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Here at Wednesbury Oak we are very proud of our pupils' handwriting and take particular care in our cursive/joined-up handwriting style. We use Letter-join as the basis of our handwriting that covers all the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.

Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. At the end of Key Stage 2, all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting, and to understand the different forms of handwriting used for different purposes.

We aim to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking.



For our youngest pupils, handwriting includes the following:

  • Movements to enhance gross motor skills such as air-writing, pattern making, dancing;
  • Exercises to develop fine motor skills such as making marks on paper, whiteboards, sand trays, iPads and tablets;
  • Letter learning to familiarise letter shapes, formation and vocabulary.


Years 2 to 6:

Lessons continue, covering:

  • Gross and fine motor skills exercises;
  • Cursive handwriting reinforcement, learning and practice;
  • Numerals, capitals and printed letters: where and when to use, learning and practice.



Our teachers are encouraged to use neat, joined-up cursive writing for all handwriting tasks, including: marking and comments.

Consistency throughout the school is important. Pupils should experience coherence and continuity in the learning and teaching of handwriting across all school years and be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work.

Our aim is to help pupils enjoy learning and developing their handwriting with a sense of achievement and pride.