What Is A Venn Diagram: Explained For Primary Parents And Kids

In this post we will be explaining what venn diagrams are, how they can be used and what your child will be learning about them throughout primary school. We’ve also included a number of venn diagram based questions to test your child’s skills, so take a look!

This blog is part of our series of blogs designed for parents supporting home learning and looking for home learning resources during the Covid-19 epidemic.

What is a venn diagram?

A Venn diagram (named after mathematician John Venn in 1880) is a method used to sort items into groups.

Venn diagrams explained: How to interpret them

These diagrams are usually presented as two or three circles overlapping, with the overlapping sections containing items that fit into both (or all, if three circles overlap) groups. Items which don’t belong to either/any group are placed on the outside of the circles.

An example of a simple venn diagram:

Simple venn digram example

In the example above, you can see that the words have been sorted into one of four categories: those with 5 letters (placed in the left circle), those with a double consonant (placed in the right circle), those with both 5 letters and a double consonant (placed in the centre overlap) and those with neither (placed round the edge).

Below is another example with three circles creating eight groups.

Three circle venn diagram example

When will my child learn about Venn diagrams?

Venn diagrams don’t officially appear in the National Curriculum until Key Stage 3 (secondary school), but your child could be introduced to them from as early as Year 2 as a method of interpreting or presenting data.

Venn diagram examples

To help your child understand the different ways in which a venn diagram can be used, here is a variety of diagrams that they may come across.

Number venn diagram examples

An example of a venn diagram which includes the 3x table and 10x table.

An example of a venn diagram including the 5x table and even numbers.

Word venn diagram examples

Venn diagram for kids

Venn diagram example for children

An example of a venn diagram you could make with your child.

Venn diagram practice questions

1) Year 2: Write each of these numbers in its correct place on the sorting diagram: 40, 8 and 15

Venn diagram worksheet question 1

2) Year 3/4: Joe asked the children in his class which flavours of ice-cream they like. He recorded the results in a Venn diagram. How many children like chocolate ice-cream? How many children do not like vanilla ice-cream?

Venn diagram worksheet question 2

3) Year 6: In a survey people were asked if they like tea and coffee. The results are in this Venn diagram. What percentage of people in the survey like both tea and coffee? What percentage of people in the survey do not like coffee?

Venn diagram worksheet question 3

Ellie Williams
Ellie Williams
With a love for all things KS2 maths, Ellie is a part of the content team that helps all of the Third Space Learning blogs and resources reach teachers!
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