Using ICT at Foundation Stage

Using ICT

Information and Communications Technology can transform and enrich pupils’ learning experiences and environments across the curriculum. It can empower pupils, develop self-esteem and promote positive attitudes to learning.

The creative use of ICT can improve pupils’ thinking skills and encourage them to become independent, self-motivated and flexible learners.

Teachers can develop pupils’ Using ICT skills by giving them opportunities to:

  • engage in meaningful research and purposeful activities set in relevant contexts;
  • process, present and exchange their ideas and translate their thinking into creative outcomes that show an awareness of audience and purpose; and
  • use ICT to:
    • handle and communicate information, solve problems, pose questions and take risks;
    • collaborate within and beyond the classroom;
    • share and exchange their work; and
    • exhibit and showcase their learning.

See Assessment at Foundation Stage for more details.


For more information on Using ICT contact:

Lyn Lynch
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2607

Judith Morgan
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2665

Ciara Mahon
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2606


Using ICT Teaching and Learning Units Using ICT Teaching and Learning Units

CCEA has created the following teaching and learning units in response to teacher requests for guidance on how to approach the teaching of each type of ICT (as set out in the Desirable Features).

Developmental Stages in Learning

The Developmental Stages in Learning are non-statutory and support Foundation Stage teachers when assessing the Cross-Curricular Skills.

They provide a continuum that allows schools to take a holistic approach to developing and assessing the Cross-Curricular Skills. The Developmental Stages in Learning grids show the progression or steps that pupils may take to reach Level 1 of the Levels of Progression.

See the Developmental Stages in Learning for more detailed advice and guidance.

The Levels of Progression for Using ICT at Key Stage 1 and 2 are set out in can-do statements. These show the continuum of skills that pupils should be able to demonstrate so they can build the literacy skills needed for functioning effectively in life and the world of work.

Online Courses, Video Library and Exemplification Library

To access the Foundation Stage online course and Video Library, go to CCEA Training, log in with your C2k details and select the Foundation Stage online course.

Our Foundation Stage online course covers the Developmental Stages in Learning and shows how pupils may progress to Level 1 of the Levels of Progression.

The Exemplification Library and Video Library for Foundation Stage contain samples of pupil work and videos from Northern Ireland classrooms.