At St Peter and St Paul, our progression towards accurate, well formed handwriting starts at the very beginning of the children's school journey. We place great emphasis on the development of both gross and fine motor skills, before supporting the children to develop their letter formation.
In Reception, the children have continuous and ever changing activities, both inside and outside the classroom, that develop their motor skills. The children enjoy manipulating different materials and loose parts, mark making and writing in different materials such as rice and sand, crafting and constructing.
The children also have daily dough disco sessions, in which they enjoy dancing along to the music whilst their finger muscles work hard to manipulate the dough in lots of different ways.
In Key Stage One, handwriting is taught in discrete sessions each morning and modelled by teaches across all curriculum teaching. Handwriting is taught in letter families in order to help the children recognise the patterns in the way letters are formed and children are also taught to form letters proportionally, recognising ascenders and descenders, as well as the proportional size of uppercase letters.