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Headteacher: Annabelle Fox



In this strand we use child friendly online database software, to introduce the children to flatfile databases and data handling.  Year-on-year we revisit the strand, in order to develop the related knowledge and skills.

Year Group Focus

  • Y1 Collecting & Entering Data - Using image cards to collect a simple data set.
    Making a paperbase.  Entering data in fields and correcting errors, in an existing database.
  • Y2 Collecting, Entering & Interpreting Data - Using questionnaires to collect data.
    Entering data in a record, correcting errors, and interpreting information, using an existing spreadsheet,


In this strand we will be learning about Branching Databases (aka Binary Databases), and binary searches.  Branching Databases are used to carry out Binary Searches.  These are searches that use a series of YES/NO questions in order to arrive at the answer.  If you have ever played Twenty Questions, then you have done a Binary Search!

Year Group Focus

  • Y1 Binary Searches -  Using Flexitree to make identifications.
  • Y2 Branching Databases - Adding new records to existing databases.


In the second half of the Spring Term we will be learning about Digital Life.  With more and more of our lives being spent online; having a good understanding of the importance of E-Safety & Online Security, has become imperative.  Consequently, we revisit the topic each year; adding new elements in order to develop the breadth and depth of the children’s knowledge.  By the time they leave us, they have a good all round understanding of the subject.   

Recently, the topic has evolved to incorporate a wider range of elements.  Now known as ‘Digital Life’, the strand focuses on eight different aspects of online education:

  1. Self-Image and Identity
  2. Online Relationships
  3. Online Reputation
  4. Online Bullying
  5. Managing Online Information
  6. Health, Wellbeing and Lifestyle
  7. Privacy and Security
  8. Copyright and Ownership

The new framework, produced by the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) in Partnership with the Department of Education and other relavent parties, “…aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change.  The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond.” 

The PSHE Association was one of the partners involved in developing the Digital Life curriculum.  Consequently, much of the content falls under both Computing and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).   Therefore, the technical aspects of the topic will be covered in Computing and the emotional aspects in PSHE sessions.  In computing there are 2 strands to this subject area, which are listed below. 


  1. Digital Literacy - Google Chrome
  2. Digital Citizenship – Google Chrome


In this strand we will be focusing on digital/web skills.  This will include learning how to move around the World Wide Web effectively, using Web Browsers, understanding the search results returned, and much more.

Year Group Focus -  Under Revision TBA

  • Y1 Web Searches - Using a browser to carry out simple web searches, and accessing the results.
  • Y2 Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) - Entering URLs into the address bar, and accessing websites.


In this strand we will be focusing on digital interaction.  This will include esafety and security, how to treat others, and much more.

Year Group Focus -  Under Revision TBA

  • Y1 & Y2  Personal Information - Covers the age appropriate aspects of Personal Information; focusing on the difference between sensitive and non sensitive information.  We also look at online Stranger Danger, and what 'Stranger' actually means.
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