Writing & Handwriting


At Crowan Primary School we believe that language underpins the whole school curriculum. Effective writing comes from access to a wide and enriched language curriculum encompassing reading, writing and speaking and listening.

Our Aims:

  • Nurture the children’s sense of themselves as writers
  • Create an ethos of achievement in writing
  • Encourage children to become enthusiastic, confident and reflective writers
  • Enable children to independently produce high quality writing across all curriculum areas

Our Objectives: 

  • To create a rich and stimulating environment to encourage and support independent writing.
  • To provide positive responses and effective support for children when writing.
  • To give opportunities for children to reflect on their own writing and the writing of others including popular authors and writing from a range of cultures.
  • To increase children’s ability to communicate effectively as writers.
  • To enable children to express themselves in a variety of styles for a range of purposes and audiences.
  • To develop children’s ability to plan, draft, organise and structure their own writing in a variety of ways.
  • To provide opportunities for children to use and adapt their choice of vocabulary, grammar and style to suit the intended purpose and audience.
  • To increase children’s knowledge of the conventions of written language and control of physical processes of writing.
  • To use information technology to extend awareness of the printed word; including use of a word-processor to produce copies of work drafted on the computer.

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 communication
  • 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

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