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Handwriting at Home

Handwriting at Home

At Gascoigne Primary School we follow the Nelson letter formation scheme of work. As we teach children new letters in phonics we model the correct formation and size for each letter.


Throughout the day we encourage children to record and write their experiences and learning in a variety of play based activities, modelling and ensuring that all children practice the correct letter formation. 


At home you can practice the letters, ideally with a pen and paper. 


We will be uploading individual videos of each letter being written, focusing on the starting points and where to finish the letter. 


Throughout the year we will also be sending home practice sheets to support your child's handwriting. 


If you have any questions about your child's handwriting development or want to show your child's handwriting at home, please contact your child's teacher on See Saw.

Finger Warm Up Exercises for Handwriting and Fine Motor Dexterity

Before children can write and form their letters correctly they must gain a control over their fingers and develop their hand eye coordination. Here is a simple warm up activity before you write or draw at home.

Crocodile Snap Pencil Grasp Childrens Song

We will teach the children how to correctly hold a pencil, for this we will do lots of activities to build up children's coordination of their thumb, index and middle finger. When we use these two fingers and our thumb it is called a tri pod grip. Crocodile Snap is a children's song designed to help children improve the fine motor skills the need to hold a pencil.

How to hold a pencil