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 Start-Bee has developed Start-Bee’s Handwriting Scheme for Schools which consists of four programmes plus a handwriting intervention programme (Basics Bootcamp) and a Handwriting Match Fit Assessment TM.

Start-Bee Schools Handwriting Station
Each programme is delivered using a combination of streamed lessons (e-learning videos) and practical exercises that include specifically chosen tools that build physical dexterity whilst engendering a positive association with handwriting, making it a flexible scheme which can easily be accessed in the classroom environment. Presented in the Start-Bee Schools Handwriting Station, this mobile container stores everything, from experience and research, that’s needed to teach every child, including Dyslexic and SEN pupils, how to write whilst having fun.

1. Handwriting Preparedness (preparing for handwriting)
Delivered in EYFS, this programme ensures pupils are prepared throughout EYFS to work towards achieving the required attainments as outlined by the Standards & Testing Agency 2016 (Teacher assessment exemplification: end of Key Stage 1 English Writing).

Created for those children who are starting school, this e-learning programme works with the Start-Bee Schools Handwriting Station to ensure every learner masters the essential basics that are key to developing a handwriting style that is legible, neat and effortless; a skill that’s necessary for a child to progress in all aspects of their early education.

Working towards the specific requirements of the UK’s DfE and Standards & Testing Agency 2016, the programme is designed to ensure a pupil is:

  • holding a pencil correctly for effortless, fast and neat handwriting
  • adopting the correct writing posture for pain-free handwriting
  • mastering 30, get-you-writing-ready exercises
  • developing strong writing muscles
  • able to write their name and those of their friends and family too!

2. Letters Write (mastering letter formation)
Delivered in EYFS to Reception Pupils, this programme develops a pupil’s handwriting skills so that they become Emergent Handwriters in Year 1. Emergent Handwriters are those pupils who have a firm grasp of handwriting basics but need to develop their fluency and legibility further to give them the “edge” when transcribing notes and completing exam papers.

Created for those children that have already mastered the basics of handwriting, this e-learning programme works with the Start-Bee Schools Handwriting Station to take on the novice handwriter from making patterns and writing their names to forming all the letters in the lowercase and uppercase alphabet that will enable them to work towards joining up their lower and upper case letters when they move up to the All Joined-Up Programme.

Working towards the specific requirements of the UK’s DfE and Standards & Testing Agency 2016, the programme is designed to ensure a pupil:

  • is holding a pencil correctly for effortless, fast and neat handwriting
  • is adopting the correct writing posture for pain-free handwriting
  • is developing strong writing muscles
  • is able to write neat, legible sentences on a line
  • is keeping a diary or journal

3. All Joined-Up (creating joined-up script)
Delivered in Year 1 and Year 2, this programme is designed for Emergent Handwriters who have already completed Handwriting Preparedness and Letters Write programmes.

Created for those children that have already mastered the basics of handwriting, this e-learning programme works with Start-Bee Schools Handwriting Station to take on the confident handwriter from joining up whole words in sentences to writing complete paragraphs. Now they are on the way to becoming a fast, fluent and neat handwriter.

Working towards the specific requirements of the UK’s DfE and Standards & Testing Agency 2016, the programme is designed to ensure a pupil is:

  • holding a pencil correctly for effortless, fast and neat handwriting
  • adopting the correct writing posture for pain-free handwriting
  • developing strong writing muscles
  • able to write neat, legible sentences on a line
  • keeping a diary or journal
  • able to write whole paragraphs of text in joined up, legible, neat script

4. Fast & Fluent (speeding up handwriting)
Delivered in Year 2 and Year 3, this programme is designed for those pupils who have already completed Handwriting Preparedness, Letters Write and All Joined-Up programmes.

Created for those children that have already mastered joined-up handwriting, this e-learning programme works with Start-Bee Schools Handwriting Station to develop a script that is legible and fluent as well as ensure handwriting is an automatic, natural process. When handwriting becomes automatic it frees pupils to focus on the content of the writing, not the act, thereby wholly directing their attention towards the work to be completed in lessons, assessments and SATS. For the confident handwriter, this programme also speeds up their handwriting so that the pupil can easily complete an A4 page of legible text in under ten minutes. This will help the pupil complete exams confidently and in time. Research (Mason, 1991) suggests that a writing speed of 17 words per minute is needed in order for an individual to complete a typical school exam within the allotted time frame.

Working towards the specific requirements of the UK’s DfE and Standards & Testing Agency 2016, the programme is designed to ensure a pupil is:
able to write an A4 page of handwritten text that is legible, in under ten minutes
be able to write at a speed of 17 words per minute

Basics Bootcamp (incorporating Handwriting Preparedness and Letters Write)
This is Start-Bee’s fast-track Handwriting Intervention programme delievered to pupils in Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 who need:

  • to be fast-tracked through Handwriting Preparedness
  • to be fast-tracked through the correct entry and exit strokes of letters for corrective repair/intervention
  • to achieve the required attainments as outlined by the Standards & Testing Agency 2016 (Teacher assessment exemplification: end of Key Stage 1 English Writing).

Live Q&A for teacher CPD
Start-Bee’s Handwriting Scheme also includes weekly live Q&A sessions so that teachers can ask for advice or discuss any particular issues they are encountering during the week when they are facilitating the Start-Bee Handwriting lessons. This will ensure that each and every teacher builds their handwriting teaching skills and their CPD to become a Handwriting Specialist Teacher (learning as they use the scheme, without the need for attending external training events).

Start-Bee not in your school yet? Get in touch at info@start-bee.com to learn more about licensing our handwriting scheme for schools.