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Leighton Primary School

Handwriting c o a d g 20.4.20

Warm up

Here are some activities you can use with your child to warm up their upper body for handwriting, and make the muscles in their shoulders, arms and hands stronger.

Choose a Boogie Beebies dance. Encourage your child to make big movements with their arms, lifting them above their heads when this is part of the dance.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc/clips

Choose 1 or 2 hand exercises from these ideas.

Tommy thumb rhyme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abWFIy0r9Fs

Finger and hand exercises https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Roj9Kc6a-bw

If you have play dough, you could use it to exercise to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JaF0mjG4e8

Sing Incy Wincy Spider using hand actions for the spider, rain and sunshine. https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-incy-wincy-spider/zr4yt39

Practise letter shapes in the air

Week 1 – Practise c o a d g.

We use the rhymes to remember how to write each letter correctly from the Read Write Inc programme. Look at these slides for the letters c o a d g to see where to start each letter (look for the pencil) and say the rhymes with your child so they know which direction to move in.

Make the letter shapes in the air as you practise saying the letter rhymes.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYYSBProJH4

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME SHORT CLIPS OF THESE LETTERS BEING WRITTEN, WITH THE RHYMES, ON A TAPESTRY OBSERVATION CALLED 'Handwriting 20.4.20 c o a d g' 

Then practise writing the letters. You can use pencils, pens, chalk on the pavement or crayons. You can also sprinkle a thin layer of flour on a tray or table and practise the letters in this.  

Next draw lines for your child to write on. Show them how to position the letters using the line; c o a and d sit on the line, the curved part of the g sits on the line and then the long part hangs below it.

If your child’s writing is big, draw 2 lines for them to write the letters between. Make them a little bit smaller than their letters are now to help them write a little smaller.

When the letters are written correctly every time, write some words with these letters such as dad, add, go, do, dog. In handwriting, children can copy letters and words because they are just focussing on writing the letters correctly and neatly, not the spelling.