What do you need to know to teach computing in primary schools? How do you teach it? This book provides practical guidance on how to teach the computing curriculum in primary schools alongside the necessary subject knowledge. It explores teaching and learning with ICT and digital technologies, addressing the role of the professional teacher with regards to important issues such as e-safety.

Graphing Programs

Graphing programs

Chapter Objectives

When you have completed work on this chapter, you will have:

  • considered the importance of the careful selection, collection and recording of data when using graphing software to analyse and represent data;
  • thought about different types of data and how to develop children's knowledge, understanding and skills to handle data effectively;
  • looked at how graphing software can be used to enhance teaching and learning in computing and across the curriculum.


Graphical representations of data are everywhere: social media and websites, in newspapers, magazines, books, on television programmes and mobile devices. Children are constantly exposed to information communicated in this manner. If they are to interpret this in any meaningful way they need to develop appropriate critical knowledge, skills and understanding.

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