This unit of work consists of activities
spanning 5 - 7 weeks. Children are introduced to databases within
the context of their science work, initially when learning about 'mini
beasts', such as caterpillars and spiders, and then moving onto creating
a healthy eating database record of their classmate's favourite foods.
The unit is based on the the National
Curriculum requirement that children in year 3 learn about healthy eating.
Holy Trinity Primary School has incorporated this aim into their scheme
of work for KS1 science.
- One or two classroom computers or a suite
- Access to the Internet (or web-catching
- Database software (preferably for children)
This lesson was designed for year 3 pupils,
but can be adapted for younger or older children.
learn how to classify both ‘mini-beasts’ and
food into categories.
learn about which foods are healthy and which
foods are less healthy by using Internet resources
understand the concept of a database by constructing
a physical database of mini-beast cards
learn how to use an electronic database to
organise the information they have collected about healthy eating.
Each of the weekly sessions have an assessment
tool associated with them that the children will complete. At the
end of the lesson the class will also have a fully functioning database
that all children can manipulate.