We follow the national curriculum for the teaching of English. Year groups plan lessons based on a novel or text and incorporate all aspects of National Curriculum spelling, grammar and punctuation into planning in line with the end of year expectations. Children are assessed regularly throughout the year with teachers using end of year expectations and end of key stage writing expectations as guidelines for assessing progress in writing. We encourage all children to use the correct pencil grip from Nursery and through Reception and key stage 1 to ensure children can form letters correctly and when ready, join fluently.
In addition we use Lexia to support children with spelling strategies and comprehension as well as Cracking Comprehension.
If children are to develop a fluent and fast handwriting style, they must learn to hold a pencil with a grip that is relaxed but allows for efficient control of the pencil. If children grip a pencil too tightly, they won’t develop a free-flowing movement and they will tire very quickly. Experts agree that children should be encouraged to hold the pencil between the thumb and forefinger with the pencil resting on the third finger. The thumb and forefinger should also be able to move slightly so that very fine movements required for writing are possible. Commercial pencil grips, or triangular pencils, can be used to encourage this pencil hold but their use must be monitored as they can be misapplied.