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Basic Skills Policy

Basic Skills Policy

Mansfield Primary Academy

EYFS expectations 

Learning about technology starts from birth because it’s the way the world works today. Technology is an integral part of all young children’s environment and world. They are surrounded by technology just as they are surrounded by language, print and numbers. In the home, technology includes remote controls for television, DVDs and sound systems, toys that have buttons and buzzers, mobile phones, washing machines, microwave ovens and other machines that require programming, and of course, computers and mobile devices such as iPads. Outside the home, children are also immersed in the technological world: they see automatic doors, cash machines, bar code scanners, digital tills and weighing machines, and security cameras. Technology is something children are going to grow up with, learn about and master, and use as a tool to increase their understanding in all areas of learning. 

Many activities in the early years revolve around children developing an understanding of their environment. Settings encourage children to explore, observe, solve problems, predict, discuss and consider. ICT resources can provide tools for using these skills as well as being examined, with computers not the only resources. ICT equipment added to role-play reflects the real world, builds on children’s experiences and allows them opportunities to understand how, why, when and where different forms of technology are used in everyday life. 

Early experiences form a foundation upon which KS1 and KS2 can build and the current early learning goals have specific objectives relating to ICT. As part of continuous provision and when instructed to use by an adult with supervision or when requested to be used by the child, across a variety of platforms.

Skills across using the IT system: 

If asked by a child, adult will supervise the children in logging on and use of apps within airhead – (statement 40-60+ months – completes a simple program on a computer) 

Children should be shown how to open the apps within airhead and how to interact with them, and when showing an interest to use this independently should be assisted in logging on. 

Children should have access to a variety of IT equipment, tablet, computer, camera, bee bots, tills, talking tins, sound buttons and a variety of real-life equipment such as washing machines and microwaves etc and know the uses of each of them. 

Children should be able to experience typing/writing on a computer or touch screen device. Such as on apps like writing repeater within airhead. This also has a simplistic save version - so the children, with adult supervision, can begin to learn to save and open documents. 



Children should be exposed to a variety of different apps and websites by the time that they leave EYFS and know that different apps will serve different purposes and functions and be able to begin to choose the correct app for the functionality required.




Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Basic Skills

Logging in and out of a computer

Saving in a personal OneDrive

Opening document

Knowing what an email is

Opening email app

Opening a link from email (Forms)

Use a search engine for a purpose

Knowing the safe site - padlock

Begin to choose own name for a document

Understanding what an email is and when to use them

Whole class shared writing of an email – subject box etc

Choose appropriate name for document

Delete document

Writing an email – use of subject and formality of language

Begin touch typing

Changing password when instructed to do so

Appropriately naming documents

Emailing – use of cc, attaching documents, opening and saving documents

Increase speed of touch typing

Creating, changing and recording own passwords

Moving files between folders

Searching emails

Knowing that you can password protect emails

Increase speed of touch typing – to reflect length of work expectation

Using distribution groups for email

Filtering the mail

Protecting emails with a password

Increase speed of touch typing

Core Skills

Printing when appropriate

Typing simple sentences with capital letter and full stop

Inserting image from given shared folder (teacher choice)


Awareness of what is appropriate to print- begin to make this decision

Begin to access the shared class group to open documents



Using print preview to check the look of the document

Beginning to change font/size and layout of the document according to purpose

Use of shift for capital letter and symbols

Knowing the formatting for the selected audience

Images- resizing, formatting, wrapping text

Printing settings – eg double sided


Inserting a hyperlink



Finding keys on a keyboard – space bar/caps lock/full stop

Alternating between upper and lower case

Changing size and colour of the font

Use of return key, backspace, delete

Insert word art

Spell check

Insert online picture using search facility

Change the font

Copy and paste

Use of bullet points

Use of inserting a border

Choosing correct orientation of the page

Insert a text box and format it.

Use of a thesaurus/synonyms

Margins on a page – e.g. smaller for a poster

Inserting columns for newspaper report

Use of shortcuts for copy and paste

Choosing own page design and layout to suit the purpose

Insert header/footer

Insert a table

Highlighting main points

Applying multiple page layouts and designs within one document.

Applying skills previously taught into a project with a purpose



Know the symbol

Put numbers in a cell

Enter a simple chart (linked with tally chart)

Save the document

Open a saved file

Create a tally chart with a title

Add additional sheets/rename them

Basic formula – adding

Wrap the text in a cell

Use of editing bar

Clear fields of information – to read and input

Borders around the cells.

Setting print areas

Knowing how to add a chart and graph

Inserting and deleting columns and rows

Orientation of the text

Reading, interpreting and understanding data

Inputting data

Formula – sum of cells, add/subtract, multiply/divide

Inserting bar and pie charts

Sorting cells – a-z

Formatting cells to 2 decimal places

Advanced formula across sheets

Making scatter graph

Advanced sorting of columns

Formatting number, date etc

Conditional formatting, adding rules for creation of multiplication games

Power Point

Insert text

Insert given pictures

Change the background colour

Insert new slide

Edit a given template – adding pictures and text

Edit the title

Begin to explore slide transitions

Adding correct format of slides

Changing order of slides

Starting a slide show

Basic transitions

Basic animations

Knowing that you need to click space bar for these animations

Creating full presentations with timings

Add notes for presenting

Add audio

Shortcuts, e.g. enter to add a new slide

Create multi-path presentation

Use timings and buttons with hyperlinks

Inserting multimedia, video and audio