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Year 3 Branching Databases (Teacher Notes)
Pupil Activity Code: 4A4A – What is it?

Progression of skills in this pack
1. Add and label objects.
2. Ask questions to sort (classify) objects correctly.

⏱ 1 hour

🛠 What will teachers and pupils need?
For pupils to make a branching database they will need access to the free Junior Infant Tools Branch website. This is part of the Junior infant Tools, which does require a subscription for some features, such as saving and using own photos but pupils will be able to do the tasks below without a subscription.   

👨‍🏫 Teacher input
The first video below introduces branching databases so you may wish to show this and the subsequent videos as a whole class. The first video also demonstrates how a yes/no game could be played by pairs before pupils start making their own databases

Pupil Activity Pack (Teacher view)
1. What is a branching database?
Watch the first video tutorial to learn about branching databases and how to play a yes/no game with a partner.   

2. Choosing the objects
Watch the video tutorial to learn how to add objects such as animals. Try to choose objects that are different to each other. 

  1. Choose a background suitable for your branching database.
  2. Give it a suitable title with your name in the title. e.g Animals by Harry.
  3. Use the arrows on the left side to find different objects and drag them into your template.
  4. Click each on to give it a name and description. 

3. Ask questions
Watch the video tutorial to learn how to add questions to sort (classify) your objects. Remember to put a question mark!! 

  1. Click Sort.
  2. Type in a question where the answer can only be yes or no.
  3.  Drag your objects into thumbs up for yes and thumbs down for no. 

✅ Assessment
​If your school subscribes to J2E then the pupils can save their databases to their online files or if not then print them. Pupils/teachers could also take a screenshot. This could then be inserted into a Word document or saved to a pupil work folder. Click the links below to learn how to do this on your school devices.
Windows PC
Chromebook
iPad
Mac