We place value on children taking pride and care over their work and handwriting is a key part of this. In early years there is a big emphasis upon fine motor skills and we use a range of resources to practise these basic skills. This moves into correct letter formation with a focus on both upper-case and lower-case letters.
- In Reception, pupils have two short letter formation lessons a week. These skills are also practised and applied in phonics and literacy lessons. Letter formation is taught using the letter formation phrases from our phonics programme, Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised. Each letter has a catchy phrase to help the children remember the formation.
- From Year 1 onwards, we then teach the children how to form cursive letters. We teach the Join It handwriting font.
- Each class has one handwriting lesson a week. Handwriting lessons are based on ‘Twinkl Handwriting’ and focus on teaching a different letter each week from one of the four ‘letter families’: the ladder family, the one-armed robot family, the curly caterpillar family, and the zig-zag monster family.
- The focus for handwriting lessons progresses each year:
- Reception – forming letters.
- Year 1 – forming pre-cursive letters.
- Year 2 – positioning and forming cursive letters.
- Year 3 and 4 – joining cursive letters.
- Year 5 and 6 – fluency, style and speed.
- The teaching of handwriting is also weaved through English and phonics lessons. However, we do provide extra handwriting practise for pupils that we feel may require additional support.
- All children are encouraged to think carefully about the presentation of their work and to develop clear, legible and fluent handwriting. We have high expectations for handwriting and ensure that all pupils and staff adhere to this.
- Pupils in KS2 who consistently maintain excellent handwriting can achieve a pen license.