We live in a world where technology is evolving and changing on an almost daily basis. Adults depend on technology at work, socially and home; and this has a direct impact on children.
A UK study conducted by Ofcom in 2019 found that between the age of 9 and 10, smartphone ownership doubles, and smartphones are now more widely used than radios. In 2019, 6 in 10 3-4 year-olds used any device to go online, with the use of tablets increasing by 49% from 2015.*https://www.ofcom.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/190616/children-media-use-attitudes-2019-report.pdf
So, in a world of keyboards and touch screens, do we still need handwriting?
Handwriting and the National Curriculum
Handwriting is a key skill that will always be essential, despite the rapidly increasing use of technology. Aside from handwriting enabling adults and children alike to express themselves, the 2014 National Curriculum requires pupils to be able to produce ‘fluent, legible, and eventually, speedy handwriting’.
Children will start their educational careers using a pencil, then around the age of 9 they will progress to using ink. Teachers often like to mark this educational milestone by giving the pupil a ‘Pen Licence’.
There are many skills that pupils need to demonstrate to earn their Pen Licence, including:
- Using the correct pencil grip
- Forming letters the same size with the correct shape
- Joining letters correctly
- Starting each letter in the correct place
- Writing on the line (an obvious, but very important one!)
How to Help All Pupils to ‘Write it Right!’
Emmert Wolf once wrote that “a man is only as good as his tools” and that stands true today; handwriting is no exception. Equipping your pupils with the correct pen will enable them to achieve their writing goals. We recommend:
The right size barrel for Smaller Hands
Often, pupils’ handwriting will be illegible as they can struggle to hold the pen correctly.
Designed specifically for education, Show-me drywipe pens have a range of features and is safety optimised for use by small hands in the busy classroom.
10 vibrant colours
A splash of colour could make all the difference when it comes to engaging your students.
A colourful alternative to standard Show-me Pens, assorted colour packs are guaranteed to brighten up classrooms and students’ work with ease.
Available in 10 bright colours: Purple, Green, Brown, Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Black, Pink, Light Blue
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