How we teach handwriting at Prestwood Infant School
At Prestwood Infant School, our aim is that pupils will be supported to develop a handwriting style which is clear, joined and fluid. We aim for each child to acquire a consistent and fluent style.
Although there are many opportunities to practice handwriting across the curriculum, we will also provide regular lessons for teaching and revising these skills. The frequency and length of these lessons will vary according to the age and competence of the children.
Formal handwriting skills will be taught regularly and systematically through the use of the PENPALS Handwriting scheme (Cambridge University Press).
Three stages are identified and these form the basic organisation of the scheme:
Opportunities for linking handwriting with early phonics and spelling work are fully exploited through the PENPALS scheme.
It is important that children hold their pencil correctly and ensure their posture is correct.
Progression from Reception - Year Two
Please download our information booklet to see how handwriting progresses across the school.
How can you help your child?
ü making lists and labels
ü keeping a family diary
ü leaving notes for each other in busy households
ü keeping in touch with distant friends and relatives
ü designing and making home-made notepads and greetings cards.