Lesson 2: Race against the computer

Learning that there are digital and non-digital databases, pupils compare the advantages and disadvantages of both

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To compare paper and computerised databases

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event

Differentiation

Pupils needing extra support: could be given the Activity: Labelled top trump card as a visual recap of key vocabulary.

 

Pupils working at greater depth: should be encouraged to create their own lists showing the advantages and disadvantages of paper vs. computerised databases.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding

Vocabulary

Created by:
Cat Lamin,  
Computing specialist
Cat was a committed primary school teacher for twelve years. After starting her independent consultancy ‘Crossover Solutions’ she has travelled to Argentina, Brazil and America to share her wealth of knowledge of computer science with other teachers. Her enjoyment for…
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