What should a child aged 8 to 11 years be able to do?


Does your 8 to 11 year old’s handwriting look like this sample?

By Year 6, this is what teachers are expecting to see in 8 to 11 year old handwriting…that all the handwriting skills have been mastered and your child is writing using the cursive handwriting (joined up) style.

In school, handwriting practice will vary from 30 minutes a week to Zero (Eek!)

In school, your child will be showing their academic knowledge by writing stories, non-fiction writing, poetry, and plays. These stories should have good spelling and punctuation. Topics they will study include World War II, time zones around the world, Remembrance Day, space and solar systems.

Often in Years 4 and 5 any handwriting practice is linked with a weekly spelling test, taking approximately 30 minutes per week for both handwriting and spellings to be completed. By Year 6, no time is usually set aside for handwriting practice within the school day.

8 to 11 year old handwriting sample

This is what they should be doing by now

8 to 11 year old handwriting is all about speed!

Between the ages of 8 to 11 years, a child should have developed and mastered all essential handwriting skills.

They no longer need to concentrate on how to write but should be thinking about what they are writing. Now is the time that a child is developing what is called muscle memory.

Muscle memory is when the brain needs to remember the hand movements your child makes to write specific letters and words without looking at them being formed. Only when this occurs can your child increase the speed of their handwriting.

Muscle memory is acquired by repeated handwriting practice. Unfortunately, there is no other way.

Handwriting skills by now

  • Write Fast. Writes at the same speed or faster than their friends.
  • Use Correct Muscle Pressure. The pencil marks are neither too light or too dark.
  • Have Neat Handwriting. All letters and words are easy to read.
  • Enjoy Writing. Finds this an easy method to communicate ideas.
  • 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. 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.
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