At Kinderley we believe that clear handwriting is as important as the spoken language. A flexible, fluent and legible handwriting style empowers children to write with confidence and creativity. It helps with spelling, aids fluency in their writing, and creates a good first impression.
Handwriting is a developmental process, that begins before school with a basic pencil grip, marking and making shapes. Children are then taught, through a series of developmental steps, to link letters thus forming words and sentences.
At Kinderley, we follow the ‘Penpal’ Handwriting scheme, which offers a practical approach in the development of handwriting. Using continuous provision, each stage builds upon the previous one, reinforcing and evolving the child’s handwriting style.
The basic stages of development are:
Develop both gross and fine motor skills through making patterns. This leads into forming letters accurately, starting from the correct point.
Children learn to correctly form their letters, when this is achieved, they begin to join some letters. dddddddd
Children consolidate their letter formation, moving on to learning the basic joins.
Year 3 and Year 4
During Years 3 and 4, children are introduced to the idea of joining most of the letters in a word and to trickier joins such as joining from ‘r’, ‘s’ and ‘f’.
Writing with fluency focussing on issues of proportion, size, legibility and different styles for different purposes.
Children will develop a personal, fast, fluent and legible handwriting style of their own, consolidating and building upon the previous stages of learning.
For a more detailed view of handwriting progression, please see the attached document CLICK HERE