We have tailored our approach to handwriting to suit our children. Established, legible handwriting has been shown to increase spead and fluidity of writing and support muscle memory for spelling patterns.
EYFS develop children's fine motor skills using our 'Funky Fingers' activities in preparation for handwriting. We model outstrokes and take time to embed correct letter formation.
Year 1 model outstrokes and focus on orientation of letters, including ascenders and descenders. We teach initial joins for digraphs (sounds represented by two letters). If appropriate, they begin the PenPals scheme later in the year.
From Year 2 upwards, we teach handwriting using the progressive PenPals programme and resources. We encourage fully joined handwriting from the end of Year 2.