We think that teaching children to develop a consistent, efficient and attractive handwriting style is extremely important. Our aim is to ensure that no child fails as a writer because they never got to grips (excuse the pun!) with handwriting. We believe that the most important work is done in earlier years. We aim to “get handwriting” right by the age of 8. Why? We believe that it is important for a child to develop the correct habits from the very start. It’s much harder (nothing is ever impossible!) to change a child’s pencil grip, letter formation or handwriting style when they have already learnt to do something (incorrectly!) and are asked to make changes.
Key Stage 1: The focus is on developing an efficient pencil grip and the correct posture.
Year 3: The children concentrate on honing an efficient grip and posture.
After that it’s a case of promoting a master-class culture.
A strong emphasis is put upon developing children’s physical skills in the early years. As a result the handwriting right at the start of Year 1 is extremely good, as these examples of Year 1 writing in the Autumn Term reveal.