Unit: What is a database and how to use them (Junior Viewpoint). Year: 4 Strand: Data Handling Time: 4 - 6 hours National Curriculum Objectives – Pupils should be taught to: o Accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems. o Understand computer networks and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. o Select and use software to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information. You must: o Understand the words record, field and data when talking about databases. o Be able to search and sort records in a paper/electronic database with support. o Compare the differences between using an electronic databases vs a paper database. You should o Be able to search and sort records in an electronic database. o Be able to enter multiple records into an existing database. o Be able to use the database for a specific purpose. o Create a database with support that can be added to and searched by people in the class. You could: o Create a database independently that can be added to and searched by people in the class. o Answer questions about a range of databases. Key Questions: o What is a field/record/data/database? o What are the advantages of a computer based database over a paper one? o What real life examples of databases can you name? (telephone book, dictionary, top trumps) o How can you find information in a database? o How can you enter data in a database? o How might you collect data to enter into a new database? o What questions could you ask a database? Links to more info/help videos: During these lessons, children learn how information in a database is organised and interrogated. They do this through the theme of an imaginary travel website called Last Second.Com. They use a prepared database to find information on holidays and add records using information from the Internet. There is a Junior Viewpoint and Softease database version of the database file. Resources/Programs Junior Viewpoint or 2Investigate Y4 Handling Data Resources folder Notebook – y4 handling data.