Billing Brook School


Handwriting at Billing Brook is taught on many levels. From gross motor skills development to fine motor skills and then to specific handwriting, we are able to address many skills at an individual level. 

Within gross motor skills, supporting strategies such as music and movement, PE and large scale body movement, as well as links with the occupational therapists and sensory development ensures that pupils are able to improve their arm movements as well as core stability.

Within fine motor skills work we are able to support pupils in their muscle strength and finger dexterity which ensures pencil grip and control are supported when they are ready to mark make and form letters or symbols. Activities such as developing their pincer grip and manipulating materials are seen throughout the school. 

Foundations of Writing

A programme designed to develop, work on or introduce key fine and gross motor skills for children and young people to become successful and confident writers. 

Using sport to Educate, Engage and Inspire; Northampton Saints Foundation offer support in tackling pre-writers and/or reluctant writers, of whom may –  

  • Working below writing expected standards
  • Struggle with handwriting
  • Disengaged from the writing process
  • Reluctant or lack confidence to write 

This intervention programme is suitable for a wide variety of ages through its adaptability, engaging and creative approach which offers learners the chance to develop their physical skills. 

Over five weekly sessions, six areas of gross motor skill are targeted; hand eye co-ordination, hand dominance, upper body strength, ability to cross the midline, balance and object manipulation, all of which are embedded within both rugby and an individuals foundations of writing. Throughout multi-sport sessions, which aim to meet children’s needs across all learning styles, children will develop motivation and confidence within their writing as well as the core physical skills which underpin it. 

Occupational Therapy

We have onsite occupational therapists who support our pupils in their sensory diets. However, alongside this they can support pupils in their coordination, finger dexterity, core control and ability to cross the midline. All of these are essential for handwriting as they support the development of fine motor skills required for pencil control and manipulation. 


The following shows some of the strategies we use to support fine and gross motor skills in the curriculum Fine and Gross Motor skills