Working Together - Reception

Cloud Applications Used

JIT Write, 2Publish

Keyword Flashcards

Internet, online, website, keyboard, typing, word bank, delete, space-bar, shift, save, retrieve, keyword, search

Pupils should be provided with opportunities to explore digital technologies around them and how they can be used as a tool to support writing.

Practitioners should provide a positive role model by showing pupils that adults use technology (such as word processing) for their own purposes and by talking to the children about the value they place on this use. In this way pupils will see technology used for real purposes and will develop the understanding that technologies are tools to be used when they’re needed and that they’re not used just for the sake of it.

In this strand we are aiming for the pupils to have:

- an awareness of different real technologies that could be available to them in the classroom, e.g. the interactive whiteboard; tablet devices; laptops and desktop computers.

- An understanding that digital resources need to be safely returned to a designated place after use.

- An understanding that all toys and digital resources should be kept away from water (except those that are designed to be used with/in water).

- An awareness of the technologies available in the role play areas, e.g. shopping till; shopping scanner; digital cameras; mobile phones; walkie / talkies; recording devices and how and why people use them.

- An understanding that pressing or touching a computer keyboard (on screen keyboard and ‘physical’ keyboard) corresponds to something happening on the screen. Demonstrate how to change the size and colour of the text.

- Explored using a mouse. If your classroom has a mouse connected to the computer, then the pupils will need time to learn how to use the mouse to move to a position on screen and how to double click. Have a set of old mice (cut the leads) and let the pupils play with these, practicing moving the mouse and double clicking. Make and laminate an A3 sheet with patterns which the pupils have to follow with the mouse and double clicking on certain areas.

- Used the interactive whiteboard to make marks on or copy letters or symbols that are familiar to them.

- Worked with a friend, typing a familiar word or simple sentence with the support of a word bank. Show the pupils how by clicking on a word the corresponding word appears in their sentence. Show how to delete mistakes and use the undo button. Can the pupils tell you what they need to do to make their sentence ‘successful’? A capital letter, used the word bank or changed the font.

- An awareness that their digital work can be saved and can be retrieved again.

- Had opportunities to develop keyboard recognition and purposeful typing through ‘office’ role play activities (the travel agents, the health centre, the post office, etc.)

DCF Citizenship - Health and well being


I can identify and use a range of media and digital devices from familiar experiences.

DCF Interacting and collaborating - Collaboration


I can work with others to produce digital work.

DCF Interacting and collaborating - Storing and sharing


I can save and retrieve my digital work, e.g clicking icons, within apps, camera roll.

DCF Producing - Sourcing, searching and planning digital content


I can identify steps to success in response to questions with support.

I can explore familiar software.

DCF Producing - Creating digital content


I can explore and use appropriate software to add text and images, exploring size and colour.

I can create simple digital work.

Science & Technology AoLE - Computation is the foundation for our digital world


I can experiment with and identify uses of a range of computing technology in the world around me.

Understand that the Internet can be used to visit far-away places, learn new things and how to do this safely.


Safety In My Online Neighbourhood lesson from Common Sense Media. You will need to create a free login to the site to access this rich teaching resource.

- The power of the internet allows students to experience and visit places they might not be able to see in person. But, just like traveling in the real world, it's important to be safe when traveling online. On this virtual field trip, pupils can practice staying safe on online adventures.

DCF Citizenship - Identity, image and reputation


I can recognise that actions have consequences and I can identify simple rules and strategies to keep myself safe online.

Find information or images online using keywords.


Demonstrate to pupils how we can find images online using the internet. Explain that we only need to use a keyword (dog) or keywords (black dog) to find what we are looking for. What would pupils like to find photos of? Make sure a grown up is with the pupils when carrying out this activity. Ensure that safe search is enabled. When showing Swiggle, show the pupils how you click between Web and Image results for your search. If you use Pixabay, look for the name of the person who has created the photograph and explain to the pupils that this person owns this image but has allowed us to use it.

DCF Producing - Sourcing, searching and planning digital content


I can find information, such as images, using keywords.