Our Year 4 pupils put pencil to paper this week to write an introductory letter to members of the Salisbury Cathedral School alumni who volunteered to participate in a new handwriting initiative. The children have each been allocated a penpal who has agreed to exchange at least three letters during this academic year.
Year 4 is important because it’s the time when pupils become eligible to be awarded a pen licence. Pen licences are only issued to pupils with excellent handwriting and allow the bearer to write with fountain pen instead of pencil. The children tend to be very eager to make the grade and we are lucky that previous staff and pupils of the school agreed to help.
The dual purpose of the project is both to provide a new and interesting handwriting opportunity for the pupils and create cross generational links between members of our wider school community. The penpals will be able to delve into shared experiences of life at SCS and how it has changed over time.