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Touch Typing

Learning to use the keyboard effectively is an important skill for any child. Being able to type without looking at the keyboard means children can focus on the task in front of them, instead of worrying about their handwriting, spelling etc. Learning to type using a multi-sensory approach also strengthens reading, writing and spelling skills by emphasising phonics. It prepares children for later grades, when assignments must be completed using a computer, and reinforces familiarity with sight words and other high frequency vocabulary.

Children attend intervention sessions which involve a variety of typing games to support typing skills:

Dance mat typing, working through the levels as they progress, Nitro type, an interactive, competitive game which encourages children to speed type against their friends and earn coins to buy cars etc, there are many free online games which will encourage typing skills through a fun interactive way.