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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.


In recent years we have introduced a new handwriting scheme called Letter-join to support handwriting as it animates both upper and lower case letters along with numbers modelling the correct formation.  We have seen how this enables the children to produce neater handwriting with consistent spacing, letter sizes and introducing joins.


What's even better is that pupils can also log onto Letter-join at home, accessing all these resources including touch-screen activities when using iPads or tablets.  Click on the image below to be directed to the login page.

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.

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.

Practicing Handwriting:

The children actively practice and revisit how to form letters correctly within our handwriting sessions, progressing to horizontal and diagonal joins when appropriate.  The alphabet mat shown below depicts how upper and lower case letters should be formed, the red dot showing where each letter should begin.

Within the sub-links you will find resources for your use at home for extra practice.