Letter Formation

As your child becomes more confident with their early writing they will begin to ask questions about how to hold their mark making tools appropriately and whether they are forming their letters correctly.


The expectation for most children at the end of their reception year is to ‘use a pencil and hold it effectively to form recognisable letters most of which are correctly formed’’.


It is important that we begin to ‘gently’ encourage them to hold their pens/pencils correctly and to form their letters accurately. If your child struggles with their pencil control you can purchase pencil grips from many stationers.


Please remember that children can practice forming letters in many different ways that are FUN including using their fingers in sand, glitter, flour, icing sugar etc. Outside they could use chalks or wet paintbrushes on the floor. Please remember that some younger children benefit from working on a larger scale rather than small pieces of paper.


At Mossley we use ‘shape families’ to teach letter formation. These letters all have a particular starting point and movement in common.

Please follow this useful link to help with handwriting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVf-LnFmt-U




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