Twyford school was one of the first schools to take on the Hemispheres Think Write programme and this year we requested samples from the same students who first used the programme, and had a look on how their hand writing has continued. We took a sample from 26 students (n=16 boys, n=10 girls). These students are now in Year 5 and it is obvious the results are promising. One of the main goals of the Think Write programme is too keep children in a cursive writing style.
From our results 100% of girls were in cursive whilst a still very high 94% of boys were in cursive.
This shows how that using this programme from an early age embeds the correct writing style in a child’s memory and will therefore hugely benefit them in the future. Data between girls fluctuated as the boys combined scored an average score of 17/26 whereas the girls had an average of 21/26. It is generally the pattern seen as there is a much larger range of scores with the boy’s results. The boys have a range of 14 where the girls only have a range of 5. The larger range with boys is due to there being more boys sampled than girls which allows for a much larger array of results and multiple different scores.
The speed of hand writing is also important and is very similar between boys and girls. Boys had an average of 17 words per minute and girls had an average of 16 words per minute. These results are above the average that these students would be expected to be at. As seen from the displayed data above it is clear that the Think Write programme is a beneficial investment as the techniques taught are still used in their writing today and isn’t just something that stays with them for a year or two, but something that stays with them for life.