As a consequence of the enforced school closure, Welsh Government produced guidance on learning in schools from the autumn term, asking schools to consider planning learning experiences which focused upon “what is important for learners now and in the longer-term?”. We immediately set about identifying and developing our Autumn term priorities for learning.
One such priority was Handwriting formation, pace and stamina. We use a variety of strategies to support pupils as they learn how to form letters which, if taught and learnt correctly, will aid children’s developing writing speed and fluency.
Handwriting practice can be hugely beneficial where children can reinforce what they are being taught in school. At Brynmill Primary School, we use a letter formation style called cursive script and pre – cursive script (for pupils who are not quite ready to use cursive script). Our own teaching staff have made and found a range of videos aimed at supporting parents who wish to help their child practice their handwriting at home.
You can see from the videos that practicing letter formation can be fun. We hope that you find them useful.
Here’s a couple of videos we have made to show a sensory approach to practicing letter formation
This is a cursive writing demonstration
Here’s a video we have made on handwriting and mindfulness
Three super easy and cheap activities you can do at home to help your child during their writing journey.
Find out how to make handwriting fun with these games, activities and rhymes.
Here’s a video we have made using a graphic pad to show the starting point, direction and exit of each letter.