From a very young age children can be taught the fundamentals of Keyboarding

Year O-1

Thumbs only on the space bar

Hold the mouse correctly

Single click and Double click mouse

Keep mouse on mat

Click on items

Click and drag items

Can recognise some letters on Keyboard

Can use the 'Magic Line'

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Year 2

Can recognise all letters on keyboard

Can use Shift key

Can use basic punctuation .,?!

Can use numbers on numerical pad

Can type sentence

recognises the Home Keys asdf jkl;

Year 3

Can type sentences

Can type the Home Keys correctly

Knows the difference between Shift and Caps lock

starting to type some basic words with correct fingering

Year 4

Can use both Delete/Backspaces keys correctly

Can type some basic words with correct fingering (including own name)

Can find and use some symbols correctly ($%&+-)

Starting to use some Keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl or Command C, V,P)

Year 5

Can type several words with correct fingering

Knows most of the Keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl or Command Z,X,C,V,B,N,A,S,D,F,K,Q,W,I,U,P,)

Year 6

Typing lots of words correctly

Starting to look at screen when typing

Typing most letters correctly

Year 7-8

Mostly looking at screen when typing

Rarely looking at keyboard


You can download any of these PowerPoints or Word files by clicking on the links.



Plain Windows Keyboard external image msword.png Plain Windows keyboard.docPlain Mac keyboard Plain Mac Keyboard.doc
Lower case Windows Keyboard external image msword.png lower case win keyboard.doc
Lower case Mac Keyboard lower case apple keyboard.doc


Coloured Windows Keyboard external image msword.png coloured keyboard.doc
Coloured Mac Keyboard Mac colour keyboard.doc
Typing Practice Cards external image msword.png Typing practice cards 64.doc


Home Keys external image msword.png Home keys.doc
Magic Line external image msword.png magic line.doc


Finger Names external image msword.png finger names.doc
Typing Tortoise external image msword.png typing tortoise.doc


Typing Cards Evaluation external image msword.png typing cards evaluation.doc
Typing Sentence Practice Cards external image msword.png Typing sentences practice cards.doc


Getting to know the Keyboard keys external image msword.png Getting to know the keyboard keys.doc
Typing Card Activities external image msword.png typing card activities.doc


Keyboard Focus Cards external image msword.png Keyboard focus cards.doc


Keyboard Websites
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Keyboard Climber

See how high you can go. Make sure that you are using the correct fingers

Dance Mat Typing

Start at level one and work your way up to Level four

Minimouse: mouse games

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Advanced Keyboarding

Typing Club




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Keyboarding Games for kids

A great variety of keyboarding games for all levels

Meteor Game

Blow up 3D meteors while learning and practicing the positions of the letters on the keyboard.

Typing Chef

A fun game that will help you to practice touch typing while learning to be a chef

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Typing Olympic

Touch type full sentences in order to be an Olympic typing champion

Type For Your Life

Fun game that let you type and type and type

Type Rocket

Mouse Skills
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Click the bubbles

Colour the Picturesand Practice your maths skills