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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


This year we have introduced a new handwriting scheme called Letterjoin, to support handwriting at school, pupils can also log into Letter-join at home, accessing lots of resources including touch-screen activities on iPads and tablets. 

Letter-join animates every capital and lower case letter along with numbers and punctuation to model the correct formation.  Enabling the children to produce neater handwriting with consistent spacing, letter sizes and introducing joins.  

Below is an alphabet mat showing how capital letters and lower case letters should be formed.  The red dot shows where each letter should begin when writing.

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Picture 2

Working at the Expected Standard:

  • form capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters.
  • use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.
Picture 1 Handwriting sample from lesson.
Picture 2 Handwriting sample within work.

Working Above the Expected Standard/ Greater Depth:

As above but also, the children can

  • use the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join some letters.
Picture 1 Handwriting sample from lesson.
Picture 2 Handwriting sample within work.

Handwriting Lessons:

Each week the children are taught a new join in our handwriting lesson.  They are then sent home with this to practice throughout the week in their green handwriting book at home.


Below are a selection of our joins to practice at home with your children usually the children copy the formation and join on the sheet focusing on the orientation and size of letters. Then independently practice writing the letters or words on a line in their handwriting book.

Some of the children in Year 2W currently attend Handwriting Club for further opportunities to practice their fine motor skills and letter formation.  More information and video examples can be found on the link below.