Here at Gainsborough,  we have recently invested in a new handwriting scheme that we are using across the whole of Key Stage 1 and  2, from Year 1 to Year 6. We would encourage you to use the style in the attached documents with your children at home.

Letter-join resources can be accessed both on a laptop and a tablet. Log-in instructions will be coming home with your child and will also be available at the school office. The website provides demonstrations on how to form the letters correctly and how to make the joins. This is an interactive site so have fun with your child practising handwriting.



At Gainsborough, we encourage children to take pride in their writing and know when different writing styles are appropriate. Children are given, where possible, a real purpose for writing and understand why they are writing. We encourage children to experiment with and draft their ideas and talk about what they are going to write. Children will develop the confidence to share their ideas with others. We teach and encourage the use of cursive handwriting, through the use of the Letter Join scheme, from Year 1 to Year 6. Pupils are encouraged to take great pride in the presentation of their work. (See handwriting policy for further information).

Teachers make clear links between reading and writing and provide quality texts that engage the children. Teachers plan opportunities for extended writing across all areas of the curriculum and this noted in the medium term planning of relevant subjects.

Shared Writing:

This provides an opportunity for teachers to demonstrate writing, including the thought processes that are required. Teachers make explicit references to genre features, as well as word and sentence level work within the context of writing. Pupils contribute to the class composition by sharing their ideas with partners, in small groups or using individual white boards. This is also the time when children are given the opportunity to discuss, verbalise and refine ideas before committing to print.


Independent Writing:

Children are given the opportunity for a range of independent writing activities which clearly link to whole class writing objectives. These tasks have an identified audience, clear purpose and cover all aspects of the writing process. Children are given the opportunity to self-assess and peer-assess writing, based on success criteria linked to the learning objective and developed by the class as a whole as part of the teaching sequence leading up to creating an extended piece of writing.


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