At Marshgate Primary School we have recognised that touch-typing is a valuable skill and have been teaching it since 2008. It is delivered as part of PPA cover by TAs in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Our children our now independent and set themselves up to use the software, using the hand covers and the headphones.
We currently us a piece of software called Englishtype. Children can work through the lessons at their own pace and then gradually unlock games which were not only fun but reinforced all the keys they had just learnt. The keys and finger placements are easily taught and with the use of a hand covers and colourful hand cards on the cover, this ensures that the children really cannot look and really do learn to touch-type.
Englishtype follows Key stages 1-3 of the National Curriculum and uses all of the words in the National Literacy Strategy.
After the children have finished Englishtype we then introduce them to Miracle Type. This is another very good piece of software which then introduces the number keys, and the numeric keypad. This extends the able children and gives them access to use the whole keyboard.
Computers are a huge part of a child’s life, at home and in school. Year 6 pupils who have left Marshgate to go on to secondary school have reported that they are able to touch type confidently at their new schools.