St Stephen's Catholic Primary School and Nursery, a Voluntary Academy




At St. Stephen's we offer a consistent approach with a planned sequence of lessons to help ensure that skills required to meet the aims of the National Curriculum for writing transcription and the related Early Learning Goals are progressively met. 


'Let’s Get Ready to Write' aims to help children to develop their fine and gross motor skills and pencil control as a precursor to effective handwriting: to show good control and coordination in large and small movements, to move confidently in a range of ways while safely negotiating space, to handle equipment and tools effectively and to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques.

Steps 2 and 3:

'Forming Letter Families and Positioning & Pre-Cursive' aims to teach children the statutory objectives from the year 1 and year 2 curriculum: to sit correctly at a table, to hold a pencil comfortably and correctly, to begin to form lower case letters in the correct direction and of the correct size relative to one another, to start and finish letters in the right place, to form capital letters and the digits 0-9 of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower case letters, to understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’, to start using some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters and to use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.


Steps 4 and 5:

'Joining Letters and Fluency, Style & Speed' teaches the statutory skills from the year 3 - year 6 curriculum: to use the diagonal and horizontal strokes that are needed to join letters; to increase the legibility, fluency, consistency and quality of their handwriting; to ensure that their lines of writing are spaced sufficiently so that the ascenders and descenders of letters do not touch; to write with increasing speed by choosing which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding whether or not to join specific letters and to choose the writing implement that is best suited for a task.


We intend to take all pupils on a journey to using fluent, speedy and joined handwriting throughout their independent writing. This, in turn, will help to support their composition and spelling.


Following the programme allows subject leaders to feel confident about curriculum design and delivery throughout their whole educational setting.

The detailed planning and progressive sequence of the programme assures subject quality, sufficient depth and coverage of skills.

The scheme’s supporting resources enable effective curriculum implementation and can be differentiated to meet all pupils’ learning needs.

Where gaps in pupils’ skills are identified, specific handwriting resources can also be used within intervention sessions to enhance pupils’ capacity to access the full curriculum.

Each lesson has built-in assessment opportunities, which give reliable snapshots of pupil progress.

Click the link below to see progress in handwriting at St. Stephen's:

Handwriting Coverage and Assessment


The impact will be seen across the school with an increase in the profile of handwriting.

We will have a consistent approach where handwriting expectations are clear and the same technical vocabulary is used with, and spoken by, all teaching staff and learners.

Whole school and parental engagement can also be improved through the use of resources through MICROSOFT TEAMS as part of home learning. 

The impact of our scheme will be noticeable within written work in all areas of the curriculum.

Evidence of handwriting across school coming soon!