die (numbers 1 to 8). Would you change the numbers of the horses. Which horse would be the favourite?
8. Why use a regular shape for a die (a cube, a tetrahedron or an octahedron) rather than a different cuboid?