Computing in the Early Years
The roots of our Computing curriculum at Fairfields really begin in the Foundation Stage through our ‘Understanding the World’ teaching. Understanding the World involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community.
Our Early Years curriculum enhances children’s personal experiences and increases their knowledge and sense of the modern world around them. We learn about computers and modern technology, and how we use them. Computers and technology are a part of our everyday life, and so it is really important that our children are confident with them. Computing is also important because it teaches us to solve problems and come up with new ideas.
We thread technology through our teaching and learning in the Early Years and children have the opportunity to use computers for Maths and Literacy learning, iPads for phonic development, bee bots for coding and digital cameras to record and take photos. Our roleplay areas in Nursery and Reception include phones, computer keyboards, laptops, and other digital accessories for the children to use.
Our children have access to CD players in Reception and they are taught how to operate them in order to listen to stories and music. In Nursery the children have access to digital toys and learn how to press buttons to make them work.
In addition, we read eBooks to build important knowledge that enriches and widens children’s vocabulary to support later reading comprehension.
Our Early Years curriculum equips children with the skills and knowledge of modern technology that they need for their next step of learning and future life.