At Matchborough First School Academy we believe presentation and handwriting is an important element of our children's learning. It is really important that our children are proud of their hard work. It is now the school's policy to begin to teach correct letter formation in Foundation Stage which will eventually enable our children to produce handwriting of a high standard, as they progress through school, which is a requirement of the new curriculum. We teach the style of writing known as the "pre-cursive script" which is the un-joined version of the "cursive script". As soon as we feel the children are ready to join their letters, we teach this regardless of age. An example of both can be found in the word document. There are many good publications which help children to write in this way and should you need any advice or information please do not hesitate to ask any of the teachers in school.
For a number of years now, children who have consistently produced a high standard of joined writing in all of their learning, have been awarded a pen licence which allows them to write in pen rather than pencil. Previously, this has generally only been awarded to Year 4 children. However, over the past couple of years and most recently we have found that because the children have been working so hard at improving their writing, a number of children in Year 3 and Year 2 have also been awarded a licence.
We are very proud of the children's achievements, as are the children.