Lesson 4: Representing data

Pupils learn how to represent data from a database in visual ways, creating graphs and charts

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To represent data in different ways

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • 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


Pupils needing extra support: could create a simple chart for the whole data set and just experiment with changing the chart type, explaining which ones make the information easier to understand.


Pupils working at greater depth: should be creating charts for different sections of data and explain what this tells them. Encourage them to put the data into a real-world context.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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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