Getting Ready for Writing

We will model how to form letters (graphemes) correctly, so that children can eventually acquire a fluent and legible handwriting style. These skills develop over a long period of time. A child’s ability to form a letter correctly is a separate skill from phonics. Holding a pen or pencil needs considerable co-ordination and practice in making small movements with hands and fingers.

In the early stages of phonics, children can use letter cards or magnetic letters to demonstrate their knowledge of phonics.

Writing in lower case letters

We teach lower case letters as well as capital letters. As most writing will be in lower case letters it is useful if you can use these at home. A good start is for your child to write their name correctly, starting with a capital letter followed by lower case letters.

We use the fully cursive handwriting script – see below:

How we write at Horndale

As the children progress they will be introduced to other phonemes.

They will also be taught the ‘tricky’ words – those that cannot be read or spelt using the sounds of the letters, for example, to, no, the, go. This will be achieved through the use of flash cards and games.

As the children make even more progress, they will be introduced to the remaining phonemes, and given time to practice and consolidate their new learning.

Obviously, the more children are exposed to activities involving letters and sounds, the quicker they will consolidate their newly acquired skills.

Your involvement in this new learning is vital, and we ask that whenever possible you take time to encourage them to use their new knowledge through the activities outlined above.

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