We believe that all children should foster a sense of pride in their work and therefore take great care and consideration over their handwriting and presentation. Our aim is to enable children to achieve a neat, legible style with correctly formed letters in cursive handwriting and to develop flow and speed o that eventually they are able to produce the letters and joins automatically in independent writing.
Handwriting is taught throughout our school with clear progression appropriate to the age and stage of the child. We follow the progression, resources and teaching guidance as set out in the scheme of work produced by Nelson Handwriting, Oxford University Press. This encompasses the requirements for handwriting as set out in the National Curriculum 2014. Children in our Early Years Foundation Stage begin by strengthening the muscles in their hands and fingers and developing their fine motor skills through active learning and group games. From Year 2, children should start using some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left un-joined.
For an overview of our learning in handwriting this term, please visit our individual class pages.
How you can help at home
- Encourage your child to choose their dominant hand to eat and write with
- Encourage them to sit at a table when writing to ensure good posture
- Provide opportunities for your child to write for different purposes e.g. a shopping list or letter to a friend or famous hero. Help them to think about writing with care so their writing can be read and appreciated.