In EYFS and Year 1, we teach hand writing alongside Twinkl phonics. To begin with, children learn to form each letter as the phoneme is taught. Mnemonics are used to help the children remember how to form the letters correctly. For example:
Throughout Year 2, pupils revise and practice correct letter formation frequently. They are taught to begin to write with a joined style as soon as they can form letters securely with the correct orientation.
In Key Stage 2 children continue to be encouraged to use joined handwriting throughout their independent writing. Handwriting is still taught focusing on joins and consistent letter size. Our aim is to increase fluency with which pupils are able to write down what they want to say.
As children progress, they continue to practise handwriting and are encouraged to increase speed so that problems with forming letters do not get in the way of their writing efficiently.