At Martinshaw we aim for children to achieve a neat, legible joined handwriting style with correctly formed letters. By Year 6, pupils should use different styles of handwriting for different purposes with a range of media, developing a consistent and personal legible style.
In the Foundation Stage children take part in activities to develop gross and fine motor skills and recognition of patterns. Individual letter formation is taught using the RWI phrases. This is modelled and practised regularly.
In accordance with the Curriculum the children are taught how to form capital letters and also cursive lower-case letters and how to join them, whilst still developing fine and gross motor skills with a range of multi-sensory activities. Handwriting is taught discretely and incorporate in phonics sessions with regular follow up practise activities.
During this stage the children continue to have direct teaching and regular practice of handwriting. We aim for them to develop a clear and fluent style and by the end of Key Stage 2, be able to adapt their handwriting for the following different purposes: