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Pencil grip is the most important part of handwriting. Children can develop poor pencil grip habits, which might not be a problem in the Early stages but makes it harder later on in school. Please use the pencil grip guide.

Pencil Grip

Secondly children need to develop their pencil control. doing this along lines and shapes is an excellent way to improve their coordination. There are ideas below that you can easily replicate at home and ask your child to practise. 

Bunny hops Lines.  Patterns

Moving onto letter formation. All letters are grouped by action/starting point:

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Curly Caterpillars: Ladder Letters: One Armed Robots: Zig Zag Monsters:
c, a, o, q, g, d, e, s, f    l, I, t, j, y, u  r, b, n, h, m, k, p v, w, x, z


The ideas below prepped by our teachers help show you how to do the letters.

 Here are some creative ideas:

Curly Caterpillars: 


Number formation

We use these rhymes in the Early Years and Key Stage One to help children form their letters correctly.  It is helpful to say the rhymes whilst making the large shape of the number in the air. Always start bigger and the children will get smaller as they refine it. Remember when they  are writing numbers it does always have be with a pencil; numbers in shaving foam, sand at home or on the beach, making a shape with favourite items such as pasta and then drawing their finger over them for practise.  Numbers always start at the top.