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Developing fluent handwriting skills (Age 7–11)


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For information about what your child is learning at school, take a look at our handwriting at primary school pages.

What can I do to support my child at home?

1. Arts and crafts

Give your child opportunities to do arts and craft activities that give them the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of materials, e.g. chalk, paintbrushes, felt tips, crayons, etc.

2. Variety of books

Choose texts for your child that show a wide variety of formats and layouts. Be sure not to neglect non-fiction texts, such as magazine articles, brochures, adverts, signs and notices, and newspaper columns. Showing your child these kinds of texts will give them experience reading in a real-world context, and will also prepare them for national assessments where they are expected to engage with a wide variety of text types. Make sure you talk together about how the texts are presented.

3. Write, write, write

Be on the look out for everyday opportunities for your child to practise their handwriting, for example, writing out the shopping list that you dictate, marking events on the calendar, writing out greetings cards for family members, writing out recipes or song lyrics. Try to find opportunities that link to their interests.

Be sure to find out what handwriting style your child is learning at school. Consistency is essential at this stage, so it is important not to correct something that you think is an error but that is actually part of the style your child is learning.

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