Handwriting

In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Shoreditch Park children will develop their gross and fine motors skills which will set them up in good stead to aquire a legible and fluent handwriting style later on.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Shoreditch Park children will develop their gross and fine motors skills which will set them up in good stead to aquire a legible and fluent handwriting style later on. Parents and carers are invited to join their children every Thursday morning from 9 - 9.20 as they develop these skills throughout the year.

Try some of these fun activities to develop fine motor skills at home.

Throughout the Reception year children will learn accurate formation of letters through the Read Write Inc. Phonics programme. Phonics cards to support letter formation at home can be purchased from the school office.

Download the handwriting phrases prompt sheet (for children in Foundation Stage and Year 1) to help your child learn accurate letter formation.


Formal handwriting skills will be taught regularly and systematically through the use of the PENPALS Handwriting scheme (Cambridge University Press). Five stages are identified and these form the basic organisation of the scheme:

1. Readiness for writing: gross and fine motor skills leading to letter formation (Foundation Stage- Nursery and Reception)

2. Beginning to join (Lower KS1- Yr1 and 2)

3. Securing joins (Upper KS1/Lower KS2- Y2 and Y3)

4. Practising speed and fluency (Lower KS2- Y3 and Y4)

5. Presentation skills (Upper KS2- Y5 and Y6)

Watch an introduction to the Penpals handwriting scheme of teaching here:

 

Key Stage 1

Children will continue to develop fine and gross motor-skills with a range of multi-sensory activities. Teachers and support staff continue to guide children on correct letter formation using a comfortable tripod pencil grip that allows for efficient control. Through the PENPALS scheme children will begin to learn how to join letters in Year 1 and continue to practice this skill in Year 2.

Key Stage 2

Children will continue to have regular practice of handwriting, securing the joins and developing speed and fluency. By the end of Year 6 pupils should have a clear, fluid handwriting style.

Download the sample letter formation sheets here. These sheets show how to form the letters with accuracy before teaching the joins.

Download the sample letter formation sheets here. This sheet shows how and where the letters join.


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