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Lyminster Primary School

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Handwriting at Lyminster Primary School


A consistent, whole school approach to a cursive style of handwriting has been adopted at Lyminster. Handwriting is taught and highlighted through a combination of focused sessions, phonics lessons, English lessons and the wider curriculum. Teachers and support staff model exemplary handwriting across the curriculum where appropriate, although children continue to be exposed to a range of writing styles and fonts when reading texts and around the classroom and the school environment. We aim to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking. Children in Reception and Year 1 are taught the correct formation of the cursive style of letters (upper and lower case) and digits (0 – 9) as they become developmentally ready, and are encouraged to write in a pre-cursive style.


We use Letter-join as the basis of our handwriting policy and cover all the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. As a catalyst to speedy handwriting, we encourage parents and carers to practice handwriting at home and provide free access to the Home Edition of Letter-join. Our username and password may be obtained from the school office or from your child’s class teacher.


Children are encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work. Our aim is to help pupils enjoy learning and developing their handwriting with a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Examples of good practice and progress across all age groups are celebrated weekly as part of our Celebration Assembly and displayed half-termly on our Handwriting Heroes display.


Please see our Handwriting Policy for further information.


At Lyminster Primary School we recognise how vital it is that our pupils leave us as confident writers and readers.  As soon as our children start their school life, they begin to learn the relationship between the sounds they speak and the words they read and write through a programme called Read, Write Inc. 


Read Write Inc Phonics

From Early Years through to Year 2, the children follow a program of learning synthetic phonics through Read Write Inc.  Here is a link to the Ruth Miskin website explaining more about how the scheme works: http://tinyurl.com/gn3ocbc

Fresh Start

If children are still not confident with their phonics by the end of Year 2, they take part in catch up sessions called "Fresh Start", a brief outline of which can be found by following this link: http://tinyurl.com/j3lzrtz

Read Write Inc Spelling

Once children finish with Read Write Inc Phonics, they move on to Read Write Inc Spelling, a stand-alone programme for children in Years 2 to Years 6 specially created to meet the demands of the new national curriculum.  Here is a link explaining more: http://tinyurl.com/j95g8dy

Oxford Reading Tree

Children also follow the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme, which takes them through from early exploration of stories to fluent, confident readers.


Throughout the school we have daily guided reading sessions at least three times a week, which include focused adult-led reading groups, exploration of spelling and grammar rules and independent reading activities.

We do not underestimate the importance of the home-school link.  It is very important that parents read with their children every day to support the child at home. We expect all of our children to read at home every day, and reward those who do with certificates and prizes. In Key Stage Two, children are set fortnightly writing homework, which gives them an opportunity to show off their brilliance at writing outside of school.

Literacy lessons focus on the application of writing skills.  An important emphasis is put on 'real-life' writing, so that children are writing for a purpose beyond the four walls of the classroom.  Rich and varied texts are explored as a stimulus before the children begin to apply the 'tricks of the trade' to their own writing.  Grammar teaching follows a similar vein, with real texts being used to show how grammar makes an impact; we avoid dry grammar exercises wherever possible.

 Handwriting & Phonics - November 2018.pdfDownload
 Climbing the Mountain.pdfDownload
 Unlocking the Pleasure of Reading.pdfDownload
 Big Top 40 Final.pdfDownload
 Letter Join Log Ins.pdfDownload
 Handwriting Workshop Nov 2017.pdfDownload
 Primary National Curriculum - Key Stage 1 and 2 - English.pdfDownload
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