Lesson 1: Getting to know the keyboard

Children learn about the layout of a keyboard and the basics of touch typing

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to learn to touch type

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May find it useful to work on Link: ‘TypingClub Jungle junior’ , which shows you which fingers to use.

Pupils working at greater depth: Complete a ‘placement test’ before starting.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Cat Lamin,  
Computing specialist
Cat was a committed primary school teacher for twelve years. After starting her independent consultancy ‘Crossover Solutions’ she has travelled to Argentina, Brazil and America to share her wealth of knowledge of computer science with other teachers. Her enjoyment for…
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