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This section of the site is to support those hoping to improve their presentation and handwriting.

The handwriting we use at the Junior School is cursive:
This is a link to the website that we subscribe to in school.

Below are some exercises to support those hoping to improve their presentation and handwriting.

Finger Fitness

In our school, taking pride over presentation is really important. We use a cursive script and have a presentation code which everyone in our school must aim to follow. Every week have a 20-30 minute lesson to practise the formation and joins of letters and numbers. How far will your handwriting take you this year? 

Our school presentation code (you can read a copy of this in the pots on your tables!)

I am proud of the work that I produce so I will always remember to:


  • Rule off my last piece of work or start a new page if there is not enough room.


  • Lay out my page using DUMTUM

    Date on the left


    Miss a line

    Title (WALT)


    Miss a Line


  • Concentrate on the quality of my handwriting.


  • Think about how best to space out my work on the page.


  • Use every page in my book.


  • Show the question I am answering by writing the number followed by a bracket e.g. 1)


  • Use one digit per square if I am writing on squared paper.


  • Keep the cover and pages of my books clean and without graffiti or doodles

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Look out for Mrs Coking's Handwriting surgery for extra tips on how to improve your handwriting style.

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Apprentice Scribes write in pencil. They:
  • Correctly form all the letters of the alphabet when printing letters, both lower case and capital
  • Form letters of the correct size and spacing
  • Produce writing which sits mostly on the line, with descenders travelling below
  • Successfully join some key letters, such as digraphs
  • Cross out errors with a pencil line, not a rubber
Scribes earn the right to write in handwriting pen. They:
  • Correctly join all letters across a range of writing
  • Form letters that demonstrate consistent size and spacing, including length and direction of ascenders and descenders
  • Maintain an even pressure on the page
  • Correct their mistakes by placing a neat line through their errors
  • Demonstrate good layout of their work, including DUMTUM with a ruler
Master scribes earn the right to write in fountain pen. They:
  • Write with a clear, fluent style
  • Use neat handwriting consistently across all areas of their work, including homework
  • Adapt their writing to a range of purposes, for example using capitals or italics

In school we teach handwriting in discrete lessons:

We teach 30 minutes handwriting weekly (across the school).

We teach the children hand and finger exercises with the children as part of the lessons. In addition, we teach the correct posture and pencil grip. Children practise their handwriting in 'spelling, punctuation and grammar' books. Next steps are shared with the children during the lessons. Once letter formations are taught, children will practise both their spellings and handwriting in unison – linking spellings and handwriting together.

The correct posture is taught and modelled by the teacher.  It involves:

uThere being sufficient room on the table for the child to be able to angle their paper and use their non-writing hand to steady the paper and bear some body weight.  Also they should have sufficient space to work without jostling their neighbour
uThe child having sufficient light to see what he/she is writing and have a clear view of the teacher/board so they can easily copy the handwriting being modelled
uChildren sitting up fairly straight at the table and shouldn’t have to stretch or slouch to reach the paper
uChildren not being seated on the carpet, balancing writing materials on their knees
uChildren sitting squarely, facing their work.
uThe child’s book resting flat, without obstructions underneath, such as rubbers.
uSome children will prefer to have their paper to one side and sloping.

The 12 Hiltingbury Handwriting Rules

The entry stroke to each small letter begins on the base line.
Rounded letters are formed in an anti-clockwise (to 1 o’clock) direction and should be closed.
All ascending and descending strokes are parallel.
All similar letters are the same height.
Letters within a word should be evenly spaced.
Words should be evenly spaced (2 ‘o’s between words).
The body of the letter sits on the line.
Letters which finish at the top join horizontally.
Letters which finish at the bottom join diagonally.
Capital letters are not joined.
Pens remain on the paper for the whole word, apart from when forming an x and breaking after an r.
Ts and is are crossed and dotted after the word has been written.