Getting Handwriting Right

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What does good handwriting look like? How can you tell if a child is on the right track?
This will help.

Year 1

  • lower-case letters are written in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • the pupil can write capital letters
  • the pupil can write digits 0-9
  • Here’s what good looks like

Year 2

  • pupil is writing lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another
  • the pupil is starting to join up their letters
  • pupil is able to write capital letters and digits of the correct size, orientation and relationship to one another and to lower-case letters
  • pupil is using spacing between words that reflects the size of the letters
  • Here’s what good looks like

And here’s how a pencil should be held correctly:
How to hold a pencil

Year 3 and 4

  • pupil is joining up their letters
  • pupil’s handwriting is becoming increasingly neater, legible and the quality is more consistent
  • Here’s what good looks like

Year 5 and 6

  • pupil can produce a neat, joined up legible script
  • pupil can speed up their handwriting by:
    • choosing which shape of a letter to use when given choices and deciding whether or not to join specific letters
    • choosing the writing implement that is best suited for a task
  • Here’s what good looks like