National Stationery Week for Schools & Teachers

Get your pupils writing!

If you’re a teacher, you will know that handwriting has assumed greater importance in the National Curriculum since Autumn 2014.  We’ve got lots of help, advice and most importantly, fun activities to help you get your pupils learning and enjoying handwriting.

Here are some fun activities you, and your class, can get involved in to celebrate handwriting:


Get social

Encourage your older pupils to take to social media during National Stationery Week with a handwritten Tweet.  Ask them to simply handwrite their Tweet, then take a snap and upload it to Twitter using #penatweet and #natstatweek

Make the most of 7 Days of Stationery.

Theme some lunch time activities around our 7 Days of Stationery. Pencil Day could see your drawing and doodling, whilst creating a pen pot from old supplies could help you conquer Get Organised Day.

Write a letter

Get your pupils to write a letter to a fictional person. Link this to your lessons by tying it in to a book you are studying in English or someone from a period you a studying in History.

Dear Henry VIII…

Hello Jane Eyre…

Story Starter

Give your pupils the first line to a story and get them to finish the story, however they wish. Be it robots, unicorns, pop stars, footballers or Mom and Dad, allow children to create their own adventures, places and people.

Here are some great examples to get your class started;


  • “They were lost. Returning home soon seemed unlikely. They looked ahead and the road was…”
  • “The castle loomed above them, casting a huge shadow across the realm. The put one foot onto the drawbridge and…
  • “*Blank* inspires me because…
  • “She sat in the back of the car, zooming and turning round tight corners. They didn’t want to go to…”

How does the National Curriculum affect Handwriting?

The revised National Curriculum implemented in September 2014 has a number of requirements concerned with handwriting that have not appeared in earlier versions.  You can download our PDF summarising the requirements from Reception right up to Year 5 & 6.

Being able to write quickly (and legibly) enough for the requirements of work at secondary level is clearly of importance to a student and it is at Key Stage 2 that this skill needs to be established.  Here are 5 things you can do with Years 5 & 6 to help:


  • Make clear that you, the teacher, consider handwriting to be important.
  • Hold regular short sessions on developing handwriting skills e.g. is the writing an even size? can each letter be easily recognised?
  • Encourage individual practice of aspects needing improvement – little and often
  • Praise attempts at improvement in normal work
  • Put examples of students’ good writing on display

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