Implementation: Our Pedagogy in Handwriting
At South View Primary School, a high standard of presentation is modelled, encouraged and expected. We want all children to take pride in the presentation of their work. Handwriting skills are taught regularly and systematically using the Letter-join programme as the basis of our handwriting policy that covers all the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.
The teaching of handwriting aims to ensure that children:
- Achieve a neat, legible style with correctly formed, joined letters.
- Develop flow and speed.
- Understand the need to develop a good handwriting style.
- Produce the letters automatically in their independent writing.
Children at Key Stage 2 are aware that they need to balance speed and neatness to achieve a writing style appropriate to a task. In school, teachers and teaching assistants model the joined cursive style at all times: when writing on the board, marking books or on displays. Children are taught how to sit correctly at a table when writing and how to hold a pencil correctly.