Handwriting at Vigo Primary School
At Vigo we encourage all pupils to take pride in their work and present this neatly to a standard appropriate for their age and stage fo learning. Our school policy is that pupils should learn the lead-ins and slip-aways needed to develop a continuous cursive handwriting style from Year R, with the expectation that most pupils will be using joined handwriting by the end of Year 2.
Expectations by Year, based on the Hampshire English Writing Assessment Model
Year R expectations
- Shows a preference for a dominant hand
- Begins to use anticlockwise movement and retrace vertical lines
- Begins to form recognisable letters
- Uses a pencil and holds it effectively to form recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
Year 1 Expectations
- Pupils can write lower case letters, most of which are correctly formed.
- Pupils can write capital letters, most of which are correctly formed.
- Pupils can form digits 0-9
Year 2 Expectations
- Form lower case letters of the correct size relative to one another.
- Develop a consistent size and orientation of lower case and capital letters using appropriate spacing between the words.
Year 3 Expectations
- Use diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters and understand which letters, when adjacent to one another, are best left un-joined.
- Handwriting is legible and consistent in size.
- Writing is appropriately spaced.
Year 4 Expectations
- Pupils can correctly form and join most letters in accordance with the school’s agreed style.
Year 5 Expectations
- Pupils can make choices over letter shapes and joins to ensure fluency, legibility and good presentation.
Year 6 Expectations
- Pupil joins where appropriate to ensure fluency, legibility and good presentation.
- Pupil chooses the writing implement that is best suited for the task.