Digital Technologies Curriculum
Foundation - Level 2

Foundation - Level 2

Data and Information

Content Description

  • Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams.
  • Collect, explore and sort data, and use digital systems to present the data creatively.
  • Independently and with others create and organise ideas and information using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments.

Lesson Ideas

Online Resources

  • Shapes that tessellate: a range of printable templates for students to explore patterns and tessellations through the use of colour. Ask students to complete the pattern that a friend has designed? Jo Edkins
  • Nrich Maths: Handling Data: use this collection of lesson ideas by Nrich, to explain to students how to collect, handle, sort and represent data. The individual lesson ideas give the teacher a detailed plan of how to teach the content in an investigative mode, including possible questions and extensions. University of Cambridge
  • How is data stored on a computer?: use this resource to support students to understand how computers store data. As an extension of this activity students create short videos and photos using a digital camera or a tablet and transfer these to a computer. Start a discussion with students about how video and images are stored on a computer and different sizes/types of files. BBC Bitesize

Ideas to try

  • Explore photographs and images: computers store data such as photos and images using pixels, ask students to explore different sizes of photographs and images and what happens when an image is resized using simple editing software. How does the photograph change? What differences are there in images that have been resized?

Units of Work

Online Resources

Patterning algebra
  • At the supermarket: this unit of work teaches students about data and sorting everyday objects from the supermarket. They will use computational thinking skills to develop a system to price objects without using a price label. Penny Rowe
  • Patterns: is a unit of work that examines patterns in literature and language, with suggestions for follow-up activities investigating patterns in math and creative arts. Support students to make explicit connections with the digital world. Jennifer Asha
  • Patterning to algebra Lessons P-3: this unit of work is focused on investigating, recognising, describing and creating patterns using a variety of materials in different contexts. The unit includes different lesson plans for different age groups to support differentiated learning. Maths Gains
  • What Colour Hair do you have?: is a foundation stage sequence of lessons exploring the collection and sorting of data with digital technology. Brooke Hartup
  • If the world were a village: is a unit of work based on the book, 'If the World Were a Village' by David J Smith and Shelagh Armstrong, illustrating data and information about the world’s population for children. The sequence of lessons investigates data and the representation of data. Extra teaching notes are also provided by Vivian Townsend or further teaching ideas can be found here. Lastly for a challenge based activity about presenting data see these resources from Tes Australia. University of Cambridge



Childrens book
  • Concrete maths materials used for sorting activities: students can recognise and explore patterns and represent different ways to sort the materials.
  • Basic data sets: including simple tables of information, which students can use to visually represent and re-organise.
  • Children's books: that present data that could be represented in different ways, such as numbers being represented as fruit; descriptions of seasons being represented by images (leaves, snow, flowers, beach); emotions being expressed as symbols (emoticons); clues to solving a mystery problem being represented as semaphore; details of the runs being made by a cricket player being represented as spokes in a wheel.

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