Our Handwriting Lead is Miss Jacobs.
Why we need to teach handwriting?
Handwriting is a skill which, like reading and spelling, affects written communication across the curriculum.
Given effective teaching, handwriting can be mastered by most pupils by the time they are seven or eight years old enabling them, with practice, to go on to develop a faster and more mature hand ready for secondary school and adult life. The surest way to ensure consistent teaching and the development of legible, fluent joined handwriting throughout the school is to have a written policy agreed and put into practice by all staff. Handwriting is a movement skill, children need to practise handwriting movements correctly and often.
The first handwriting lessons are vital and the most important issue is to ensure that the children we teach learn to form the letters of the alphabet with the correct sequence of strokes from the beginning. The correct formation of all letters needs to become quite automatic and may require a lot of practice.
Suzanne Tiburtius of the National Handwriting Association
What do we do at Fulbridge?
Fulbridge Academy has adopted a cursive handwriting style to enable consistent teaching of handwriting across the school; from reception to Year 6. The cursive style supports the teaching of one handwriting style that can aid the development of joining letters at a later stage. The cursive letters additionally support the development of physical memory of formation, each letter starting in the same place flowing from left to right.