At Long Lee Primary School, we are very proud of our children's handwriting. We use Letter-join programme as the basis of our handwriting policy that covers all the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum. Handwriting is taught both discretely as well as being interwoven throughout our curriculum.


In order to help children to learn the letter formations in EYFs, a multi-sensory approach is taken using a range of writing materials and implements to develop both gross and fine motor skills. Such activities might include:

  • Tracing in different materials such as wet sand, foam, paint bags
  • Painting with water outside
  • Sewing and weaving
  • Cutting out
  • Drawing letters on different materials using their fingers/hands
  • Sky writing letters
  • Modelling playdough
  • Finger painting
  • Tracing patterns
  • Using large tweezers to sort objects


Below, we have examples of handwriting work from nursery to year 6 showing the clear progression of expectations across the year groups.