Booker Hill Primary and Nursery School

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Handwriting

How do we teach handwriting?

Why do we need to focus on handwriting as part of the writing curriculum?

 

Research has shown that:

  • pupils who do not learn to read and write fluently and confidently are, in every sense, disadvantaged.
  • pupils should develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and              punctuation.
  • writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting.

 

Our Aims

  • To enable children to write in a consistent, well presented and legible format.
  • To have a consistent approach across Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and 2 when teaching handwriting.
  • To ensure that from the Summer Term of Year 1 children are using cursive writing.
  • To make sure all children know the difference between lower and upper case letters.
  • To ensure the skills taught at Key Stage 1 continue to develop at Key Stage 2.
  • To adopt a consistent approach towards handwriting by all adults when writing in children’s books, on the whiteboard or on displays / resources.

English National Curriculum expectations

  • Children should write in a cursive style at a speed that matches their thinking by Y3 /4
  • This allows for practice in KS1 and then fluency in KS2.

Why cursive?

  • One movement - children’s hands develop a ‘physical memory’
  • Letters and words flow from left to right so less likely to reverse letters
  • Clearer capital and lower case letters
  • Flow of writing improves speed and spelling
  • Much more helpful to learn a single system right from the start
  • It is progressive
  • It prevents pupils having to ‘unlearn’ what they have already been taught

 

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