At Homerswood Primary and Nursery School, we recognise the importance of children being able to write legibly, fluently and at a reasonable speed. With these skills, children have a much greater chance of being able to reach and demonstrate their true potential throughout their school careers and in their lives beyond school.
Children in EYFS learn phrases that help them remember the correct formation of letters linked to our chosen SSP scheme - Little Wandle. To ensure a consistent approach, the school follows the Penpals handwriting scheme from year 1 onwards - a whole-school programme designed to help all children develop a confident, legible and personal handwriting style and meet higher curriculum expectations. The use of patterns to support letter formation and appropriate letter-joins is also embedded, enabling children to further develop their fine motor skills. High expectations are also communicated as part the success criteria for the lesson. A high standard of presentation is also encouraged and expected in children’s written work across the wider curriculum.