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Project URL
http://teachnet-lab.org/london/sgarnett/

Subject Area/Level
Science
Primary Year 3

About the Teacher
Sarah Garnett
sarah.garnett@rbkc.gov.uk
Sarah Garnett has been teaching in the state schools of Kensington and Chelsea for a number of years.  She has been the ICT co-ordinator at Holy Trinity Primary school for the past 2 years.  Sarah has a particular interest in using technology with young children to convey complex concepts in a concrete manner.  She sees her children as constructors of knowledge, and herself as a facilitator of this construction.

Overview
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.

Curriculum Addressed
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.

What You Need
- One or two classroom computers or a suite
- Access to the Internet (or web-catching software)
- Database software (preferably for children)

The Students
This lesson was designed for year 3 pupils, but can be adapted for younger or older children.

Aims & Objectives

  • 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.

Assessment
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.

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