Handwriting at Park

At Park, we use the PenPals handwriting scheme of work to support the teaching and learning of handwriting. Teachers model and teach handwriting regularly as a part of English lessons as well as across the full curriculum where pupils are writing. Pupils who are consistently using the cursive script appropriately are awarded with a handwriting pen licence.

Progression in handwriting:

Early Years

  • Use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are formed correctly.

Year 1

  • 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 0- 9 digits.
  • Understand which letters belong to which handwriting families (letters that are formed in the similar ways- see appendix) and to practise these.

Year 2

  • Form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another.
  • Begin to use diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters (continued in Yr3/ 4). See appendix for joining sets.
  • Understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left unjoined (continued in Yr3/ 4). See appendix for break letters.
  • 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.

Years 3 & 4

  • Increase legibility, consistency and quality of their handwriting:
    • Downstrokes of letters are parallel and equidistant.
    • Lines of writing are spaced sufficiently so that the ascenders and descenders do not touch.

Years 5 & 6

  • Write legibly and fluently with increasing speed.
  • Begin to develop their own personal style.

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