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When do they start to write with a pen at school? And is it still a traditional fountain pen?

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RandomIdiot Sun 14-Sep-08 22:58:58

title says it all.

janinlondon Mon 15-Sep-08 09:20:58

Year 3 and yes in our school.

RubyRioja Mon 15-Sep-08 09:21:45

When they earn a pen licence and no in ours

unknownrebelbang Mon 15-Sep-08 09:26:38

At some point during Year 3 and yes at our school.

angelstar Mon 15-Sep-08 09:50:33

year 5 in our school and no to fountain pens

RandomIdiot Mon 15-Sep-08 17:30:18


Are left handers still required to use a funtain pen?

Ruby - when do they typically earn their "pen licence"? I amssume this is based on quality of handwriting?

RubyRioja Mon 15-Sep-08 17:36:30

yr 3 or 4.
I think rather stupid as they do not appear to teach handwriting in any systematic way. Or provide any extra support for spider writers like my dd.

However, my 6 wks of badgering over the hols, complemented by writing out poems then illustrating OR just dd maturing a little, has resulted in better penmanship.

LIZS Mon 15-Sep-08 17:38:36

During Year 4 at ours and an ink pen

PoorOldEnid Mon 15-Sep-08 17:40:02

yr 3 or (more usual) yr 4 and no fountain pen

roisin Mon 15-Sep-08 17:56:23

Year 5 at ours and the use Berol Handwriting pens (kind of rollerball thingies).

Hulababy Mon 15-Sep-08 18:06:22

At DD's school it is sometime during Y3 I think. No to fountain pen though - think the girls get to choose.

MingMingtheWonderPet Mon 15-Sep-08 18:10:04

From Yr 3, thy have to earn their pen licence and that could be in Yr 3 or Yr 4.
no foutain pens, I think they use Berol handwriting pens

Smithagain Mon 15-Sep-08 18:32:59

In Year 2 at DD's school, IF they reach a point where they are writing confidently, with few mistakes and rubbings out.

The pens are school-issue, Berol fibre-tip handwriting pen. They are serious status symbols!

(DD's best friend has fabulous handwriting and DD has suddenly discovered the motivation to improve hers so that she "earns" a pen at the same time as her friend. I like her teacher's style grin )

DoubleBluff Mon 15-Sep-08 18:41:04

Yr3 if they complete the handwriting sheets. Berol handwriting pens too.

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