- Author(s):Gill Budgell, Kate Ruttle
- Available from: January 2016
Penpals for Handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds.
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Penapls for Handwriting Year 3: 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. This stage builds on joining through a word, introducing more difficult joins. 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 Practising joining through the word in stages: no ascenders or descenders 2 Practising joining through the word in stages: parallel ascenders 3 Introducing joining from s to ascender 4 Introducing joining from s, no ascender 5 Introducing joining from s to an anticlockwise letter 6 Introducing joining from r to an ascender 7 Introducing joining from r, no ascender 8 Introducing joining from r to an anticlockwise letter 9 Introducing joining from r to e 10 Assessment: break letters Term 2 11 Introducing joining to f 12 Introducing joining from f to ascender 13 Introducing joining from f, no ascender 14 Introducing joining from f to an anticlockwise letter 15 Introducing ff 16 Introducing rr 17 Introducing ss 18 Introducing qu 19 Revising parallel ascenders and descenders 20 Assessment Term 3 21 Revising joins: letter spacing 22 Revising joins: spacing between words 23 Revising joins: consistency of size 24 Revising joins: fluency 25 Revising joins: parallel ascenders 26 Revising joins: parallel ascenders and descenders 27 Revising joins: anticlockwise letters 28 Revising break letters 29 Assessment: speed trial 30 Revisiting capital letters
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