At St Pius X we teach printing in the EYFS and Year 1, in-line with government recommendations. From Year 2 onward, children are taught pre-cursive and by the end of the year they are expected to join their writing. The entry strokes are a vital step in this process. At St Pius X we use 'The handwriting file with entry strokes' by Kath Balcombe. In the EYFS and Key Stage 1 we have discrete handwriting lessons. In Key Stage 2 handwriting is built into basic skills and English lessons.
We have worked hard to raise the profile of writing, especially the presentation and pride children take. Once a child is able to join neatly, fluently and confidently they are awarded a pen.
Our handwriting scheme can be seen below.
IEYFS and Year 1 Formation
Year 2 - Year 6 formation