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.

At Cranbrook CE Primary School, we use the Letter Join Scheme to support the teaching of handwriting.

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 alphabet at Cranbrook.

Click here for our letter formation phrases.