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Handwriting

  • Pre-School
  • Reception
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
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Reception

Here at Super Brainy Beans we will teach you how to write using cursive handwriting. Learning the cursive style from the start may seem hard but it will become easier when starting to join up letters to make words.

Each letter has a lead in and a lead out. These will eventually be used to link letters together. For now we will be practicing letters on their own.

Straight up and down letters

These letters are easy just up and down.

lit
Worksheet l Worksheet i Worksheet t

Bounce up letters

These letters all bounce up when the reach the bottom line. Think of your pencil bouncing on a trampoline.

hnm
Worksheet h Worksheet n Worksheet m
pbk
Worksheet p Worksheet b Worksheet k

Year 1

Capital Letters

Capital Letter Rules:

  1. All capital letters sit above the line.
  2. Capital letters start from the top.
  3. Capital letters stand alone, they don't join to any other letters. Very unfriendly!
Capital Letters Handwriting practice
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Year 3

It's important to continue to practice the cursive style of writing. Use these worksheets to help practice your writing.

Copy the sentence in the guided lines then have a go a writing the sentence on your own making sure the tall letter are tall and the letters that swing under the line do so.

Handwriting sentences
oa sentences

Year 4

Handwriting check

SEATING POSITION - Are you sitting comfortably? Ideally your chair and table should be the correct height for you. You should be able to place your feet on the floor and the table should be at about elbow height.

ON THE LINE - Are all your letters sitting on the line?

Sit your letters on the line for neater handwriting. Try sitting with the paper slanted to the right, if you are right handed, or slanted left if you are left handed. This will make it easier to keep your letters on the line.

SPACING - Are your letters evenly spaced? What about your words?

Leave enough space for a letter o between your words. See how many o's you can place in between your words.

Top Tip If your handwriting needs improving in several areas try just changing one thing a week. Concentrate on improving one thing at a time makes it easier to remember.

Year 5

Improve Handwriting

It's important to keep a check on your handwriting so that it stays clear and easy to read. Here are some things you should check when writing.

SIZE - Are all your small letters the same size? Draw a line along the top of the small letters to see if they are.

Practice writing on ruled paper with guide lines to get all your letters the same size.

SHAPE - Are all your letters the same style? Mixing different styles does not look good. Pick a style and stick to it.

Check your are forming all your letters correctly. Not joining certain letters can change the word.

Practice with our worksheets on the letters you need to form correctly.

SLANTING - If your writing is slanted make sure it is always slanted in the same direction.

LEAD IN's - Up until now you have been taught to add lead in's for every letter, for neat handwriting leave out the lead in's at the beginning of words.

Top Tip If your handwriting needs improving in several areas try just changing one thing a week. Concentrate on improving one thing at a time makes it easier to remember.

Year 6

Handwriting Improvement

At this stage having is really important. With SATS this year examiners are not going to spend time working out what you have written, instead you are more likely to get a wrong answer even if your answer is correct.

So lets review your handwriting. Find a piece of writing look closely.

Handwriting Analysis

SEATING POSITION - Are you sitting comfortably? Ideally your chair and table should be the correct height for you. You should be able to place your feet on the floor and the table should be at about elbow height.

SIZE - Are all your small letters the same size? Draw a line along the top of the small letters to see if they are.

Practice writing on ruled paper with guide lines to get all your letters the same size.

SHAPE - Are all your letters the same style? Mixing different styles does not look good. Pick a style and stick to it.

Check your are forming all your letters correctly. Not joining certain letters can change the word.

Practice with our worksheets on the letters you need to form correctly.

ON THE LINE - Are all your letters sitting on the line?

Sit your letters on the line for neater handwriting. Try sitting with the paper slanted to the right, if you are right handed, or slanted left if you are left handed. This will make it easier to keep your letters on the line.

SPACING - Are your letters evenly spaced? What about your words?

Leave enough space for a letter o between your words. See how many o's you can place in between your words.

SLANTING - If your writing is slanted make sure it is always slanted in the same direction.

JOINED - Use joined up writing. It will make your writing faster because you don't have to lift your pen so often and it looks neater.

LEAD IN's - Up until now you have been taught to add lead in's for every letter, for neat handwriting leave out the lead in's at the beginning of words.

Top Tip If your handwriting needs improving in several areas try just changing one thing a week. Concentrate on improving one thing at a time makes it easier to remember.

Improving your handwriting speed

It's sometimes hard to keep up in Year 6 if your handwriting is slow. Here are some tips to help you keep up.

PEN - Using the right pen is important. A ball point pen or biro will slow you down as the ink doesn't flow very quickly and it tends to make you press harder on the paper.

A gel pen is ok and better than a biro but the best pen to use are the Berol Handwriting pens as the ink flows faster with out much pressure on the paper.

GRIP - Check how tightly you are holding your pen. This can slow you down and create messy writing. Try relaxing the pen in your hand and not press so hard on the paper. Again the right pen will help you with this. See above.

SIZE - If your handwriting is too big then you are putting a lot of time and effort into moving your pen up and down. Try making your handwriting smaller. Use our ruled guided paper to help.

ARMS & FINGERS - When you are writing your fingers should be creating the up and down movements of the letters. Your arm should be used to move along the line. This will give you a nice straight line of writing and save time instead of your fingers doing all the work.

 

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