Handwriting is an important part of the English curriculum and a skill which supports all areas of the National Curriculum. The emphasis on handwriting has increased significantly and we would like to share with you the expectations for children in Key Stage 1 and 2. We firmly believe in working in partnership with our parents/carers and value the support that home can offer.
Expectations for the end of Key Stage 1:
* form lower case letters that are all the same size
* use diagonal and horizontal strokes to join letters
* know which letter are break letters
* write capital letters, lower case letters and numbers the right way, the correct size relative to each other
* use spacing between words which fit with the size of the letters
Expectations for the end of Key stage 2:
*shape their letters correctly
*produce legible joined writing
* maintaining legibility, fluency and speed in handwriting through choosing whether or not to join specific letters.
When children incorrectly form letters, this leads to them experiencing difficulties in joining up their handwriting. This prevents them from making good progress towards achieving the end of Key Stage handwriting objectives. If the handwriting expectations are not achieved, this will prevent your child achieving the expected standard for their year group.
We are working hard in school to support your child in moving forward in this area and very much value the support you can provide your child at home. On the school website under ‘Our Learning’ and ‘Handwriting’ you will find the sayings that Key Stage 1 use to help children to remember correct letter formation and the joining letter sets from Year 1 through to Year 6 from our Penpals handwriting scheme. You will also find a School Run YouTube video which demonstrates how the children are expected to shape and join their letters. We hope these resources will be helpful to you in supporting your child at home with their handwriting.
Visit the SchoolRun Handwriting Hub for more advice and information as well as worksheets and practical activities.