Early Letter Formation
Children in Early Years and Key Stage One are taught to form their letters using the guide below, (from Read Write Inc). This includes a picture and a phrase or rhyme for each letter, which children remember and use when learning to form the letters themselves.
Please see the images of the letters and pictures below, along with a guide to how the letters are correctly formed. Underneath are PDF documents which will give you more information about this, including a copy of the phrase / rhyme which accompanies each letter and picture
Correct early letter formation is essential in supporting later joined handwriting, which is taught from Year 2 onwards.
We follow the 'Nelson Thornes' handwriting scheme.
We begin with teaching children un-joined letters, although all the letters are taught with 'flicks', so they are ready to be joined later on.
All letters should be consistent and regular, before children begin to join them together. They should also be accurately sized and orientated, as follows::
Children's un-joined letters should look like this:
Once children are able to form their letters correctly, we begin to teach them to join them together.
This is usually from Year 2 onwards for the majority of children. However, if children are still struggling with basic letter formation we do not teach them to join until they they are ready.
The joins are taught in a structured way, so that children learn to join their handwriting in a systematic and cumulative way. This helps them to keep their handwriting neat, accurate and ensures that letters are correctly joined.