Monday, April 15, 2024

Introducing Databases

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 7-11
Rebecca Mottershead

I had difficulty explaining the purpose and organisation of databases with Y3 children until I realised that a perfect child-friendly database comes in the form of Top Trumps games.

I give each child a card to locate information from. They then compare their information in groups and choose the card that they think has the best chance of winning in a game of Top Trumps – this gives them the opportunity to locate and compare data and make choices.

They then play a brief game as a class using only one card from each group.

They then come up with ideas for making their own game and deciding which facts they should include on each card.

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