Handwriting Overview

At Crowan Primary School, we believe that when communicating ideas in writing it is important that children use a handwriting style which is neat and legible.

The importance of handwriting should not be under-estimated. It is vital that children can write quickly, comfortably and legibly as it is a skill needed in many curriculum areas. Children`s self-esteem is also heightened when they are able to take pride in their handwriting. At Crowan School, we use the 'Letter-Join' programme to teach handwriting from Reception to Year 6. 

Aims and objectives:


  • To provide equal opportunities for all pupils to achieve success in handwriting
  • To enable pupils to produce clear, concise, legible handwriting
  • To enable pupils to present neat work to a variety of audiences
  • To enable pupils to develop accuracy and fluency in their handwriting
  • To encourage the children to recognise that handwriting is an important form of


  • To promote confidence and self- esteem in written communication
  • To encourage children to take pride in their work
  • To display neatly presented work around the school as a model of excellence

            for others to aspire to

  • To encourage children to recognise handwriting as a life-long skill


Early Years/Key Stage 1 provision:

In Early Years, children participate in a wide range of multi-sensory activities in order to develop fine and gross motor skills.

In Early Years/Key Stage 1, children should be taught to:


  • Hold a pencil correctly and adopt the correct posture when writing
  • Write from left to right and from top to bottom of the page
  • Start and finish letters correctly, using a letter patter
  • Form regular sized and shaped letters
  • Use regular spacing between letters and words
  • Be aware of the need for clear and neat presentation
  • Take a pride in their written work


Key Stage 2 provision:


At Key Stage 2 children should:


  • Be given opportunities to continue to develop legible handwriting in both

            printed and cursive styles

  • Be encouraged to develop greater control and fluency
  • Be taught to use different forms of handwriting for different purposes e.g      

           print for labelling maps or diagrams

  • Be encouraged to take pride in their written work and select appropriate

           styles of presentation