- Author(s):Gill Budgell, Kate Ruttle
- Available from: March 2016
Penpals for Handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds.
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Penapls for Handwriting Year 1: 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 1, letters within words are introduced, without joins. This stage also includes formation of numbers 0–100 (both in words and numerals) to tie in with the National Curriculum 2014 for Mathematics. 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 the four families of join for the perfect model.
Animated sky-writing patterns for practising letters and joining patterns in the air.
Video clips give guidance on correct posture and pencil grip for right- and left-handed pupils.
- Term 1 1 Practising long-legged giraffe letters 2 Writing words with ll 3 Introducing capitals for long-legged giraffe letters 4 Practising one-armed robot letters 5 Practising long-legged giraffe letters and one-armed robot letters 6 Introducing capitals for one-armed robot letters 7 Practising curly caterpillar letters 8 Writing words with double ff 9 Writing words with double ss 10 Introducing capitals for curly caterpillar letters Term 2 11 Practising long-legged giraffe letters, one-armed robot letters and curly caterpillar letters 12 Practising zig-zag monster letters 13 Writing words with double zz 14 Mixing all letter families 15 Practising all capital letters 16 Practising all numbers 0–9 17 Writing words with ck and qu 18 Practising long vowels: ee, oa, oo 19 Practising long vowels: ee, oa, oo 20 Assessment Term 3 21 Numbers 10–20: spacing 22 Practising ch unjoined 23 Introducing diagonal join to ascender: ch 24 Practising ai unjoined 25 Introducing diagonal join, no ascender: ai 26 Practising wh unjoined 27 Introducing horizontal join to ascender: wh 28 Practising ow unjoined 29 Introducing horizontal join, no ascender: ow 30 Assessment
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