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It's really about showing that children can use technology. You could use a photocopier for a numeracy activity; have the children photocopy their hand/s showing 1 finger, then 2, then 3 etc. Cut out the photocopied hands and make a number line with them. You could also do your own hands (and other members of staff) and the children could compare/order size. They could use a digital camera to take photos of 3 or 4 children in the class + the teacher, then print the photos and order them. If you ask the children to explain how they used the technology this could be recorded in a speech bubble e.g. (photocopier) first I checked that it was switched on/plug in, then I lifted the lid, then I put my hand on the glass, then I pull the lid down, then I pressed number 1 (1 copy), then I pressed the 'start' key etc. This could be followed up with 2 copies of one of the prints - one for learning journey (or wherever you keep evidence) and one to take home. You could develop this further by laminating some of the work. Can the children think of/find out other uses for a photocopier? Whatever you decide to do, it needs to be relevant and for a purpose. So this could be a different (exciting?!) way to learn, for those who find it difficult to order numbers.

I can also recommend an excellent ICT resource - software 'All Around the House' (Sherston), age 3-6 years. There are 18 interactive simulations incl digital camera, DVD player, iron, washing machine and microwave - it really gets children thinking (and adults too!) - it's really challenging.

Good luck

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We also see it as being about practical use (so would use a photocopier for papers only). We don't use ICT for computer games, including educational ones, as we don't think they are necessary. Apart from familiarising themselves with the resources we got by pressing the occasional button, which we also think is of limited value, we talk about technology in various contexts - what it is used for. Awareness rather than skill and understanding.

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Early learning goal – technology :

Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.



We are unable to let the children select and use ICT freely in our setting, so we ask the parents of the very few children who spend their last EYFS year with us about those children's use of ICT at home. With the use of what we got and our discussions we're doing OK, I think. What children can't do with us is this (Early Learning Outcomes):


• Completes a simple program on a computer.

• Interacts with age-appropriate computer software.


But this is not statutory - I hope!

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