Handwriting is taught daily in EYFS and KS1, interlinked with the Read Write Inc programme and at least once a week in Key Stage 2 (more in Year 3 dependent on the individual cohort’s needs). Skills for handwriting are taught at an early age and gross and fine motor skills are developed in EYFS through art and other activities. By Year 6, children should write legibly, joined and at speed.
It is important that our children learn to write the letters as they learn the sounds. Read Write Inc suggest mnemonics (short rhymes) to help children form letters correctly when they are early readers, which gives them the foundations to develop a joined style when they move into Key Stage 2.
You can find the mnemonics below. Click on the image to enlarge.
Beyond the Read Write Inc programme, we use the Nelson Handwriting vehicle to drive our handwriting teaching.