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A True ICT Whizz

By on Mar 4, 2014

It is very obvious when a child comes into school at four, who does and who does not use technology at home. Children who use Xboxes, playstations, iPads, etc. display a confidence that far exceeds the children who have never had the chance to use technology at home. However, often they are confident with gaming and are happy to experiment to find out how things work but lack a few essential skills that will help them tremendously.

These skills are often transferable from one piece of software to another. So having a basic skill level will give them a good starting point. This is also one of the issues - transferring skills - Example, knowing that some of the same actions can be performed in Word and Powerpoint.


For the younger ones

By the end of key stage 1 I would recommend:

1. Know how to use a drawing program such as paint.
2. Type and understand that the computer will take them to a new line when ready.
3. How to use the return key correctly, Example, under a title.
4. How to use the shift key for capital letters (not the caps lock key for everything).
5. How to change the font and font size.
6. How to insert a picture from clip art.
7. How to open and save their work.
8. How to use the internet safely (especially the difference between a web address and using a search engine).

Project Ideas:

1. Write a letter to Santa Claus/a family member.
2. Make a seasonal picture for the weather today.
3. Make a three slide Powerpoint about an animal or a hobby.


For the older ones

In key stage 2 they will be expected to:

1. Use a database
2. Insert a table
3. Insert photographs
4. Crop photographs
5. Centre, left align and right align text
6. Underline
7. Make bold
8. Use a spreadsheet
9. Understand how to use the internet safely
10. Use bullet points
11. Cut, copy and paste
12. Think about colour schemes and layout by looking at professional posters and leaflets

Project Ideas:

1. Create a leaflet for somewhere you have visited in the holidays - zoo, theme park, a museum or the park.
2. Write a letter to a famous person that they admire (they may be lucky and get a reply).
3. Collate data in a spreadsheet such as sports results, types of animals found in the garden/park, how many different cars seen in a 15 minute period, etc.
4. Make a Powerpoint about a holiday to email to the extended family. Fill it with pictures and captions.


The new computing curriculum is changing. There will be more focus on creating games, coding and control. This means that more of the basic skills will be done through other lessons in the classroom rather than in the computer room (where usually there are not enough for everyone). It is more important than ever that your child has the basic skills they need for the future.

Have a question? Could you share your experiences to help others? Please comment below.



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