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Language and Communication writes on a screen  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Writes on a computer screen

Early years skill:Moving and handling
Early years typical range:16-26m
P-scales/Curriculum skill:English Writing
P-scales/Curriculum level:P4
TAP skill:Writing
TAP level:TAP24
Pre/Nat. Curriculum Area:not specified
Pre/Nat. Curiculum Standard:not specified
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info
Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Writing on a computer screen



Attractive programme like 'dazzle' for paint effects.

1. Show the child a symbol of the computer and lead the child to the computer holding the symbol for the child to see.

2. Give hand over hand support to click on the mouse and make a change to the computer screen.

3. Comment on the change. E.g., 'Look... its gone red.'

4. Gradually give the child less and less hand over hand guidance to click with the mouse.

5. Print out some to the screens that the child has made by using the mouse.

6. Comment on the print outs using one or two words e.g. 'Look......... green'.

7. Help the child take this print out to another adult for comment and praise.

8. Make a scrapbook of the printouts. Write the child's name under the print out.

Hand over hand modelling until the child can do most to the click action on its own. Then take your hand away and allow the child to complete the final part of the task. Gradually allow the child to complete more and more of the task till they are doing all the task themselves.

Give lots of praise or offer a reward bag for a task completed.

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