At Woodloes Primary School we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our cursive handwriting style. We use Letter-join’s on-line handwriting resource as the basis of our handwriting policy as it covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum.
Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. By the end of Key Stage 2 all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting, and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes.
To ensure that pupils are consistently using the correct letter formation, we are going to continue to implement our letterjoin handwriting scheme, but adapt this to ensure children are receiving explicit handwriting teaching in class, and are forming basic letters correctly before moving onto pre/cursive handwriting.
The Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) will be taught using a non -cursive approach, during sessions over the school week, led by their class teachers. Although some pupils may have started to learn pre -cursive writing, it is essential that all letters are formed correctly first, in order to produce legible and fluent pieces of writing. Focusing on using a cursive style handwriting can often detract away from the skill of the lesson and reduce stamina in writing.
All pupils in KS2 will be explicitly taught handwriting as part of their timetable 4 times a week. All KS2 pupils will revisit basic letter formation, letter families, high frequency words, joining practice, sequencing sentences and dictation exercises.
Please support your child in adhering to our adaption of handwriting across the school.
You can log in to Letter - Join on your tablet/phone/computer at home using these details.
To log in to Letter-join on iPads and tablets at school and at home, please select the Tablet Login button at the top of the Letter-join home page http://www.letterjoin.co.uk and use the following log in details: