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Handwriting at primary school

Handwriting in Reception Handwriting in Year 1 Handwriting in Year 2 Handwriting in Years 3 and 4 Handwriting in Years 5 and 6

From the earliest stages of developing motor skills and forming letters to developing a confident, legible and personal style, handwriting remains a vital skill for children to learn and an important communication tool.

Reception / P1

Find out about forming numbers and letters.

Year 1 / P2

Find out about developing handwriting skills.

Year 2 / P3

Find out about learning to join.

Years 3 & 4 / P4 & 5

Find out about developing fluency and speed.

Years 5 & 6 / P6 & 7

Find out about developing personal style.

At home

Find out how to support handwriting at home.

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Handwriting videos

Take a look at our free handwriting videos for tips on how to help your child improve their handwriting at home.
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Handwriting books

Nelson Handwriting books 1–6

The Nelson Handwriting programme supports handwriting skills throughout primary school. If your child’s school is using Nelson Handwriting, you can use these books at home to help them practise their handwriting skills.
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Starting to Write Age 3–4

This activity book will help your child to progress while having fun so they will quickly learn to develop pencil control and the correct letter formation.
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Starting to Write Letters Age 4–5

This activity book will help your child to progress while having fun so they will quickly learn to develop pencil control and the correct letter formation.
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Handwriting Age 5–6

This activity book will help your child to progress while having fun so they will quickly learn to develop pencil control and the correct letter formation.
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At Home With Handwriting 1

This fun activity workbook for 5–7-year-olds supports children as they learn how to establish a comfortable and efficient pencil grip, how to write correctly formed letters, and how to leave appropriate gaps between words. Includes lots of useful tips for parents.
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At Home With Handwriting 2

This fun activity workbook for 5–7-year-olds includes illustrated step-by-step activities that are simple enough for children to work through on their own, or equally perfect to do with a parent.
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