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Handwriting h b k p 18.5.20

This week we are going to carry on practising the letters that start at the top and always go down first, then come straight back up the same line before going over to the right. Last week we practised r n m.

This week we will practise h b p k

Dance to warm up your hands, arms and shoulders. Make sure you make big movements with your arms. 

‘I Can Move My Body Like anything.’

Choose one or two activities to warm up the hands.

Finger aerobics

Walk like a crab Sit on the floor with your hands behind you, fingers facing forwards. Lift up your bottom and you are ready to move! Can you move forwards, backwards and sideways? Can you walk to the other side of the room, collect something to carry on your tummy and then walk back again?

Use pegs, one in each hand, to pick up small items such as short pieces of string/wool, Lego bricks or soft toys. Or see how many pegs you can clip to the bottom of a curtain. Make sure only the thumb and first 2 fingers squeeze the peg. The last 2 fingers should be tucked up tight into the palm.

Practise letter shapes in the air

Watch all letters being written correctly on this film. Join in by writing the letters in the air.

Look at these letters h b k p 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. Start off making the letters really big in the air, then gradually make them smaller.

The letter k has a loop when we write it at school. Please amke sure the k is written with one continuous line without the pencil coming off the paper.  This is so it can be joined to other letters.


Practise writing the letters. Use pencils, pens, chalk on the pavement or crayons. Or sprinkle a thin layer of flour on a tray or table and practise the letters in this. If using the flour, your child could hold a cotton bud or a pencil upside down to write with.

Next draw lines for your child to write on. Show them how to position the letters all sitting on the line, except p. The round part of p sits on the line and the straight part goes 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 pop, kip, hop, book, hook.  In handwriting, children can copy letters and words because they are just focussing on writing the letters correctly and neatly, not the spelling. 

Below are some pencil control activity sheets and mazes on the theme of frogs, caterpillars and butterflies to link to our weekly activities on change. You could draw your own mazes instead of printing these, and if your child needs a challenge, print out 4 sheets to a page. The smaller and narrower the pathways, then the trickier it will be to stay within the lines.