Teaching handwriting effectively impacts the wider curriculum and the development of the whole child offering, among others the following benefits:
When children can write autonomously they can concentrate on what to write rather than how to write so their ideas and writing content will improve.
A significant impact on children's self-esteem, when they see beautiful writing which they have created with their own hand.
The huge effect of good handwriting on children's motivation and enjoyment for writing.
Develops a strong sense of pride.
Where children have good handwriting, and are proud of how their work looks, they become far more meticulous about spelling, punctuation, grammar and their use of language.
When children take care to produce beautiful work they are more likely to take care in other areas of their life – e.g care for resources, care for each other.
As a federation we use the achieving excellence in handwriting resources from Martin Harvey to teach handwriting.
This year we are having a big focus on handwriting, please see the attached policy for how we are currently teaching handwriting in school.