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Teaching Data and Information to 5- to 11-year-olds

Increase your knowledge of data and information, and how you can teach young children about this topic.

Teaching Data and Information to 5- to 11-year-olds

Help children understand how to handle and use data to answer questions

Data and information influence many of our daily activities – often without us even being aware of it. It’s important for young people to develop their knowledge of how individuals and organisations collect and use data about them, and to learn how they themselves can collect and manage data.

On this three-week course, you’ll explore how you can build up young learners’ knowledge of data and information, and how they can use data to help answer questions about the world.

You’ll investigate the different stages of data handling, and see how you can introduce the key concepts and skills in an age-appropriate manner.

Explore how young people work with data across the curriculum

You’ll think about the many reasons why we collect data – and how they are relevant to different subjects across the curriculum. You’ll also learn how to encourage children to start asking questions that they can answer using data.

At the end of the first week, you’ll learn about a model for the entire data handling process that you’ll build upon through the rest of the course.

Understand data structures

You’ll think about how giving data structure makes it more useful, and how you can support young learners to use more complicated data structures as they develop their understanding.

Learn how to analyse data and present your findings

You’ll explore how you and your learners will use the data that you collect to come to conclusions – and how best to present your findings to different audiences.

Bring your skills together with the experts at the Raspberry Pi Foundation

You’ll finish the course by working through an entire data handling project, using skills from all of the different stages.

You’ll then learn how to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained in your own setting.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds What’s the difference between information and data? What is a database? And why do organisations collect data about you? This free course will help you develop your understanding of data and information, and become more confident in teaching these concepts to children aged 5 to 11. You’ll learn about gathering data and organising it in a database. You’ll analyse data and present it in a visual way, and you’ll reflect on teaching activities that encourage young children to ask questions about data. This three week course also contains peer led discussions, trainer interaction, and practical activities to help embed your new knowledge.

Skip to 0 minutes and 44 seconds So whether you’re a teacher with students of your own, or simply curious about databases, this course will help you to start teaching data and information to 5 to 11 year olds. Sign up now at rpf.io/primarydata.


  • Week 1

    Asking questions

    • Welcome to the course

      Find out what you'll be learning on this course, and who you will be learning with.

    • Introduction to data and information

      Why do we collect data, and how do we turn it into information?

    • Questioning

      Discover how you start working with data: by asking the right type of questions.

    • Categories of data and information

      What different stages do you go through in a data handling project?

  • Week 2

    Working with data

    • Presenting data

      How should you share your findings?

    • Implementing data

      Structuring your data to help answer questions.

    • Collecting data

      How will you capture your data?

  • Week 3

    Analysis and practice

    • Analysing data

      How can you use a computer to analyse the data that you have?

    • The entire data handling process

      Plan a party, using all of the skills that you have learnt about.

    • Bringing your knowledge together

      Reflect on what you've learnt in this course, and consider your next steps.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

If you'd like to take part while our educators are leading the course, they'll be joining the discussions, in the comments, between these dates:

  • 1 Nov 2021 - 22 Nov 2021

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the data handling process, from coming up with a question to presenting your findings
  • Justify how you would collect and structure data in different situations
  • Compare manual and automatic methods of collecting data
  • Evaluate data to come to a conclusion
  • Report on your findings in an appropriate way for your audience
  • Develop a sequence of learning for an aspect of data handling

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for educators who work with learners aged 5 to 11 years old.

Who will you learn with?

SEND lead for the Sheffield eLearning Service (http://sheffieldclc.net/), co-chair of the CAS Include working party and leader of the Sheffield/South Yorks Secondary and SEND Virtual CAS Communities.

Primary computing specialist teacher, working with schools and universities to support computing curriculum development and online safety. Barefoot and NCCE content writer, CAS Master teacher and ADE.

Who developed the course?

Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi Foundation works to put the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world, so they are capable of understanding and shaping our increasingly digital world.

National Centre for Computing Education

This course is part of our professional development teacher programme for the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). Our nationally-recognised certificates cater for all levels of teaching.

Funded by the Department for Education and supporting partners, we aim to transform the way computing is taught in schools across England, and enable more young people to benefit from studying this important subject.

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