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St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

A place of educational excellence with Christ at the centre


The teaching of handwriting aims to ensure that children:

· Achieve a neat, legible style with correctly formed letters in cursive handwriting.

· Develop flow and speed.

· Understand the need to develop a good handwriting style.

 · Eventually 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 order to achieve these aims, the following principles are followed:

Teaching and Learning:

 · Handwriting is taught as a discrete lesson in classes, groups or individually as appropriate.

· Patterns are used initially, by writing with a variety of tools and using multisensory methods, to help free flowing hand motions.

· Correct pencil hold and letter formation are taught in Reception and KS1 and in KS2 handwriting is frequently linked with spelling.

· Display writing throughout the school includes cursive writing and computer generated writing.