Church Of England Primary School
At St. Edburg's we believe that Information Communication Technology is a fundamental part of modern day everyday life. We are committed to embedding technology into routines and teaching, to prepare our children for using technology competently and safely as they progress through their education into adulthood.
How to help your child develop Computing Confidence
Foundation Stage/Key stage 1
Use the vast range of resources available on the Internet such as CBeebies/BBC Schools, Dance Mat Typing or some of the fantastic apps available for use on tablets such as Daisy the Dinosaur, Bee-Bot, Lego Fix Factory, Photo booth.
Let your child use remote control toys, walkie talkies etc.
Use a CD player/recorder/tablet to listen to or record stories, sounds, and ask them questions related to this.
Play educational games available online or on tablets.
Use painting software such as Windows paint, (available on most computers as part of windows package) this is a good way for your child to develop mouse skills and control, but also to develop their artistic skills using technology. There are also many art/creative apps available that will help develop skills with photography, drawing, video i.e. Photo Booth, iMovie, Doink, Toontastic, Sock Puppets .
Encourage your child to write thank you notes, room labels or similar using a word processing program, this will help them to develop their keyboard skills.
Touch typing is an invaluable skill, but just being familiar with the keyboard layout etc. and to be able to type with more than one finger will really help your child when using the computer. BBC Dance Mat typing is a free online touch typing course designed to be used by children
Watching educational programmes, DVD's, or the Internet is a good way to get your child to gather information.
Key stage 2
Encourage your child to make cards, invitations, write letters, present homework etc. using software such as Word, Publisher, Power Point.
Let your child send e-mails to friends and family.
Use the Internet to find out information for homework, for cinema, train times, research where you're going on holiday. The Internet is a really useful way of gathering information on a range of topics.
Use digital cameras/tablets and use the photographs to present a project. Use electronic sound/music equipment. Apps such as iMovie will help children develop skills with video recording and editing.
Map reading or just vocalising directions with your child will help them to understand some of the control language they use when using Logo software in school.
Below are links to some of the resources mentioned above which are free and safe to download and use at home.