The skill of handwriting needs to be taught explicitly. It is not a natural skill that will grow and develop like speaking or walking. It is a motor activity (a movement stored in the body) rather than a conscious memory.

Please click here for more information on how we teach handwriting.

How can I help my child develop their handwriting?

You can help by asking your child these questions: 

  • Are all the letters the same size? 
  • Are all the down strokes parallel? 
  • Are the heights of the ascenders and descenders regular? 
  • Is the space between the words even? 
  • Is the writing a reasonable size? 
  • How could you improve your presentation? 


For fluent writers, extend skills by: 

  • Encouraging children to evaluate their own and others' writing.
  • Attempt to write faster whilst retaining fluency and legibility. 
  • Setting time challenges for each other. 


                    Below is an example of how we form the cursive alphabet at Cranbrook.