- Author(s):Gill Budgell, Kate Ruttle
- Available from: December 2015
Penpals for Handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds.
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Penapls for Handwriting Year 4: Interactive uses activities which support direct teaching of the unit focus to the whole class using an interactive whiteboard. Each screen is divided into Penpals gym (gross and fine motor skill warm up videos) Teach (animated pattern and letter formation for perfect modelling) and Practice (sky writing and tracing patterns to help children with pencil flow)Each year includes: Gross and fine motor skill warm up clips to get children physically prepared for writing Pattern, letter formation and joins animated for perfect modelling. You can also pause animation if required. Kinaesthetic practice with sky writing and tracing patterns to help children with pencil flow a word bank which provides pre-selected examples of words featuring the handwriting unit focus to enable relevant practice. Word bank words can be pulled onto the screen so children can come to the whiteboard to identify the relevant join, trace and copy it. A gallery featuring samples of children’s mark-making and handwriting for discussion with your class. In Year 4 we consolidate work on joins and begin to look at more technical aspects such as letter height and consistency. In addition, writing for different purposes is explored at this stage. This product is sold on a perpetual site and network licence.
Digital resources support direct teaching to the whole class using an interactive whiteboard.
Lesson warm ups and physical activities develop and refine gross and fine motor skills.
Animations of letter formation and key joins for the perfect model.
Video clips give guidance on correct posture and pencil grip for right- and left-handed pupils.
- Term 1 1 Introducing diagonal join from p and b to ascender 2 Introducing diagonal join from p and b, no ascender 3 Introducing diagonal join from p and b to an anticlockwise letter 4 Revising parallel ascenders and descenders: bb and pp 5 Break letters x and z 6 Spacing in common exception words 7 Relative size of letters 8 Relative size of capitals 9 Speed and fluency 10 Assessment Term 2 11 Revising parallel ascenders 12 Revising parallel ascenders and break letters 13 Revising parallel ascenders and descenders 14 Relative size of letters 15 Proportion of letters 16 Spacing between letters and words 17 Writing at speed 18 Improving fluency 19 Speed and fluency 20 Assessment Term 3 21 Consistency of size 22 Proportion 23 Spacing between letters and words 24 Size, proportion and spacing 25 Speed 26 Fluency 27 Speed and fluency 28 Print alphabet 29 Assessment 30 Capital letters
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