The Collins Primary Focus scheme has been adopted and books from the scheme will be used selectively to fit the children’s needs. This is also the scheme used by Melbourne Infant School.
The aim is to have taught all the basic joins by the end of Lower School. In Years 3 and 4, children will receive weekly taught handwriting lessons. During these lessons a range of strategies will be used to model and practise skills. Children complete their handwriting in exercise books with tramlines to support with the sizing of letters.
In Years 5 and 6, the children apply their handwriting skills in all written work, aiming to develop a personal, fluent style.
In Year 3 and for the majority of Year 4, most children will write in pencil. As soon as children demonstrate, fluent, joined handwriting in all writing, they will receive a Golden Pen Award and from then on will write in pen. Blue ink pens are used across the school.
See the image below for the cursive style of handwriting taught.