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Little Hill Primary School

Little Hill Primary School

Little Hill Primary School

Handwriting

 Although children in schools everywhere now spend a lot of time learning how to use computers and electronic gadgets, after speech, handwriting is still the most accessible, versatile and creative way of getting and keeping in touch.  It holds its place as a basic skill in the primary school curriculum, allowing children to express themselves and enriching all areas of learning.  It becomes a life-long source of pleasure to all who master it, and gives delight to all who receive or read it.

At Little Hill, we follow the Pen Pals hand writing scheme to teach handwriting. Just as in other subjects, the teaching of handwriting is differentiated and interventions are provided to meet the needs of the learner. The Pen Pals scheme follows five developmental stages:

1.Readiness for handwriting; gross and fine motor skills leading to letter formation (Foundation / 3–5 years)
2.Beginning to join (Key Stage 1 / 5–7 years)
3.Securing the joins (Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 / 5–9 years)
4.Practising speed and fluency (lower Key Stage 2 / 7–9 years)
5.Presentation skills (upper Key Stage 2 / 10–11 years)
 
For more information on how to help your child at home please see the attached letter below.