Letter formation

The whole school follows the PenPals handwriting scheme.

In the Nursery/Reception class children are introduced to four main character which help them to memorise the correct formation of letters.

These characters are:

Long ladder letters

One-armed robot letters

Curly caterpillar letters

Zig-zag monster letters

Click on the picture below for a printable copy of the correct letter formation.

When forming all letters it is important to remember never to start at the bottom!

Pencil grip

When writing it is very important that children hold the pencil in the correct tripod grip.

The pictures below show the typical stages children go through when holding a pencil.

In class we use the term “pinch your pencil” to encourage correct pencil grasp.

Games and activities

Click on the pictures below to play some letter formation games.