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New WriteWell Handwriting Programme

31 January 2019

New WriteWell Handwriting Programme

Find out about our brand new handwriting programme designed to guide children from their first steps in mark-making to the development of clear, confident and speedy joined handwriting that can be adapted for a range of purposes.

Much ink has been spilt over the idea that handwriting is a dying art form and that today’s technologically savvy children, who learn to use an iPad before they can hold a pencil, have little use for print, never mind cursive handwriting. But even if we were to concede that the vast majority of communication is now conducted electronically, be it through writing emails, typing essays or tapping emojis, it would be a mistake to conclude that this renders handwriting obsolete.

Handwriting is more than just a means of communication. It is intimately linked to the way that children (and adults) learn. Brain scans clearly show that forming words by hand leads to increased brain activity – sharpening focus, improving comprehension and aiding long-term memorisation. Handwriting also plays a key role in the development of early reading and writing skills. For example, research indicates that knowing the movements needed to form the shape of a letter helps children to memorise and recognise letters. Similarly, there is strong evidence to suggest that writing by hand can help children learn to spell correctly by encoding spelling patterns in muscle memory. Some studies have even shown that handwriting can lead to better idea composition and expression.

With so many benefits to writing by hand, we wanted to provide schools with a handwriting resource that would help every child to master this vital skill – not just those pupils (girls in particular) with strong fine motor skills and a natural inclination towards neat handwriting. Enter WriteWell, a clearly structured whole-school scheme designed to develop pupils’ handwriting from Reception to Year 6.

As handwriting development can vary greatly from child to child, WriteWell splits learning into manageable modules based on the National Handwriting Association’s eight ‘S Factors for Success’, as illustrated below. Each S factor represents a feature of successful handwriting, and the factors are arranged in order of developmental demand.

 

 As handwriting development can vary greatly from child to child, WriteWell splits learning into manageable modules based on the National Handwriting Association’s eight ‘S Factors for Success’, as illustrated below. Each S factor represents a feature of successful handwriting, and the factors are arranged in order of developmental demand.

 

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