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Handwriting at Our Lady's

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At Our Lady's we teach a cursive style handwriting using the Letter Join scheme. 

In Early Years and Key Stage 1, we adopt a pre-cursive style that prepares children to join in a fluent, cursive style at the end of Key Stage 1 and the beginning of Key Stage 2. 

Progression in Handwriting

Handwriting Frequency

Handwriting Workshop Information (Summer 2018)

 

In Early Year and Foundation Stage, it is crucial to develop the gross and fine motor skills. Squiggle Whilst You Wiggle and Dough Disco are great exercises to help with this. Also see our Handwriting Workshop Information for other ideas.

Progression in Handwriting

Year Group Non-Negotiables Curriculum
Nursery

Hold a pencil correctly.
Write their name forming some recognisable letters and begin to use correct letter formation.
Ascribe meanings to marks they make.

Development Matters (30-50 months)

Distinguishes between the different marks they make.

Reception

Write simple sentences which can be read by themselves & others. 
Use correct pencil grip.
Write name (correct upper & lower case).
Use correct letter formation for familiar words.

Development Matters (40-60 months)
Ascribes meanings to marks that they see in different places.
Gives meaning to marks they make as they draw, write and paint.
Writes own name and other things such as labels, captions.
Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.

Year 1

Use correct formation of lower case – finishing in right place.
Use correct formation of capital letters.
Use correct formation of digits.

Handwriting

Pupils should be taught to:
sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly
begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
form capital letters
form digits 0-9
understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these.

Year 2

Write lower case letters correct size relative to one another.
Show evidence of diagonal and horizontal strokes to join handwriting.

Handwriting

Pupils should be taught to:
form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another
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 unjoined
write capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower case letters
use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.

Year 3

and

Year 4

Write with increasing legibility, consistency and fluency.

Handwriting

Pupils should be taught to:
use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined
increase the legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting [for example, by ensuring that the downstrokes of letters are parallel and equidistant; that lines of writing are spaced sufficiently so that the ascenders and descenders of letters do not touch].

Year 5

and

Year 6

Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed. 

Handwriting and Presentation

Pupils should be taught to:
write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed by:
choosing which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding whether or not to join specific letters
choosing the writing implement that is best suited for a task.

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