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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.
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 ________.
File
Database
Printer
Scanner
A database is a list with lots of information in it
2.
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?
Not go to work.
Skip work.
Miss watching it.
Record it.
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
3.
You can use a pencil and paper to write a story. But you can also use a ________.
Calculator
Computer
Cooker
Spoon
Have you written a story on a computer? What was it about?
4.
Sam’s Mum wants to know the times of the trains to London. What does she do to find out?
She guesses the times.
She makes up the times.
She goes on the internet.
She drives round to a friend’s and asks her.
Sam’s Mum goes online to find out. She can do this on her laptop or on her phone
5.
Which one of these can you play in the school playground with a bat and a ball?
Rounders
Computer games
Video games
Virtual games
Rounders is a real game. Do you play computer games? Which one is your favourite?
6.
In the school office the secretary is adding up money for a school trip. She adds up the money on a ________.
Printer
Calculator
Toaster
Kettle
Calculators are simple computers. Computers are good at doing sums
7.
Books are made of paper. They have words printed on them. Small computers can also be used to read books. They are called:
eBooks
ePrint
eComputer
ePaint
The small computer is sometimes called an eReader
8.
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 _________.
Ghosts
Fairies
Goblins
Computers
Computers are very good at controlling machines
9.
Sam’s older sister uses ________ to keep in touch with her friends.
Books
Cards
Letters
Facebook
Facebook is just one type of social media
10.
Sam’s older sister sends emails and _____.
Texts
Chairs
Tables
Benches
A text is a short message
Author:  David Bland

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