At Westward we believe that neat, well formed handwriting and presentation of written work helps raise standards as pupils take pride and have a sense of ownership of their work. As a school we have adopted the Kingston cursive method of handwriting.
- To raise standards in writing across the school.
- To have a consistent approach across both the Early Years/Lower (KS1) and Upper School (KS2) when teaching handwriting and presentation throughout the school.
- To adopt a common approach towards handwriting by all adults when writing in children’s books and on the whiteboard.
Guidance for the Early Years/Lower School (KS1)
- How to hold a pencil
- To write from left to right
- To start and finish letters correctly
- To form letters of regular size and shape
- To put regular spaces between words and letters
- How to form lower and upper case letters
- How to join letters
- Importance of clear and neat presentation
Guidance for the Upper School
The target for the Upper School (KS2) is to produce fluent, consistently formed style of fully cursive handwriting with equal spacing between words and letters.
- The full date including the day for all years should be written on the top line against the margin.
- In maths the shortened form can be used 8/1/18.
- The next line should be missed and the title should be on the next line and underlined with a ruler.
- Mistakes should be crossed out using a ruled pencil line.
- Felt tip/gel/biros should not be used in exercise books by the children.
Strategies for Teaching
A time-tabled weekly lesson will be taught in all years except Years 5 and 6.
In the Early Years a greater time allocation may be needed to ensure correct letter recognition and formation.
- Each class has a copy of the TRTS scheme (3 books) comprising of description and application, copybooks and worksheets.
- In Reception, Year 1, 2 and 3 pencil will be used.
- In Year 4, 5 and 6 ink pen.
- In Year 4 the use of ink will be introduced at the beginning of the Spring Term. Initially ink will be used only for classwork and introduced to homework once the teacher has assessed that the individual child is ready.
- A Parker Vector Ink pen and blue ink is recommended.
Considerations for the teaching of handwriting
- Ensuring a good seating position, chair tucked in, correct posture and page turned at appropriate diagonal.
- Seating left handed pupils to the left of right handers.
- Ensuring the correct grip of pen/pencil.
- Teachers as a role model using the appropriate script on whiteboards, labels and marking etc.
- It is important that, at home parents also watch for correct letter formation.
Assessment and Monitoring
This will be undertaken by the class teacher
- Ticks and written comments are clear with errors indicated.
- Display of children’s work with good handwriting and presentation so as to give pupils a pride in their achievements.
- Some marking will be immediate depending on the age and ability of the children.
- Use of handwriting stickers.
Pupils with Learning Difficulties and/or Disabilities
These pupils will be supported in their handwriting and presentation through individual support plans, monitored by the SENCO and class teacher. Thicker triangular pencils, pencil grips, friction pens, sloped boards, coloured paper and wider lines will be used by children experiencing problems with writing, alongside other activities to develop their fine motor skills.
Handwriting across the Curriculum
It is important to ensure that appropriate attention to handwriting and presentation takes place across the curriculum. It is important that pupils, particularly in the Upper School (KS2) experience a wide range of fonts other than cursive.