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Handwriting practise for letter formation

The previous page outlines the order in which the school introduces each letter.

Children will be taught to:

• sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly

• begin to form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place

• understand which letters belong to which handwriting ‘families’ (i.e. letters that are formed in similar ways) and to practise these.


Holding the pen or pencil correctly allows the fingers and wrists to move freely without putting strain on the hand, helping to improve handwriting and making it more comfortable. The Tripod Pencil Grip is the best way to hold a pencil, for both right and left handed writers, however this isn’t the easiest grip to learn. Luckily, with lots of practise and reinforcement, it can be achieved!




Once the child knows all their letters it is best to practice letter formation of letters that are formed in a similar way.  We call these groups handwriting families:


Ranskill Letter Formation Flashcards with Formation Rhymes