Reading and Writing Learning Zone
How we teach reading - letter to parents
Handwriting is a skill which affects written communication across the curriculum and therefore should be taught regularly and systematically. We begin with write dance patterns and as the year progresses we move onto letters. We use a cursive script with a lead in and a lead out as this teaches children to join letters and words as a series of flowing movements and patterns. We teach the children the correct posture for handwriting and how to hold a pencil correctly.
Children should understand the importance of clear, neat presentation in order to communicate meaning effectively and develop a fluent, comfortable, legible, joined handwriting style for a range of purposes. During daily sessions, teachers will model and children will practice joining the cursive font and children will learn to have the correct posture and to be consistent with the size and positioning of letters and the spacing of words.
Left handed children
Left handed children will be positioned appropriately and their paper may be slanted slightly. Their pencil can be held further from the point so that their vision of the letters is not blocked as they are writing.