ICT with a class of Year 5 and Year 6

The use of the Saul Junction Heritage Project website at Longney Primary School

February 2010

 

We used the SJHP website to give the children a demonstration of what a real database can be used for. Our class is a mixed year group class of Years 5 and 6. The school operates a two year rolling programme whereby all work needed to be taught in Y5 and Y6 will be covered across the two year period, though not necessarily when children are in the right year group. This particular unit was a Year 5 ICT unit (5C): Evaluation information, checking accuracy and questioning plausibility.

 

In previous lessons, the children had already learnt a little about how databases are used in everyday life: banks, hospitals, police were some of the examples we discussed. They had also done some work on investigating errors in large databases and the impact these mistakes can have. Iris came in and discussed the aims of the SJHP and what the website is used for. She showed the children how to locate information of the site and how the database supports this. She then showed them how to put items on the site, by entering information into the different fields etc. The children then spent time entering their own work onto the website, which they had researched and typed up as their homework task over the previous weeks.

 

In terms of curriculum links, the work touched on the following points in the ICT Key Stage 2 Programme of Study: 1a, b, c; 4a, b, c; 5a, b and c.

 

The children all thoroughly enjoyed researching and then publishing relevant information on the website. We were very grateful to Iris for giving up an afternoon to come and explain her work to the children, as well as helping them to put their work on the site. In the short term, we may use the website as a point of reference in our next ICT unit as well (Unit 6D: Using the internet to search large databases and to interpret information). Longer term, the website could have many uses for our school, in particular for work on local Geography and History. With a bit of thought, I would imagine it could also support other cross-curricular in Literacy and the like.

Click here to see the pages added by the class.

Antony Jones