Liden Primary School

Liden Primary School


Expectations for Writing

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

What is handwriting?

For some it is purely an art form, and the neatness and accuracy of the presentation is the main focus. For others, it needs to be a functional tool which allows them to put ideas on to paper, effortlessly and fast. Here, the look of the script is less important than the fluency of the script.

Our handwriting is very personal, a part of our self-image and an expression of our personality, just as the way we dress and present ourselves is. We all have a view on how our handwriting appears to others and would sometimes like that image to be different!

Handwriting is a very complex skill to master, one which involves linguistic, cognitive, perceptual and motor components, all of which have to be coordinated into an integrated fashion.

‘To write is to be human.’

Why is Handwriting Important?

Jotting down a shopping list, writing a birthday card, taking down a phone message, completing a form at the bank ….handwriting is part of our daily lives. It is on show to others and may be used to make judgments about us.

Handwriting at Liden

In the Early Years Foundation Stage at Liden children will develop their gross and fine motors skills which will set them up in good stead to acquire a legible and fluent handwriting style later on.

Throughout the Reception year children will learn accurate formation of letters.

Formal handwriting skills will be taught regularly and systematically through the use of the PENPALS Handwriting scheme (Cambridge University Press). Five stages are identified and these form the basic organisation of the scheme:

  1. Readiness for writing: gross and fine motor skills leading to letter formation (Foundation       Stage - Nursery and Reception)
  2. Beginning to join (Lower KS1- Yr1 and 2)
  3. Securing joins (Upper KS1/Lower KS2- Y2 and Y3)
  4. Practicing speed and fluency (Lower KS2- Y3 and Y4)
  5. Presentation skills (Upper KS2- Y5 and Y6)

Key Stage 1

Children will continue to develop fine and gross motor-skills with a range of multi-sensory activities. Teachers and support staff continue to guide children on correct letter formation using a comfortable tripod pencil grip that allows for efficient control. Through the PENPALS scheme children will begin to learn how to join letters in Year 1 and continue to practice this skill in
Year 2.

Key Stage 2

Children will continue to have regular practice of handwriting, securing the joins and developing speed and fluency. By the end of Year 6 pupils should have a clear, fluid handwriting style.

a-z penpals font starting points

a-z penpals font EYFS and KS1

a-z penpals joined writing