Handwriting

Handwriting

Legible and fluent handwriting is a gift that will last your child a lifetime but it's very tricky to master. In this section of the site you'll find lots of information about how your child learns to write, handwriting activities and steps to better handwriting, as well as advice on how to help your child through each of the handwriting stages – from patterning to printing to joined-up (cursive).

You'll also find lots of handwriting worksheets for your child to practise with and we'd also recommend you look at the unique Handwriting Learning Journey for a complete programme of worksheets.

Articles

Common handwriting problems
Common handwriting problems and solutions
Illegible handwriting? Huge letters? Strange pencil grip? Struggles with left-handed writing? If your child is finding handwriting hard, perhaps it’s one of these four issues. Find out more about how to tackle these common problems with advice from the National Handwriting Association's Angela Webb.
Little girl handwriting
Handwriting practice: what all parents need to know
If you’re worried about your child’s handwriting and want to help them improve, you’re not alone – handwriting is an essential skill, but we all have to learn it, and it’s a very complex task. Legible, neat handwriting takes lots of practice – here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re working with your child at home.
Dynamic tripod grasp explanation video
Video: The dynamic tripod grasp explained
Video advice and tips to help establish a good handwriting position, including details of the dynamic tripod grasp (the ideal hand position for writing) and why it's best for children to hold their pencil in this way when they're writing.

Worksheets

Curly caterpillar letters cursive handwriting practice worksheets
Curly caterpillar letters cursive handwriting practice
Grab some felt tips and settle down for some handwriting practice! Our cursive patterning worksheets help children develop their 'joined-up' writing skills by encouraging smooth, flowing movements and shapes that are consistent in size and setting.
Handwriting practice paper
Handwriting practice paper
Help your child form letters at the correct relative size and place them correctly on the 'base' writing line with our free printable handwriting practice paper. Two formats with guidelines are included, one for beginner writers and one to help children improve their handwriting skills.
Handwriting high frequency words
Handwriting high frequency words
Boost handwriting and spelling skills with this worksheet. The focus is on some of the high-frequency words your child will learn to read, spell and write in Reception and Year 1; letter formation guides and dotted line versions are provided to help them practise.
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The Handwriting Learning Journey

The Handwriting Learning Journey is a course of over 200 worksheets that will take your child from the first stages of writing – known as patterning – right through to being able to write in a fluent, joined-up style.

Handwriting is an essential skill, but we all have to learn it, and it’s a very complex task. Legible, neat handwriting takes lots of practice and it isn’t just learning the alphabet – fine motor skills, hand eye co-ordination and an interest in putting pen to paper are essential as your child develops their skills. The final goal is for handwriting to become an automatic skill, so your child can concentrate on what, and not how, they are writing.

Cursive / joined-up writing: everything parents need to know

Joined-up or cursive writing is encouraged in schools; from parent information about cusive writing to techniques to help develop a fluent joined-up style and free handwriting worksheets, we offer advice and suggestions to help you help your child with handwriting at home.

Patterns playbook

Handwriting patterns playbook

Before children are able to start writing letters and words their hands and muscles need to get used to producing marks on paper. Our Patterns playbook offers your child the opportunity to practise common writing patterns in preparation for handwriting letters at age 4 or 5. It's also a fun way to encourage an older child has trouble writing particular letters. Can they make some waves, draw some curly baby hair and decorate a birthday cake with Smarties, all while doing some vital handwriting practice?

Handwriting pack

Improve your child's handwriting in 8 weeks

Handwriting is a crucial life skill, but how can you help your child write neatly and legibly? Our eight-week learning pack is packed with information and tips from handwriting experts, as well as fun and practical steps you can take to help your child put theory into practice.

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