Handwriting @ Hall Green Infant and Nursery School
Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. Benefits for adopting a cursive writing go far beyond legibility, and in our approach, we consider its benefit as an “important tool for cognitive development” (W. Klemm, The effects of handwriting experience on functional brain development in pre-literate children, 2012). Research has highlighted a direct link between teaching and practising of cursive handwriting (versus print or tracing) and reading as during the neurological process of handwriting, an area in the brain responsible for reading skills is activated. Handwriting therefore may facilitate reading acquisition in our young learners.
We aim for our pupils to begin developing a neat, legible and speedy handwriting style by using continuous cursive (joined-up) letters which leads to producing letters and words automatically, in independent writing.
We aim to begin to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking.
We aim for our pupils to develop a cursive handwriting style with a sense of achievement and pride.
At Hall Green Infant and Nursery School we are proud of our pupils’ handwriting and take particular care in the teaching of our cursive/joined-up handwriting style.
We use ‘Letter-join’ software as the basis of our handwriting policy and delivery, ensuring a seamless transition and progression between EYFS and Key Stage One. By the end of Year 2, pupils will begin to understand the importance of neat, legible presentation of their work, and the need for different letter forms (cursive, printed or capital letters) to help communicate meaning clearly. As a catalyst to speedy handwriting, we also encourage parents and caregivers to encourage the use of ‘Letter-join’ resources at home and offer free access to the Home Edition of ‘Letter-join’ to all our children.
Formal teaching of handwriting is carried out regularly and systematically, and is included in the formal timetable for each year group.
We use the National Curriculum - English and the Early Years Statutory Framework requirements for Handwriting as our guide for planning of engaging lessons and activities and for teacher assessment activities.
Children whose handwriting is limited by problems with fine motor skills, including left-handed children, and children with special educational needs, are given additional, targeted help to achieve their optimum handwriting level.