What should a child aged 6 to 7 years be able to do?


Does your 6 to 7 year old’s handwriting look like this sample?

By Year 2, this is what teachers are expecting to see in 6 to 7 year old handwriting..clearly written words that have spaces.

In school, handwriting practice will often be 15 minutes a day

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.

6 to 7 year old handwriting sample

This is what they should be doing by now

6 to 7 year old handwriting, the journey continues!

At school, the learning topics are varied and will help your child understand more about the world around them.

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.

Reviewing 6 to 7 year old handwriting and improving on their own work is a crucial skill when wishing to improve handwriting. In Year 1 this is started and it is often achieved by looking at how and what they have written.

In school, 6 to 7 year old handwriting practice will often be 15 minutes a day. Often in Year 3 handwriting practice is daily. The timing of this can vary and some school timetables show this being an after lunch activity.

Handwriting skills by now

  • Have Legible Handwriting. All letters and words are easy to read.
  • Enjoy Writing. Finds this an easy method to communicate ideas.
  • Controls The Pencil. Making some vertical and round marks on the paper that are clear and without wobbles.
  • Use Correct Muscle Pressure. The pencil marks are neither too light or too dark.
  • All Letters Formed Correctly. Without any reversals or change in direction.
  • Apply Grammar Rules. Using capital letters and full stops.
  • Write Using Cursive Handwriting (joined up). Write words without taking the pen off the paper.
  • Use Correct Letter Size. Letters that are tall or go below the line can be clearly seen.
  • Place spaces between words. Has gaps between words that are not too large or too small.
  • Sit Well. Sit 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 (tripod grip). Writes using this grip and does not say their hand hurts when writing.
  • Uses One Hand. Has a preferred hand dominance.
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