‘Write Size’ Pencil – Does it make any difference to a class of Year 3 children?

  • The Pencil Control of all but one child improved when using the ‘Write Size’ Pencil.
  • The Writing Speed of 75% of the children increased when using the ‘Write Size’ Pencil
  • There is a potential that increased pencil control and faster writing speed could have significant impact not only on Handwriting but also on the children’s performance in Numeracy and Writing.


The Tests

  1. Pencil control and fluidity;  2. Handwriting Speed.

The results

  1. Pencil Control and Fluidity;

The Pencil Control is measured by the ability of the pupil to draw between parallel lines without touching or crossing those lines.

Out of thirty two, seven to eight year old pupils, thirty one showed improved pencil control and fluidity using a ‘Write Size’ pencil compared to their usual standard classroom pencil.

  1. Handwriting Speed

The Handwriting Speed is measured by the number of letters per minute written by the pupil when repeatedly writing their name.

On average the pupils wrote 12% faster using the ‘Write Size’ pencils which equates to an average of 8.25 letters per minute (1.5 words per minute).

My view as a primary school head teacher was that there were two key essentials to a child’s handwriting:

  1. The handwriting has to be reasonably and easily legible
  2. Handwriting has to be done automatically and quickly.

There is generally a link between writing speed and attainment in Writing and Numeracy but no correlation in Reading. In crude terms ‘No matter what is in my head, if I can’t bung it down quickly I can’t show you how good I am, and my thinking may be slowed down as well! So anything that will speed up my handwriting is going to help me to do better in Writing and Numeracy’.

Pete Griffin 27/04/2017

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