Upper Key Stage 2 Computational Thinking and Creativity
Web Research Challenge

Are you up to a challenge set by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales? Learn to identify reliable sources of information and spot the tell-tale signs of less dependable material. Have a go at checking and updating a Wikipedia entry for a local city, county or region for Jimmy and create your own webpage of reliable links by developing informative and working hyperlinks.

Session 1 The art of the web researcher: finding reliable information

Objectives

Computing

  • Use search technologies effectively.
  • Appreciate how results are selected and ranked.
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content.
  • Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT.

Geography

  • Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features, and land use patterns.

Planning and Activities

Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, needs your help to identify reliable and less reliable sources of information. Can you justify your own sources of information and convince him to ‘take you on’ as an editor?

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To identify features of a website or contributor that may suggest information is reliable or unreliable.
  • To find reliable geographic information on local cities or counties in the UK.

Children will:

  • Identify potentially unreliable contributors to Wikipedia pages for Jimmy Wales.
  • Complete a ‘3 website challenge’ on the human or physical geography of a UK city, county or region, finding a sliding scale of reliable sites.
  • Justify to Jimmy Wales the use of an online site for reliable information on the human geography of a UK city, county or region.

Provided Resources

  • Photographs of Jimmy Wales
  • Contributor and Solution cards
  • Website reliability list
  • Jimmy’s web research challenge #1

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 2 Check and update a Wikipedia page with reliable information

Objectives

Computing

  • Use search technologies effectively.
  • Appreciate how results are selected and ranked.
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content.
  • Be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT.

Geography

  • Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features, and land-use patterns.

English

  • Identify the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own; proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors.

Planning and Activities

Use your advanced search skills to identify a range of reliable sites on a UK area and edit a related Wikipedia webpage, adding in some of your own researched information.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To use advanced search processes to find specific and reliable information. Edit existing online content on Wikipedia.
  • To research and identify reliable pieces of human or physical geographic information.
  • To use plain English, accurate spellings and punctuation for an online contribution.

Children will:

  • Use advanced search processes to find specific and reliable info about the human or physical geography of a UK city, county or region.
  • Check and add to a Wikipedia page by checking against reliable sources of info.
  • Identify and add reliable geographic info to a ‘regional’ Wikipedia page.
  • Update a Wikipedia entry using plain English as well as accurate spellings and punctuation.

Provided Resources

  • Search pairs game
  • Jimmy Wales’ challenge #2
  • Plain English rules

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 3 Create your own regional 'reliable links' webpage

Objectives

Computing

  • Use search technologies effectively.
  • Appreciate how results are selected and ranked.
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content.
  • be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT.
  • Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems.

Geography

  • Name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features, and land-use patterns.

Planning and Activities

Complete some in-house training on online copyright law and learn how to create informative and useful hyperlinks. Have a go at creating your own webpage highlighting the highly reliable links you have found throughout your research. Make your website the place to visit for primary school geographers.

Teaching Outcomes:

  • To identify online copyright issues and develop and use format and style guides.
  • To write a geographical overview of a UK county or city.

Children will:

  • Explore the copyright laws surrounding images and text.
  • Learn how to create hyperlinks and rename them.
  • Create their own ‘reliable links’ webpage for specific geographic regions of the UK.

Provided Resources

  • Copyright statements
  • Hyperlink instructions and sample hyperlinks
  • Style and Format guidelines

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.