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St John XXIII Catholic Primary School Inspiring Faith in our Future

Upper KS2

Years 5 and 6 Pupils will be taught to write legibly, fluently and with increasing speed by choosing which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding whether or not to join specific letters. They will learn to choose the writing implement that is best suited for a task. Be secure in using a  lead in from line, flick out. Avoid ‘submarining’ or ‘hovercrafting’ and ensure that they keep letters the same size. They will not take pen off the paper during the formation of words, apart from when there is an x.  Pupils in Year 5 and 6 are encouraged to slant letters in order to write with greater speed. Pupils should continue to practise handwriting and be encouraged to increase the speed of it, so that problems with forming letters do not get in the way of writing down their written expression and voice. They should be clear about what standard of handwriting is appropriate for a particular task, for example, quick notes or a final handwritten version. They should also be taught to use an un-joined style, for example, for labelling a diagram or data, writing an email address, or for algebra and capital letters, for example, for filling in a form.