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Digital Literacy - Databases - Websites

Page history last edited by Teachesict 8 years, 6 months ago



Browse the lists below to find resources to help you deliver this section of #digitalstudies

Resources are not added in any order; however, to make it easier to find something that you can use in the classroom, each column can be sorted by simply clicking on the top row.



Resource Type  Example lesson? Name or related to Cost / additional resources Description from resource Description of how resource can be used  If this resource is originally yours please add your twitter ID here Added to wiki by: 
Website Y Data Sets - Clowns Free   Cards showing the details of 8 clowns @simonhaughton
Website Y Data Sets - Musical Instruments Free   Cards showing the details of 8 musical instruments @simonhaughton
Website Y 2 Investigate - Introducing databases Free

I begin teaching databases in Year 4 and thought I’d share some of the activities I do to help introduce this important topic to the children.

To put the work in perspective, it builds on their prior experiences with a range of data handling software lower down the school (notably using simple graphing software and creating branching databases/tree diagrams) and also acts as a foundation to more sophisticated interrogation of large data sets as they get older. Indeed, I use these Year 4 lessons to get the children familiar with basic concepts of databases and to let them realise the potential benefits of such software, so that they will then find it easy to then later progress onto more complex and purposeful work with them in later years.

For these reasons, I just concentrate on one very simple database in Year 4 which contains data about each pupil in the class. Admittedly, I can remember learning about databases for the first time when I was in primary school myself by creating a class database, and I believe that the activity still has value today – not least for the fact that it’s a topic accessible to everyone and which therefore doesn’t require any prior specific subject knowledge which might hinder any ICT work (like a database about planets and moons might, for instance).

Website Y Introducing Data Handling Free     @simonhaughton
Website Y Databases - Top Trumps Free  

In ICT Year 6 have been learning about the advances in computer technology by looking at the history of games consoles. They have researched some of the earliest consoles such as the Fairchild Channel F and the Magnavox Odyssey and have compared the processing speed and RAM with the modern-day PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. This has helped them to understand how powerful modern computers are and also the fact that they are constantly improving – what will the consoles be like when they are grown up and have children?


The children then used a website called Big Huge Labs to start creating Top Trump cards for the various different consoles so that they could compare the performance of various models.

Website Y Branching Databases - Yes / No Free

Although the topic of branching databases (or keys, or tree diagrams or whatever you prefer to call them) is one which might seem quite alone in the curriculum, I must admit that the few lessons I spend on it with Year 3 are actually quite interesting and do teach the children some transferrable skills.

To begin with, they spend the first session simply searching a tree diagram (I prefer using that term with them as it's probably the easiest to remember) that I've made to try and identify different animals described on a worksheet. A sort of Guess Who? - but with animals I suppose. This proves to be a useful introduction to the topic and gets them to understand exactly how the diagrams are structured and how yes/no questions are formulated. I let those that finish this task have a go at writing up some of their own descriptions of animals for others to identify - and include some extra irrelevant information to flesh them out and so confuse the reader!

Worksheet for Yes or No? 



Worksheet for splitting in half:  



Worksheet on organising information: 


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