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Autumn 1 - Online Safety

This is the first of the PlanIt online safety units and is aimed at teaching basic online safety and digital literacy skills. In this unit, children learn about the potential dangers in the online world and what basic steps we all need to take in order to have positive digital experiences. The first lesson, which is intended to be taught at the start of the school year, focuses on why it is important for children to name their creative work. They go on to learn about using a search engine safely to find pictures. Children learn the SMART rules and look at what information should be kept safe when using the Internet. The lessons then explore the positives and potential negatives of online communication, such as email, and children will develop the skills to recognise potential dangers and act accordingly to keep themselves and others safe.


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Autumn 2 - Computer Skills

In this unit about Computing Skills, children will learn the basic computer skills required to be able to use a PC device successfully. They will begin by exploring the different parts of a PC device, focusing particularly on a desktop computer and laptop. Children will be taught how to switch on and shut down a PC device. Children will learn how to navigate a computer mouse or laptop trackpad and will have the opportunity to explore their functions, such as clicking, double-clicking and dragging. Children will also learn about the main keys on a keyboard and use an application to
explore their functions. Children will be taught how to use their mouse, trackpad and keyboard skills to log on to and log off from a PC device. They will also apply these skills in the following ways: to launch an application; to adjust the window; to save, find and open a file in a folder. Children will end the unit by using the computing skills they have learnt to create a piece of work on their PC device.


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Spring 1 - Programming Toys

In this unit about programming toys, children will be introduced to the principles of programming through unplugged tasks and the use of Bee-Bots. They will be introduced to algorithms as a set of step-by-step instructions given to a device, will learn how to debug simple algorithms and how to use logical reasoning to predict how a program will behave.

Spring 2 - Digital Painting

In this unit about Digital Painting, children will learn the skills associated with painting pictures on a PC device. Children will explore changing brush style and size; changing colours; drawing shapes and filling them; using tools to remove mistakes and adding text. Applying these skills will be built upon in each lesson through various digital painting activities. The unit ends with children having the opportunity to consolidate their newly learnt skills by creating a self-portrait as an end-of-unit
piece of work.

Ways to support at home 
Windows Paint (alternatives include Doddle Buddy for iPads and PicsArt for Android tablets)

Summer 1 - Scratch

This unit introduces children at Key Stage 1 to the principles of coding, using the age-appropriate ScratchJr software. A more accessible version of the popular Scratch Programming and aimed at age 5-7, ScratchJr is available as a free app for Apple, Amazon and Android tablets. The platform encourages basic understanding of algorithms and how to create precise instructions for visual working programs. It begins to develop a sense of creating, debugging and logical reasoning, which are required for further programming at KS2.

Summer 2 - Word Processing

This Word Processing Skills unit will teach your class basic typing and word processing skills. Children will learn how to type with two hands, use the shift, space and enter key properly, and edit work by using the backspace, delete and arrow keys. Children will then go on to learn how to use undo and redo and to select and format text.

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