At Wheatley, the importance of children being able to write legibly, fluently and at a reasonable speed is recognised. 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.
Teachers make sure that children are concentrating on ‘the 3 ‘Ps’ during handwriting sessions.
Our systematic approach ensures development in the skill of handwriting throughout each year group. Children take pride in their written work and achieve proficiency. Outcomes in children’s wider curriculum work, as well as in their literacy books and school displays, evidences the progress children make in this area.
Throughout the writing process, children are encouraged to assess their handwriting. The expectation for a high standard of handwriting is communicated prior to writing tasks. When explicitly indicated in the children’s success criteria, this is an aspect of the outcome which is reviewed and assessed by each child on completion of the task. Neat presentation is always recognised and praised by the class teacher and children are encouraged to review their handwriting as part of the writing process.
In Early Years, Key Stages 1 and 2, children write using a pencil. Children progress to using a handwriting pen over the course of their final academic year at Wheatley, preparing them for the transition to secondary school. The rate of transition from pencil to pen will be determined by the class teacher, on an individual-basis and in consultation with each pupil.