Ireland Wood Primary School
Immerse, Inspire, Include

Curriculum  »  Curriculum (All subjects)  »  English  »  Handwriting & Spelling


Each week children in Y1-6 will be given a set of spellings to learn. These are spellings from the new National Curriculum. The spellings for each year group are taken from the spelling patterns and from the list of common exception words (as listed in the curriculum). Most of the children in each class will be working on the same spellings and these will be taught regularly throughout the week in short bursts. At Ireland Wood, spellings are tested on a Wednesday. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings at home on the spellings homework sheets that are sent home weekly.


We believe that there is a close relationship between handwriting and spelling. The children learn to form their letters in pre-cursive in Reception (with lead in and lead out lines). This continues into KS1 and KS2 where the children are taught to use joined up handwriting so that the flow of the hand takes them through the word. Looking back at their work they are encouraged to see which words do not appear to be correct.

Spelling Menu

The Spelling Menu is sent home with the children's spellings each week to provide them with ideas on how to learn their spellings at home.

Handwriting Certificates

We celebrate effort and progress in handwriting through awarding certificates. The children aim to receiving a pen license from Mr Blackburn, but are guided on their journey through being taught the specific skills required during weekly handwriting lessons.

Progression in Handwriting

Please find attached our handwriting expectations from Reception - Year 6.