They will be consolidating what they have already learned in Year 1.
By now a child should be able to hold a pencil in their dominant hand, form alphabet letters and begin to use diagonal strokes which are the key skill when needing to join letters together.
They will know that neat and legible handwriting only happens when they are sitting at a desk. They will also have learned how to angle the paper when writing and this is essential to know as it makes writing more comfortable at the wrist joint. Angling the paper is different depending on which hand you hold your pencil in.
Between the ages of 6 to 7 years, a child’s handwriting journey continues. They may be introduced to the concept of handwriting rewards or handwriting licences. This is when they are given motivational incentives to improve their handwriting and are allowed to use a pen rather than only a pencil to write with.
To show their knowledge a child will be writing news reports, stories, poetry and writing about their personal experiences. Furthermore, children aged between 6 to 7 years, will be completing a major development in their educational learning.
At school, the learning topics are varied and will help your child understand more about the world around them. Children aged 6 to 7 years will be discovering the facts about key pioneers in history. They will also be learning about different countries, their traditions and sometimes even trying out the food. Discovering how Florence Nightingale influenced modern day nursing as well as become historical detectives by finding out about The Great War and The Great Plague. At this time in school, they will learn about buildings, their age and the materials used to build them. They will learn my personal favourite: about superheroes as well as plant species and how we as humans grow.
Handwriting practice should be…
About reviewing and improving on their own work. This is a crucial skill when wishing to improve handwriting. It is often achieved by looking at how they have written their work and what grammar knowledge have they applied. A child should be asking themselves:
- Does it start with a capital letter?
- Is there a full stop?
- Do they need to use a comma, explanation mark or question mark?
What can you do to help?
Encourage them to stay motivated and start to review their own work. I often ask children to rate their work out of 10, 10 being best and 0 being no one can read it. The aim is that their scores will increase over time along with their confidence.
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