We work with aspirations that children’s handwriting should be ‘sufficiently fluent and effortless for them to manage the general demands of the curriculum’ and that ‘problems with forming letters do not get in the way of their writing down what they want to say’.
We know that handwriting is a taught skill that develops at different rates for different children. All of the teachers in the school put a priority on teaching handwriting and have high expectations for handwriting across the curriculum.
Our school uses Penpals for Handwriting to ensure that the importance of handwriting is recognised and given appropriate time and to ensure that the progression of handwriting is consistent across the school. We offer clear progression through five developmental stages: physical preparation for handwriting; securing correct letter formation; beginning to join along, securing the joins and practicing speed, fluency and developing a personal style. Our handwriting teaching focuses on whole-class teaching using digital resources to enable modelling and interactive learning, along with plenty of time to practise independently.