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Handwriting

We use a fully cursive handwriting style where every lower case letter starts on the line with a lead in stroke and leads out with an exit stroke. Our aim is that every child will be able to write clearly, fluently and quickly so that they can cope with the demands of everyday life.

We have layered targets throughout the school that all the children will be working through, regardless of age or class.

 

There has been much research into the relationship between handwriting, spelling and text production. Writing requires so many activities to take place within the brain including the generation of ideas, word choice, sequencing ideas, monitoring accuracy and communicating ideas clearly. If handwriting is fluent and automatic, it allows children to concentrate on the other aspects of writing, in turn producing a higher quality piece of work. It also enables them to write faster.

 

Our whole school handwriting target is to improve the standard of pupils’ handwriting and presentation across the school.

 

Progression

Steps

Success Criteria

1

  • Can use a pencil and hold it effectively
  • Can write their own name with appropriate upper and lower case letters.
  • Can form most letters correctly.

2

  • Can usually give letters a clear shape and orientation.

3

  • Can control the use of ascenders / descenders, upper/lower case letters in handwriting although size and shape may not always be consistent.

4

  • Can use accurate and consistent handwriting.
  • Can show evidence of joining up.

5

  • Can use a cursive script accurately and neatly (although it may be slow)

6

  • Can write fluently in a clear, joined script

7

  • Can adapt handwriting for a range of tasks and purposes and to create different effects.
Unfortunately, we cannot demonstrate the fully cursive writing style as it needs a particular computer programme to be able to view it electronically. However, if a parent wishes to receive a copy of the expectations of handwriting for their child's year group, please see your class teacher who will be happy to give you the information and examples of the writing style expected.
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