Penpals for Handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme for 3-11 year olds. The Practice Books provide specific handwriting focused practice - either introducing or practising letters, joins or key concepts such as size and proportion. They are designed to support independent practice in the classroom, following a whole-class teaching session. Each page corresponds to the units within the Teacher's Books and includes opportunities for: Finger and pencil tracing, writing letters or joins; Writing phrases or sentences; Pattern practice; Self-assessment check. In Year 3, we move on from basic joins to mastering more complicated joins.
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