Once children have secured their basic printing letter formation using the Read Write Inc. strategies, they then progress to developing a cursive script mid-Year 1. In all lessons, including phonics, teaching staff model letter formation/ handwriting.


We use PenPals progressive handwriting scheme to teach cursive handwriting skills weekly. There are 10 handwriting foci/objectives per term with explicit modelling by teachers.


Each session is made up of:

  • a warm up pattern to copy
  • letters/strings to practise
  • words to practise
  • where appropriate, a short passage to copy
  • an assessment/check prompt for self/peer assessment


We use Debbie Hepplewhite ‘patter’ when modelling and speaking about cursive handwriting. We use English books with handwriting lines to reinforce these expectations. 


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J H Godwin Primary School

Melbourne Road
Headteacher: Mrs L Cartledge

Main Contact: If you would like to contact someone at school for help with anything please ring and speak to Mrs S Jefferson or Mrs K Bickerton in the office

Tel: 01244 259 666

SEN Contact: Mrs E Cornish SENDCO - via admin@jhgodwin.cheshire.sch.uk

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