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What is Penpals for Handwriting?


Penpals for Handwriting is a complete handwriting scheme for 3–11 year olds, offering clear progression through five developmental stages. It teaches children a fast and fluent handwriting style to help them achieve their potential in writing.

Penpals uses a combination of DVD-ROMS for whole-class teaching and practice books and write-in workbooks for small group and individual work. Our approach has been tried and tested in schools and is proven to drive up handwriting standards.

Five unique developmental phases provide clear progression for children aged 3 to 11.

DVD-ROMs support interactive, direct teaching to the whole class using an interactive whiteboard.

Practice books and workbook provide essential practice and reinforcement.

Links to GPS underpins essential learning.

Sky-writing and lesson warm-ups develop the fine and gross motor skills that are crucial for handwriting.

In Years 5 and 6 basic handwriting issues are revised and speed and fluency improved

Penpals for Handwriting Welcome Pack - Useful Links for Teachers and Parents


Browse through the resources listed below to learn about how to use Penpals and how Penpals correlates to national (UK) curriculums. You can also download useful content like the Penpals Posture Poster for your classroom!

How to Use Penpals Penpals Messages for Parents Penpals Handwriting Policy
Penpals for Handwriting Curriculum for England Penpals for Handwriting Curriculum for Wales Penpals for Handwriting Curriculum for Northern Ireland
Penpals for Handwriting Curriculum for Excellence Penpals for Handwriting Cambridge International Examinations Curriculum Framework Penpals for Handwriting Compents Chart
Penpals for Handwriting INSET Planning Introduction to Penpals for Handwriting INSET Penpals for Handwriting Scope and Sequence
Penpals for Handwriting Pencil Grip Poster Penpals for Handwriting Posture Poster