Handwriting – Letter Family 6

This family of letters is called The Slider Family.

The letters in this group are k, v,w,x and z.

The children need to look carefully at the formation of these letters as it is important that the angle of the slide is consistent and that they sit neatly on the line.

Watch the video below to practise these letters.


Handwriting – Letter Family 5

This family of letters is called The Fisher Family.

The letters in this group are y, j, f and g.

The pull motion in these letters is important so that the children understand the difference between the pulling tails of this family and the quick flick of the ‘q’.

Watch the video below to practise this formation.

Handwriting – Letter Family 2

In this letter family we use a pulling action to start every letter. It is important to remember that every letter must sit on the line – reinforce the word ‘bump’ when the pencil hits the line.

The letters in this family are:

c, a, d, g, q, o and s.

Although the letter ‘d’ looks tall it begins with the pull motion as we start with the letter ‘c’.


Handwriting – Letter Group 1

This group of letters are called the Jumper Family and they all begin with a downward pull towards the line we are writing on.

The letters in this family are:

h  b  r  n  m  p

Remember that ‘b’ has no flick because when the pencil lands on the line we pull back and ‘hug the tree’.

Handwriting – Holding the Pencil

Before we can begin to write, we need to know how to hold the pencil correctly. By following the video demonstrations below you will be able to practice holding the pencil correctly, whether you are right or left handed.

First we begin by pointing the pencil towards your tummy. Next using you holding fingers  pick it up carefully. Tip it back to lay across your hand and put your pillow finger underneath. Your thumb first and second finger are the Holding Fingers and it is important that we only use these to hold the pencil.

Your Pencil Checks:

Are your holding fingers all level with each other?

Can you see a little of the pencil colour between your holding fingers?

Is your pillow finger underneath?

Is your pencil laying back across your hand?