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27 April 2022

Hacking the Curriculum - Data and Information

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Will Franklin | Primary School Teacher

On Wednesday 4th May at 6.30pm, CAS Include will be running their latest 'Hack the Curriculum' event. Primary and secondary teachers from across the country will be collaborating to create inclusive resources for Computing, including vocabulary sheets, real-world and culturally relevant activities, top tips for teaching inclusively, and links to existing resources. Sign up here to take part.

The topic this time is Data and Information, which features in the Primary Computing curriculum under the following statements:

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content (KS1)
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private (KS1)
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information (KS2)


What is data and information?

Data is the information stored and organised on computer systems and devices. This information could include numbers, words, sounds or images. Computers are incredibly fast at processing data.

Data or information is all around us at school and in the wider world, and there are many opportunities to collect and analyse it. It is useful to take notice of when this happens (e.g. during the school register, when sorting out teams in PE, when borrowing books from the library) and use the correct terminology whenever possible (e.g. database, field, record, chart, graph, table, etc.) (Source)


Units of work featuring Data and Information

You could use the resources created during the Hack the Curriculum: Data and Information event to compliment your planning and teaching when using these units:


Hack the Curriculum Events

CAS Include host Hack the Curriculum events throughout the year. Click here to catch up on those you have missed. You will also find CAS Include resources on the CAS website by searching for 'cas include' in the keyword search of the teaching resources page.

You can follow CAS Include on Twitter at @CASInclude to keep up to date with the latest inclusive resources and upcoming events.