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Leighton Primary School


When children are young, it is important that they learn how to write each letter correctly from the start. In school children write in lower case letters, and the capital letters are only used to start a sentence or a name.

In school, we would follow this sequence of activities when handwriting.

  1. Warm up our bodies and dance first, making sure all our upper body muscles are exercised including the shoulders, arms, wrists and hands. Then warm up the hands and fingers/thumb.
  2. Practise writing letters in the air making big shapes and saying the rhyme for each letter. We practise a small group of letters that have the same movements and shapes together. A document with all the letter rhymes is attached below. The k is written with a loop at school but we say the rhyme that's on the chart. 
  3. Next pick up the writing tool and check your child can hold it correctly in a tripod grip.  (See below for guidance.)
  4. Then write each letter correctly about 3-4 times, saying the letter rhyme each time we write it. Some letters may need to be practised more or practised over more than 1 session.  

Please practise handwriting 2 or 3 times a week for about 10-15 minutes each time. 

The handwriting plans will be updated each Monday.  Please look in the folder on the right. 

Please email if you have any questions. 

How to hold a pencil (or other writing tool)

Make sure your child holds the pencil in a tripod grip and then he/she will be able to write without getting tired. The pads of the index finger and thumb should be pressed against the pencil. The middle finger can hold the pencil beside the index finger or be placed under the pencil for it to rest on. The last 2 fingers should be tucked into the palm. Your child can rest their forearm on the table.

There is information on the tripod grip on this web page.