Uses of a Computer
Sam's Dad wants to watch Doctor Who but has to go to work. What can he do?

Uses of a Computer

This quiz addresses part of the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 for children aged 5 and 6 in years 1 and 2 in Computing. Specifically it looks at the wide range of uses for computers, such as the storage of information, databases, calculations, games, social media, video and animation. It is one of 20 quizzes to help you find out about how computers work, and how they affect all our lives.

There is a wide range of computers. Some are big and you can see them. Others are very small and are hidden away inside machines. Computers have many uses. They can do lots of different jobs. New ways of using computers are being found all the time. But how many of these uses can you spot?

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  1. Sam’s older sister sends emails and _____.
    A text is a short message
  2. Books are made of paper. They have words printed on them. Small computers can also be used to read books. They are called:
    The small computer is sometimes called an eReader
  3. Sam’s Dad wants to watch Doctor Who. But Sam’s Dad is working when Doctor Who is on the television. What can Sam’s Dad do?
    Sam’s Dad has to go to work. Sam’s Dad can watch Doctor Who later. He could also watch it on his computer on iPlayer
  4. At school, Sam is asked to go and find a book in the library. Sam does not know where the book is. So he looks up the book on a computer. The computer has a list of all the books in the library and where they are. This sort of list is called a ________.
    A database is a list with lots of information in it
  5. In the school office the secretary is adding up money for a school trip. She adds up the money on a ________.
    Calculators are simple computers. Computers are good at doing sums
  6. Sam’s Dad works in a factory. They build cars at the factory. There are a lot of machines at the factory. Lots of the machines are controlled by _________.
    Computers are very good at controlling machines
  7. Sam’s older sister uses ________ to keep in touch with her friends.
    Facebook is just one type of social media
  8. Which one of these can you play in the school playground with a bat and a ball?
    Rounders is a real game. Do you play computer games? Which one is your favourite?
  9. Sam’s Mum wants to know the times of the trains to London. What does she do to find out?
    Sam’s Mum goes online to find out. She can do this on her laptop or on her phone
  10. You can use a pencil and paper to write a story. But you can also use a ________.
    Have you written a story on a computer? What was it about?

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