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BBC Dance Mat Typing

 

Touch typing, when done well, is the fastest way to write and will come in very handy at secondary school. Many children can learn to touch type faster than they can to write with a pen.

 

Some important things to remember are:

  • Use the correct fingers
  • Always rest your wrists on the desk
  • Sit with your back up straight and your feet on the ground
  • Take a rest and shake your hands and arms to relax your muscles if you get tired
  • Do not look at your hands when you are learning to type

 

BBC Dance Mat Typing is a fun way to learn touch typing. There are four levels of online lessons to work through:

 

  • Level 1 – Starts with the home row keys.
  • Level 2 – Learn the six keys above the home row.
  • Level 3 – Learn the six keys below the home row.
  • Level 4 – Learn five more keys and how to make capital letters.

Purple Mash

 

Children are provided with their Purple Mash login details which they may use to access Purple Mash from home. We encourage you to login with your child to have some fun using this comprehensive suite of online learning tools and content.

 

Parents can register for the Parent Portal to see what their children have been doing on Purple Mash.

Scratch

 

You can program your own interactive stories, games and animations in Scratch. This helps to further develop creative thinking and systematic reasoning skills.

 

Scratch is designed for children aged 8-16 years, for younger children aged 5-7 ScratchJr is available.

More information for parents can be found on About Scratch.

 

To program offline, you can download Scratch Desktop.

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