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Handwriting

Handwriting is a useful, elegant and essential branch of education.

Our aim at Richmond Hill is for children to develop legible, fluent and efficient handwriting.

 

In general, children who feel good about their handwriting are far more motivated to write, therefore we spend lots of time at Richmond Hill working on children’s handwriting.

 

Handwriting, as in other skills, children will develop at different rates; when children first start we work hard on gross motor and fine motor skills following our programs of ‘Write Dance’ and ‘Dough Disco’. Please see more details on their pages. When children are ready we move onto learning to form letters correctly; the school handwriting font is Primary Sassoon cursive font, and teachers will follow teaching letters to the pattern of:

 

Letter formation

‘Long ladder letters i.e. letters l, t, i, u, j, y.

‘Curly caterpillar’ letters - These are anti-clockwise and round, i.e: c, a, g, q, o, e, f, s, and numbers: 0, 6, 8, 9

‘Bouncing ball’ letters: r, n, m, p, h, b, d, p, r. Numbers 2, 3, 5 follow a clockwise direction.

Finally teach the ‘Zigzag’ letters: v, w, x, k, z. Numbers: 1, 4, 7.

 

A few of our children by the time they reach years 5 and 6 will start to join letters and these are taught following the patterns below:

 

Joined letters

Horizontal join from a letter which finishes at the top to a letter which starts at the top e.g. on

Diagonal join from a letter which finishes at the line to a letter which starts at the top e.g. in.

Diagonal join from a letter which finishes at the line to a letter with an ascender e.g. it.

Diagonal join from a letter which finishes at the top to a letter with an ascender e.g. ot.

 

Here are some examples of our progression in handwriting:

 

 

Hamdaan Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18'

Hamdaan Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18' 1
Hamdaan Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18' 2

Gabriel Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18'

Gabriel Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18' 1
Gabriel Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18' 2

Eshal Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18'

Eshal Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18' 1
Eshal Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18' 2

Maria Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18'

Maria Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18' 1
Maria Autumn 1 16' and Autumn 2 18' 2
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