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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond


The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.


The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.


The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.


The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.


Warm Up Exercises: Fine Motor Skills

It's encouraged to wake up and warm up our fingers before any handwriting with some of our fun exercises.  We've included some You Tube videos for you to watch and join in with below.

Crocodile Snap Pencil Grasp Children's Song


Below are some of the patterns used to encourage the correct hand movement which prepare us for letter formation. Initially we would use big arm movements, ensuring pupils start at the grey dot and follow the correct directions shown.  Some children love to create these movements with ribbon sticks (Instructions on how to make these can be found below).

This is developed to tracing and then copying the patterns with a pencil onto paper reinforcing the tripod grip.

Practice Worksheets:

Letter-join have some fabulous work sheets to allow the children to practice these patterns, creating fun artwork along the way.  Once you've completed the patterns with a pencil why not grab some colours and repeat until there's no space on the paper left!