Crown Wood Primary

Crown Wood
Primary School


In order to maintain consistency between EYFS, KS1 and KS2, children will be taught using the Read Write Inc (RWI) Phonics Handwriting approach and strategies. 

RWI - The three stages of handwriting that children learn are:

  • the basic letter shape
  • relative size of letters and the orientation
  • the way the letters join together

At the end of KS2 children are to write with a casual cursive style. This therefore means that NOT all letters need to be joined. See pages 8-9 of the guidelines

Handwriting position

We will teach children a perfect handwriting position:

  • feet flat on the floor
  • bottom at the back of the chair
  • body one fist from the table
  • shoulders down and relaxed
  • back leaning forward slightly
  • left/right hand holding the page
  • left/right hand ready in a tripod grip

Pen Licence

Children will move on to use a pen for writing only when they regularly and consistently demonstrate the following:

  • Write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed
  • Choose which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding whether or not to join specific letters
  • Choose the writing implement that is best suited for a task (e.g. a pencil for drawing diagrams or for mathematics calculations etc)
  • Use a tripod grip
  • Sit in the ‘handwriting position’ to write

Our aim is every child has a pen Licence by the end of the Autumn Term in Year 5.  However, children can gain a pen Licence before Year 5 and some children will take longer to gain one.

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