Our aim is to develop children’s ability to produce well-structured writing with appropriate detail, in which the meaning is clear and the interest of the reader is engaged. The 2014 Curriculum divides writing skills into two dimensions:

  • Transcription (spelling and handwriting)
  • Composition (articulating ideas in speech and writing)

We recognise that both these elements are essential to success and we support the acquisition of both sets of skills through various methods.

These writing checklists give you an indication of the areas your child is working on at school. You may wish to use these overviews as a guide to support your child at home.



Children are taught continuous cursive handwriting from Key Stage 1 where they learn how to form letters with the correct orientation with leaders and exit points. Our expectation is that by the end of Key Stage 1 children will be able to join their writing with emphasis on presenting writing that is neat and legible. Children continue to take part in weekly handwriting sessions throughout Key Stage 2. Children are encouraged to use neat and joined handwriting through the ‘Pen Licence’ scheme in which children earn the right to use a handwriting pen. They are awarded a certificate when they are able to use joined handwriting neatly and consistently.