Wansdyke School have chosen to use 'Kinetic Letters' to explicitly teach handwriting to our pupils. 


Handwriting is of fundamental importance to educating our pupils because pupils who do not learn to read and write fluently and confidently are, in every sense, disenfranchised.  The mastery of automaticity in handwriting is therefore one of the key priorities of the School.


The outcomes that we will strive to ensure all our pupils achieve are:

  • Having fluent, legible and speedy handwriting that can be performed automatically, so that the attention of the brain is on the content of the writing.
  • Having the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation.
  • Having competence in transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition.
  • Writing clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences.
  • Having a comfortable and efficient pencil hold and working position.


The Kinetic Letters programme is commenced in Reception (or Nursery if relevant) and is used throughout the School.  By the end of KS1, each pupil should be working at the national standard and most should be working at a greater depth (see Appendix 2).  Children will be using some of the strokes needed to join letters; teaching this will start in Year 2.