Writing - Handwriting

Handwriting is a vital part to any writing-based lesson. If children do not like their handwriting, or cannot produce quality work quickly it will affect their work and their learning. So, it is vital handwriting is taught consistently across the school. As a school we have chosen to work within a ‘joined up’ form consistently throughout the school. This is because it makes writing more fluent supporting meaning handwriting will become easier and of a higher quality. This is especially true for children with fine motor skills (Developing Handwriting/ NHS Huddersfield).

The letters should be formed as follows:

Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

Early Years

Children take part in activities to develop their fine and gross motor-skills and recognition of patterns, for example, to form letters using their index finger in sand or using paint. Children should begin to learn how to correctly hold a pencil. Then how to use a pencil, and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters most of which are correctly formed. They should be given the opportunities to develop their handwriting to their full potential at that age. From 22/23 the children will be learning to print as this suggested in the Reading Framework.

Key Stage 1

Children will continue to develop fine and gross motor-skills with a range of multi- sensory activities. Handwriting should be discussed within and linked to phonics sessions. Teachers and support staff continue to guide children on how to write letters correctly, using a comfortable and efficient pencil grip. Children should now be leaving spaces between words accurately and not joining capital letters. By the end of Key Stage 1 children will be able to write legibly, using upper and lower-case letters appropriately and correct spacing between words and, for the majority, joined up. High quality handwriting will be modelled during handwriting lessons, literacy lessons and marking from the teachers should be consistently seen.

Key Stage 2

During this stage the children continue to have direct discrete teaching and regular practice of handwriting. Pupils should be practising their handwriting for a minimum of 30 minutes within the week, however this could be broken into 10-minute chunks. We aim for them to develop a clear, fluent style and by the end of Year 6 be able to adapt their handwriting for the for different purposes, such as: a neat, legible hand for finished, presented work, a faster script for note making and the ability to print for labelling diagrams etc.. If pupils have not made sufficient progress with their handwriting teachers should put those children to have additional lessons with an adult. If teachers feel pupils need further support they should start the child on the ‘Speed Up!’ intervention with a teaching assistant (8 week program), or Print like a Pro.