Computing at Fircroft
At Fircroft, we offer a broad and balanced Computing curriculum, organised into four areas: Digital Literacy, Information Technology, Coding and Online Safety, which runs as a theme within each topic.
Online safety is an integral part of our Computing Curriculum as we recognise that we have a vital role to play in supporting children to stay safe whilst navigating the wide range of apps, websites and devices they may have access to.
We want our learners to be confident and creative users of a wide range of technologies, from iPads to PCs and laptops to microbits, and to have the opportunity to use them to enhance their learning, across the wider curriculum.
Pupils are encouraged to learn in small steps, often collaboratively, to develop the skills of lifelong learners who are adaptable and have transferable skills, which they can apply to the ever-changing technological landscape.
Why learn to touch type?
One of the aims of the Computing curriculum is for pupils to be competent users of information and communication technology. While touch typing isn't specifically mentioned in the National Curriculum, is a very useful life-skill to have and children can develop this skill at home.
The important things to remember are:
■ Use the correct fingers
■ There's no need to rush!
■ Always rest your wrists on the desk.
You should take a rest, and shake your hands and arms to relax your muscles if you get tired.
It's important not to look at your hands when you are learning to type. The best way to ensure that you don't look at your hands is to cover them up - you can make a simple box out of cardboard or wood to cover both the keys and your hands.
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