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Our Vision for Handwriting

At Eye CE Primary School, we believe that all children, by the end of KS2, should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually speedy joined-up handwriting. We aim to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking. We believe that handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum therefore we provide children with purposeful and plentiful opportunities to practise their handwriting regularly.


The National Curriculum 2014 places a clear emphasis on handwriting and outlines its importance in the development of children’s compositional skills.


Pupils who do not learn to read and write fluently and confidently are, in every sense, disenfranchised (‘Purpose of Study’ p13).


Pupils should develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. (6.3 Language and literacy - Reading and Writing).


Writing also depends on fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy handwriting. (Programmes of study and attainment targets - Aims of English p15).


As a school, we believe that handwriting is a skill that, like reading and spelling, affects written communication across the curriculum. Handwriting should be an automatic process which frees pupils to focus on the content of the writing.


Please find our school's handwriting progression document below.