Year 1 Handwriting worksheets

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.
Joined-up letter formation practice: words in upper and lower case
A cursive handwriting sample alphabet is a useful reference tool when you child is writing words and sentences using upper and lower case letters independently. Could they make up a joke or limerick to model their best joined-up handwriting with?

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Joined-up handwriting practice: words in lower case worksheet
A cursive handwriting sample alphabet is the starting point for your child to write their own words and sentences using lower case letters. Guide lines are provided to help them size letters correctly and set them on the base (writing) line.

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Joining vowels: handwriting practice activity
Practise the correct joins between vowels and improve your joined-up (cursive) handwriting with our copying activity.
Cursive handwriting: poetic practice worksheet
Make handwriting practice wonderfully silly by rewriting Spike Milligan's famous poem about rain in your best joined-up writing. Guide lines are provided to help you size your letters correctly.

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Handwriting practice on shapes worksheet
As your child moves from drawing and patterning to writing letters and words make practice fun with this artistic worksheet. Can they cover each of the shapes with relevant and colourful words, all produced in their best handwriting?
More handwriting silly sentences worksheets
Handwriting practice of the silly sentences sort! Help your child develop their joined-up writing style with this cursive handwriting activity.
Handwriting practice: joined-up alphabet worksheets
Your step-by-step guide to the joined-up alphabet, with worksheets for every letter. Whether your child is new to cursive writing or needs to improve their joined-up style these worksheets will take them through every join and shape to help boost their confidence and ability.

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Stretching up tall patterns cursive patterning practice worksheets
Getting ascenders (the tall strokes of the letters b, h, k, etc) and descenders (the under-line parts of p, q, y, etc) the correct relative size takes practice. Help your child develop the flowing movements needed to join letters correctly with our cursive patterning worksheets.

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Washing line patterns cursive patterning practice worksheets
Making flowing movements, making shapes the same size, writing ascenders and descenders correctly (and the correct relative size) and sitting shapes on the writing line... Getting the hang of joined-up writing is a slow and painstaking process! Help your child practise the movements needed with our cursive patterning worksheets, developed with the National Handwriting Association.
Curly caterpillar and one-armed robot letters cursive patterning practice worksheets
Our cursive patterning worksheets have been designed to help children feel confident about the movements needed to join letters together. They'll be writing on shapes and experimenting with colour to develop the flowing, smooth hand movements needed for cursive writing.

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One armed robot letters cursive patterning practice worksheets
Learning to make smooth, flowing movements is vital to develop a confident cursive writing style. Help your child get to grips with joined-up writing with our patterning worksheets, developed in association with the National Handwriting Association.

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Handwriting pangrams worksheet
Pangrams are sentences that contain every letter of the alphabet. Have a go at writing out these pangrams to practise joining letters correctly and develop your cursive writing style.
Curly caterpillar letters cursive handwriting practice worksheets
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.

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Make a handwriting collage worksheet
Add some colour and fun to handwriting practice by creating a patterns collage. Perfect for developing 'joined-up' writing skills, especially if the resulting artwork takes pride of place on the fridge!
Long ladder letters cursive handwriting practice worksheets
Help your child begin to join their letters with our cursive patterning worksheets, developed in association with the National Handwriting Association. Patterns made with "long ladder" letters are the first step to joined-up handwriting.

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Patterns playbook learning pack
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?

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Remembering (finger) spaces worksheet
Cut out the arrow and read the sentences below. All the spaces between the words are missing! Using the arrow, can you point to where you think the spaces should go? Can you copy out the words underneath, remembering to leave spaces between them?
Handwriting practice: patterning 5
Patterning will help your child practise ascending and descending strokes, rounded shapes and more in preparation for handwriting. Get started today with some cake decoration – on paper only!
Handwriting practice: patterning 4
Handwriting requires good pencil control and precise strokes and movements. Help your child prepare for writing letters, words and sentences with our series of patterning worksheets (very satisfying as well as very useful!).

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