Lesson 2: Real world tinker tray

Children explore and tinker with hardware and identify where technology is used in places that they are familiar with, such as homes and school.

Before the lesson

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Learning objectives

  • To learn how to explore and tinker with hardware to develop familiarity and introduce relevant vocabulary
  • To recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools

EYFS outcomes

Communication and language 

  • Learn new vocabulary
  • Use new vocabulary through the day
  • Ask questions to find out more and to check they understand what has been said to them
  • Use talk to help work out problems and organise thinking and activities, and to explain how things work and why they might happen

Physical development

  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently
  • Confidently and safely use a range of small apparatus, alone and in a group

Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring

Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021.


Teacher notes

Key vocabulary

Prompts for learning


Next steps

To continue to make connections with technology used at home and at school. 

To use new vocabulary in everyday conversation and play.

To learn how to operate a camera and/or iPad and use them to take photos.

Make a note of any specific next steps for individual children.

Created by:
Sophie Pickles,  
Computing specialist
Sophie is an expert Early Years consultant. She has spent many years both teaching in Reception and leading, in her role of Head of Early Years and senior manager at an outstanding-rated, child-led setting. Sophie now works with many national educational…
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