Digital technologies / Year 5 and 6 / Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills

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Curriculum content descriptions

Acquire, store and validate different types of data, and use a range of software to interpret and visualise data to create information (ACTDIP016)

  • using digital systems to validate data, for example setting data types in a spreadsheet to make sure a date is input correctly
  • selecting and using peripheral devices suitable to the data, for example using a data probe to collect data about changing soil temperatures for plants, interpreting the data and sharing the results as a digital graph
  • recognising the difference between numerical, text and date formats in spreadsheets
  • using software to automate calculations to help with interpreting data, for example using functions to make arithmetic calculations using multiple cells and summing cell ranges
  • acquiring data from online sources by narrowing the focus, for example filtering data using provided options or performing queries using advanced search functions
  • using data visualisation software to help in interpreting trends, for example uploading data to a web application and building a visualisation of the dataset
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Data representation,  Information management,  Collation,  Data storage

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