Data Base Activities

Children introduced to printed databases


A database is like a folder in which you can file related information. The class register is a database. So, each entry is called a RECORD and each piece of information about the child is stored in a FIELD, for example, name, date of birth, address etc.

Other examples of database documents include a telephone directory, a library catalogue, a collection of recipes, etc. A computer can store this information electronically and make access to the information very easy and efficient.

 As an initial introduction, make a collection of printed databases for the children to examine and discuss. They should think about the type of information that is being presented and how it has been categorised.

So, for a recipe book, it might be ;

  • title of dish,
  • ingredients,
  • method,
  • cooking time,
  • serving suggestions.

 The class register might be :

  • name of pupil,
  • date of birth,
  • address.


 Database programs

These programs allow the teacher to make a database into which the children can enter their own information. The teacher can select the number and the topic of the entries, from the name and favourite toy to something more complex, such as height, weight and hair colour.

This freedom to select categories allows the teacher to tailor work to the needs and abilities of individual children.