Handwriting is an essential component in writing fluency. If handwriting fluency is achieved, other components of writing can be prioritised and greater progress is attainable. Because of this, whole class handwriting is taught in all year groups at the start of English lessons. Handwriting is explicitly modelled using ‘Letter-Join’ as a tool to assist this. Each teacher and year group adapts this teaching depending on the needs of their class and specific weaknesses that are found. Once children are proficient with their handwriting, a pen license is achieved.
For those that need additional support with handwriting, adaptations are made based on the needs of different children. For example, if fine and gross motor skills are inhibiting pencil grip or writing stamina, measures are used to ensure this improves. Activities include ‘Dough Disco’, and the Active Hands intervention for fine motor skills.