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Handwriting at Whitefield

 

At Whitefield School our core value is to promote and in still a high standard of handwriting that is consistent throughout the curriculum. We recognise the importance of children being able to write in a style that is legible, fluent and correctly formed. With these skills, children have a much greater chance of being able to reach and demonstrate their true potential throughout their school journey and beyond.

 

Handwriting is taught little and often through daily, discreet handwriting sessions, phonics, guided writing and in all modelled writing across the curriculum. Handwriting is taught using the schools ‘Progression in Handwriting from EYFS to Year 2’ document that teaches the following:

 

  • Pre-handwriting patterns in EYFS
  • Printed handwriting in EYFS
  • Continuous cursive letters in KS1
  • Continuous cursive joined letters in Year 2
  • Capital letters in EYFS and KS1

 

Supporting Handwriting at Home

Here are our expectations of handwriting for each year group.

 

End of Year Expectations

Year Group

Expectation

Nursery

I can form sequences of movements and pre-handwriting patterns, to prepare me for handwriting.

Reception

I can form most letters correctly using printed handwriting.

I can form most capital letters correctly.

I can hold a pencil with an effective grip.

Year 1

I can form most continuous cursive lower case letters correctly.

I have clear ascenders and descenders.

I can form capital letters correctly.

I can hold a pencil with an effective grip.

Year 2

I can form continuous cursive lower case letters correctly, of the correct size relative to one another.

I have clear ascenders and descenders.

I can form capital letters correctly, of the correct size relative to one another and to lower case letters.

By the end of Year 2, I can start using some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters.

Progression of handwriting throughout the school.

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