Week ICT & Literacy
St Patrick’s RC Primary School in Walton le Dale held a European Week in July 2001. As part of their ICT/Literacy work each of the KS2 groups produced an interactive quiz based on the country that they were studying.
1 The children used the two sites; Interfact Children’s Atlas and
2 They researched facts about Spain, Germany and Ireland. Next, they turned the facts that they had found into questions then inputted their questions into a quiz-maker at www.quia.com (a free site where anyone can register to create their own activities).
3 For each question the children had to enter the correct answer but also three additional incorrect answers (for a ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’ multiple-choice style of quiz.)
4 The finished quizzes were saved to their own unique URLs provided automatically by Quia.
5 Class 7 (Y5/6) produced a quiz on Ireland.
Class 6 (Y4/5) produced a quiz on Germany and
Class 5 (Y3/4) produced a quiz on Spain.
The younger children had the benefit of viewing the older children’s quiz as it progressed so that they understood what was expected of them when it came to producing their own version. The work was further differentiated in that it became harder to create questions as the quizzes were built up ie the most obvious questions such as ‘What is the capital of Germany?’ were suggested first but later questions required further research and the facts became harder to convert to questions.
Each class of 30+ children worked in turn, in three groups, in pairs on 8 computers in a suite, and produced their quiz in half a day. However, this project could equally have been carried out on one computer in the classroom over the course of a week.
Class 6 went on to create a crossword using a crossword-creator program that can be downloaded for free.
Their crossword can be completed on screen (click on the crossword boxes to reveal the clues) or viewed to print off and complete later. Creating crossword clues required different skills from creating quiz questions. The children had to find short statements relating to their answers rather than enter questions for each clue.
The project was cross-curricular in nature and addressed many literacy objectives including: -
Year 3 Term 1
sentence level 6: to secure knowledge of question marks….
text level 19: to locate information, using contents, index, headings..
text level 20: to compare the way information is presented eg by comparing a variety of information texts including IT-based sources.
text level 21: to read information passages and identify main points or gist of text…..
Year 3 Term 3
text level 17: to ‘scan’ indexes, directories, and IT sources etc to locate information quickly and accurately.
Year 4 Term 1
text level 19: to understand and use the terms fact and opinion.
text level 23: to investigate how reading strategies are adapted to suit the different properties of IT texts ie those that are scrolled and non-linear in structure.
Year 4 Term 2
text level 16: to prepare for factual research by reviewing what is known, what is needed, what is available and where one might search.
text level 23: to collect information from a variety of sources and present it in one simple format….
Year 4 Term 3
sentence level 3: to understand how the grammar of a sentence alters when the sentence type is altered, when, eg a statement is made into a question…
Year 5 Term 2
text level 17: to locate information confidently and efficiently through………. using CDROM and other IT sources….
sentence level 8; to construct sentences in different ways…. through re-ordering them…
Year 6 Term 3
text level 17: to appraise a text (online) quickly and effectively; to retrieve information from it; to find information quickly and evaluate its value.
text level 18: to secure the skills of skimming, scanning and efficient reading so that research is fast and effective.