Primary English: Handwriting and letter formation skills

Ensure your KS1 and KS2 classes are confident with handwriting patterns, letter formations and handwriting practice using these ready-to-use classroom resources

Sian Evans

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Booklets, worksheets and visual aids to support learners as they master letter formation and neat handwriting 

It may not be the most exciting activity at school but every teacher knows that getting pupils to write legibly is as necessary as conquering tricky spellings, grammar and punctuation. As there are no quick wins, we know how important it is to find tried-and-tested resources that will offer your students the support they need, from developing pencil skills to tackling cursive handwriting. So, we've done the hard work for you...

Handwriting patterns

Start with the basics. From superhero-themed handwriting patterns to fine motor skills activities, young learners will appreciate taking the time to get used to the pencil before moving on to the different shapes of the alphabet.

 

Superhero Cursive Writing Sheets
HelpwithHandwriting

Superhero Cursive Writing Sheets

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This Superhero handwriting workbook has been designed to help four to five year old's master the essential patterns associated with cursive, or joined up handwriting. These seven cursive writing worksheets allow the child to trace over the dotted lines and practice pencil movements that are used to ...
Pencil Skills Workbook
julsgate

Pencil Skills Workbook

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A simple workbook that helps to develop good pencil control, practising left and right fine motor control, while at the same time reinforcing 2D shapes.

Letter formation tasks

Visual aids are a fundamental way of getting pupils to become familiar with all 26 letters, whether you opt for tracing over the arrows or watching the movement of the pencil. And, don't forget that grouping letters of similar shapes and sizes can make the whole task seem less daunting. 

 

Cursive messy letter formation cards linked to RWI
alrightmebabbers

Cursive messy letter formation cards linked to RWI

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I plan on laminating these so children can put pasta, foam, sand, or just use whiteboard pen to go over the outlines of all Phase 2 and Phase 3 singular sounds. Includes RWI ditties for letter formation & has picture relating to the ditty/sound. Note: g, f, y, j are not included as we ...
Handwriting  - Letter Formation Visual Aids
Nicole Hernandez

Handwriting - Letter Formation Visual Aids

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Letter formation: This is a handy set of printables that serve as visual cues and reminds of the formation of letters for your beginning writers. The giraffe, chicken and monkey method is beautifully illustrated using blue skylines and brown ground lines to help students to eventually remember ...
Basic Letter Formation for the IWB (Sassoon Infant font)
bevevans22

Basic Letter Formation for the IWB (Sassoon Infant font)

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A presentation with animations of letter formation. Letters can be repeated as often as necessary and chosen in random order via action buttons. Small animation of initial sound object/word to match each letter (x is represented by end sound: box and fox). This will work even if you do not have the ...

Handwriting practice

There is nothing better than old-fashioned practice, practice, practice. But repetition doesn't have to be dull! From creating handwriting dictionaries to completing pages of themed workbooks, here are a variety of ways of keeping your class engaged again and again. 

 

Cursive Handwriting Activity Pack
Polly Puddleduck

Cursive Handwriting Activity Pack

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This Cursive Handwriting Activity Pack contains more than 20 worksheets for handwriting lessons! Perfect for Early Finishers and/or emergency handwriting cover lessons! File is PDF Format. Ideal for KS1/lower KS2
Cursive Handwriting Booklets and Sheets - Updated
TheLorax

Cursive Handwriting Booklets and Sheets - Updated

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A series of handwriting booklets, each based on a specific handwriting skill (forming the anticlockwise letters, the tall letters, etc.). If you preview the resource using the preview window then it may look wrongly formatted but when if you download it and open it then everything will be laid out c...
Handwriting Dictionary
Top Marks Teaching Resources

Handwriting Dictionary

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A handwriting booklet that can be used as a dictionary. Students can add words to each letter in their dictionary as they learn new words and sounds. Each letter has its own page and space for various words beginning with each letter. At the back their is a second dictionary template with a s...