- Author(s):Gill Budgell, Kate Ruttle
- Available from: February 2016
Penpals for Handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds.
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Penapls for Handwriting Year 5: 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. Year 5 consolidates all the work of previous stages and introduces children to a sloped style of writing. The focus at this stage also moves to helping children develop speed and fluency in their writing. 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 sloped writing in letter families 2 Practising sloped writing: diagonal join to ascender 3 Practising sloped writing: diagonal join, no ascender 4 Practising sloped writing: diagonal join to an anticlockwise letter 5 Practising sloped writing: horizontal join to ascender 6 Practising sloped writing: horizontal join, no ascender 7 Practising sloped writing: horizontal join to an anticlockwise letter 8 Practising sloped writing: joining from r 9 Practising sloped writing: joining from s 10 Assessment Term 2 11 Practising sloped writing: proportion – joining from f to ascender 12 Practising sloped writing: size – joining from f, no ascender 13 Practising sloped writing: different styles for different purposes 14 Practising sloped writing: size, proportion and spacing ff 15 Practising sloped writing: size, proportion and spacing rr 16 Practising sloped writing: size, proportion and spacing ss 17 Practising sloped writing: building speed qu 18 Different styles for different purposes 19 Different styles for different purposes 20 Assessment: making choices in handwriting Term 3 21 Sloped writing: proportion, joining p and b to ascenders 22 Handwriting for different purpose: joining from p and b 23 Practising sloped writing: parallel ascenders and descenders pp, bb 24 Practising sloped writing: all double letters 25 Practising sloped writing for speed 26 Practising sloped writing for fluency 27Personal style 28 Handwriting for different purposes: print alphabet 29 Assessment 30 Capitals
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