In recent years we have introduced a new handwriting scheme called Letterjoin, to support handwriting at school. Pupils can also log onto Letter-join at home, accessing lots of resources including touch-screen activities on iPads and tablets.
Letter-join animates every capital and lower case letter along with numbers and punctuation to model the correct formation, enabling the children to produce neater handwriting with consistent spacing, letter sizes and introducing joins.
Below is an alphabet mat showing how capital letters and lower case letters should be formed. The red dot shows where each letter should begin when writing.
Working at the Expected Standard:
- form capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters.
- use spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters.
Working Above the Expected Standard/ Greater Depth:
As above but also, the children can
- use the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join some letters.
Each week in our handwriting lesson the children initially revisit how to form letters correctly then progress to horizontal and diagonal joins being introduced.
They are then sent home with this to practice throughout the week in their green handwriting book at home.
Miss Connor will be running a handwriting club to practice fine motor skills and letter formation with the Year 2 children as well.
Below you will find example lessons which we use in school, please feel free to use these at home for extra practice.