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Leighton Primary School

Handwriting i l t j 1.6.20

This week we are going to write the letters that start at the top and always go straight down. The i and l have a flick, and the j and t have a curve at the bottom. 

This week we will practise i l t j

Dance to warm up your hands, arms and shoulders.

Dance to the Boggie Beebies ‘Pirates!’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Q0diKmWtUE

Choose one or two activities to warm up the hands.

Can your fingers dance like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEnyDrGPByE

Bunny hops Crouch down on the floor with your hands flat on the floor in front with in front of you. Lean forward onto your hands and give a little kick backwards with your feet. Keep your legs tucked up and feet near your bottom. See if you can do five.

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

Join in with Jack Hartmann writing the letters of the alphabet in the air. Remember that our k has a loop and please add flicks for letters that end by touching down to the line. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRrYgWH8ffw

Look at these letters i t l j 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.

https://www.slideshare.net/ReadingWhisperer/letter-formation-phrases-speech-sound-pics-alphabetical-order

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE SOME SHORT CLIPS OF THESE LETTERS BEING WRITTEN, WITH THE RHYMES, ON A TAPESTRY OBSERVATION CALLED 'Handwriting 1.6.20 i l t j 

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 apart from j which goes below the line

Some children can confuse the i and j and get the curve on the j and the flick on the i the wrong way round. If this happens write a pattern of i j i j i j to help them see the difference.

When the letters are written correctly every time, write some words with these letters such as lit, little, jig, jiggle, jot, tot.  In handwriting, children can copy letters and words because they are just focussing on writing the letters correctly and neatly, not the spelling.