What should a child aged 5 to 6 years be able to do?


Does your 5 to 6 year old’s handwriting look like this sample?
By Year 1, this is what teachers are expecting to see in 5 to 6 year old handwriting… letters and words that are being clearly written
In school, handwriting practice will be 15 minutes a day

At school children will be asked to start sequencing sentences to form short stories. They will be expected to begin to use capital letters, full stops, explanation marks and question marks within their work.

Similar to pupils in Year 2, handwriting practice in Year 1 is often 15 minutes a day. This is the only time they have to continue to develop their handwriting skills within the school day.

5 to 6 year old handwriting sample

This is what they should be doing by now

At 5 to 6 year old handwriting is all about writing words clearly

Between the ages of 5 to 6 years, the school curriculum teaches your child about plants, the seasons, the names of body parts and different animals. This is a time for children to develop the meaning to the handwriting patterns and letter strokes that they have previously learned when writing in their topic books.

For children aged 5 to 6 years being at school and learning about handwriting is an exciting time. They will have already spent one year at school, having made a lot of new friends and are keen to learn as much as possible. This is also the time when you may hear a lot of ‘why’ questions as they wish to understand more about the world around them.

In class, they are learning how to form alphabet letters, write words and write number 0 to 9. Occasionally at this age, there are some letter and number reversals. The most common ones are the number 3 and the letter R. As a parent of a child aged 5 to 6 years you should not be too concerned about this.

Handwriting skills by now

  • Writes The Alphabet. Able to copy the sequence of letters.
  • Completes Handwriting Patterns. Without a change in direction.
  • Controls The Pencil. Making all marks on the paper clear and without wobbles.
  • Write Using Cursive Handwriting. Joins letters together.
  • Sit Well. With their feet flat on the floor, bottom at the back of a chair and at a desk.
  • Holds The Paper. Using their non-dominant hand to stop the paper from moving.
  • 3 Fingered Pencil Grip. Writes using the 'tripod grip'.
  • Uses one hand. Has a preferred hand dominance.
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