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Handwriting in Reception

In Reception we begin by:

  • Developing good gross and fine motor control including how to hold a pencil correctly.
  • Pattern formation (spirals, zigzags, waves)
  • Introducing a language to talk about shape and movements 
  • Introducing the letter families, teaching the children how to correctly form the letters:


We begin with letters being written separately (not joined up yet) e.g. cat, dog, pin

  • Long ladder family: i, j, l, t, u , v, w
  • One armed robot family: b, h, k, m,  n, p, r; numbers: 2, 3, 5
  • Curly Caterpillar family: c, a, d, e, g, o, q, f, s; numbers: 0, 6, 8, 9
  • zigzag family: v, w, x, z; numbers: 1, 4, 7