Academic focus on handwriting

springmead school

At Springmead we recognise that handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. Despite the increased use of computers for writing, the skill of handwriting remains important in education, employment and in everyday life. As a school, we recognise that children’s ability to write well depends on the firm foundations of taught skills in the primary years.

Handwriting is taught as a discrete subject regularly throughout the week starting in Reception. At the end of Key Stage 2 all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting.

Children should be able to adapt their handwriting so that they have:

– A neat legible hand for finished, presented work.

– Faster script for notes.

We are continually working towards mature handwriting which is:

• Legible

• Comfortable

• Fluent

• Fast

• Automatic

• Sustainable

In this way handwriting becomes an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking.

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