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Iwade School



At our Trust, we teach continuous cursive handwriting.  This approach will begin in Reception and continue throughout pupils’ time at our schools.

Before cursive handwriting can be taught, children participate in activities involving gross and fine motor skills. Children begin their cursive handwriting journey with handwriting patterns which lead into continuous cursive letter formation.

Continuous cursive handwriting supports children’s letter formation; teaches children to write words as continuous flowing movements; and increases writing speed/fluency. Also, legible, cursive handwriting is a key factor in children achieving ‘age expected’ at the end of Key Stage 2.

With the support of the   Letter-Join  programme, we strive for all children to become fluent, continuous cursive writers during their time at our Trust.

***Letter-Join website, letter/pattern formation posters, colouring patterns, writing examples***


Coloring with Handwriting Patterns


Handwriting Examples



Our aim at Bourne Alliance    is to develop a culture where our children love writing. We do this through a carefully planned range of exciting cross-curricular opportunities and genres, designed to enthuse and inspire even the most reluctant writers.

Our children write for a range of purposes and audiences, in a variety of roles and from different points of view. Across each year group, writing is prompted using stimuli which may include quality texts and books, film, TV and music. We want our children to be passionate about writing so providing an exciting start point is key to this. Choices are made to reflect our students’ interests and to encourage thought-provoking debate. We want our children to understand the wider world and to have opinions.

Our children are presented with a variety of writing opportunities, some of which will be independent to allow for freedom of expression and the chance to ‘just write’. When working on more substantial writing projects, our pupils are encouraged to view writing as a process (which requires drafting and editing) to produce a final text that they can be proud of. The end pieces of such projects are celebrated within the class and across the wider school. We have even had some of our pupils’ writing published in a local newspaper!

At Iwade and Bobbing Schools, we want every child to be given every opportunity to grow up with a genuine love for writing, that will stay with them during further education and beyond.

Useful websites to support writing at home


Along with other areas of the curriculum, we have decided to implement a mastery approach to spelling. Previously, we had taught by spelling rules. However, this method carries a high cognitive load due to the vast number of facts you have to remember and be able to apply correctly. Spelling lessons need to be based on the same principles; the less you give the children to remember, the more likely they are to remember it. Based on research, we have decided to adopt a phonics-based spelling approach which embeds and continues the phonics-based learning from KS1.

Punctuation and Grammar (PAG)

The grammar of our first language is learnt naturally and implicitly through interactions with other speakers and from reading. Explicit knowledge of grammar is, however, very important, as it gives us more conscious control and choice in our language. Building this knowledge is best achieved through a focus on grammar within the teaching of reading, writing and speaking.

Punctuation is important because it can change the meaning of a sentence greatly. We all need to use Standard English grammar to communicate effectively. Using incorrect punctuation, grammar and spelling can change the meaning of sentences, whether spoken or written.

Our pupils need to grasp the meaning of grammatical terms such as noun, verb, prefix, pronoun and adverb. They will learn the difference between clauses and phrases, and be able to identify Standard English (‘I   did    my homework’ as opposed to ‘I   done    my homework’ and ‘We   were    feeling happy’ as opposed to ‘We   was    feeling happy’). We understand that most parents will be unfamiliar with these terms (as they weren’t explicitly taught this way when we were at school), this is the link to the Government glossary

Children need to use accurate PAG to achieve the writing objectives on the curriculum in all years. The assessment of writing for SATs is now based heavily on the correct inclusion of PAG objectives in children’s writing.

Punctuation and Grammar are taught throughout the school in both explicit sessions and to compliment a particular writing focus. At the end of each Key Stage, in years 2 and 6, children sit a formal PAG test.

The following websites have some useful online resources you can use to support your child at home:  has grammar definitions and practice tests

Topmarks site has a spelling and grammar section, as well as other subjects: