At this age, a child’s handwriting needs to develop greater letter legibility. This is so they can use lovely descriptive words to demonstrate their new learning.
A child’s writing should have clear ascender and descender letters. Using the example of the letters b and p. The letter b should be on the line with the vertical stroke higher than the main body of text. The letter p is clearly below the line. They should also be joining their alphabet letters and using diagonal strokes to link each letter with another.
At school, they will be learning about a variety of science, history, and geography topics. Topics include forces, magnets and electricity, Tudors and the Tudor life, Ancient Egyptians, Stone/Bronze/Iron Ages, and explorers. In geography, they will be learning about rainforests, Artic/Antarctic and hearing about countries across the world that are different from the UK.
During this time a child’s stories will be expected to have more descriptive elements. They should be creating settings, characters, and plots. A child should still be evaluating their own work including their handwriting and they are expected to be using punctuation with limited prompting.
Handwriting practice should be…
About improving letter legibility. A child should still be evaluating their own work including their handwriting and they are expected to be using punctuation with limited prompting.
You can help them by teaching them about how letters need to sit clearly below or above the line. Writing on graph paper is helpful as a visual guide for improving letter formation and word spacing.
What can you do to help?
At this age children can often become aware of their own handwriting difficulties. If they become de-motivated it is important to ask them to continue to practice by doing activities that capture their interest and imagination.
Mazes and word searches continue to help develop pencil control skills. Crosswords can help a child practice reducing their letter size and story writing can help them capture their imagination as well as give them an opportunity to write legible words/sentences.
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