Kinetic letters is a unique handwriting programme that believes good, fast and fluent handwriting underpins success in every curriculum area. It is based on a physical programme where children learn handwriting and letter formation through movement and multisensory experiences, developing core body strength.
Learning letters by movement helps writing and concentration and also makes handwriting automatic, freeing up space in the working memory for other learning.
The Kinetic Letters programme uses four main threads:
Making bodies stronger
Learning the letters
Holding the pencil
Flow and fluency
It enables children to develop legible handwriting that is produced quickly and automatically. With the development of automaticity, handwriting becomes a valuable tool and not a hindrance to learning.
Every class in the school takes part in a Kinetic Letters lesson everyday which focuses on letter formation and then body strength and pencil grip are continuously reinforced throughout the school day in every lesson.
Each letter family is introduced to the children through a story about two monkeys called Bounce and Skip.
Bounce is a brave monkey and helps write the tall letters whilst Skip is a scared monkey and helps write the other letters.
Children are taught all of the Kinetic Letter families, upper case letter formation and number formation:
We are a Write Stuff school
As a school we have adopted "The Write Stuff"- an approach to the teaching of writing developed by Jane Constantine which brings clarity to the mechanics of writing. "The Write Stuff" follows a method called "Sentence Stacking" whereby children are taught to effectively write sentences that are stacked together chronologically and organised. to engage children with short, intensive moments of learning that they can then immediately apply to their own writing.
Reading Book Scheme
Collins Big Cat resources are used in EYFS and KS1, in order to support every child on their reading journey to develop a strong phonic knowledge and a love of reading. As they progress through each phonic phase, children will become fluent readers through high-quality fiction and non-fiction banded books. Each fully decodable book is expertly aligned to each child’s Letters and Sounds journey to ensure all pupils in EYFS and KS1 move from decoding words to reading fluently and for pleasure. Each pupil’s reading journey is tracked to ensure systematic progression for each pupil by their class teacher.