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.

Databases and Spreadsheets

Databases and spreadsheets

Chapter Objectives

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

  • understood how databases and spreadsheets differ in the way data can be organised and then utilised for different purposes;
  • thought about how database and spreadsheet programs can be used to develop children's knowledge, understanding and skills in interpreting and handling data;
  • looked at how database and spreadsheet software can be used to enhance teaching and learning in computing;
  • considered the cross-disciplinary application of knowledge and understanding of data handling software.


Among the first purposes to which computers were widely applied was the systematic handling of data. That the modern world is so information-rich in so many ways is largely due to the facility with which computers can store and process large amounts ...

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