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February 6th 2019

Reception and Year One Handwriting Workshop

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our Reception and Year One Handwriting Workshop.

The aim of the workshop was to raise the profile of handwriting and to give parents ideas to use at home with their children.

The workshop began by looking at gross and fine motor skills including “Scrimbling” which Reception children use. We discussed how children need to be able to draw shapes and lines, before they are ready to form letters. We shared with parents how we teach handwriting across the school and the importance of the rhymes that go along with each letter and number. We ended by sharing some ‘Top Tips’ about how to support left handed children.  We also provided ideas for helping with handwriting at home, which included using playdough to strengthen children’s hands, threading and writing letters in shaving foam or paint.

We received very positive feedback from parents, including the following comments:-

“Really useful to get some tips for encouraging correct pencil grip.”

“Lovely to see some of the fun things you do to encourage gross and fine motor skills.”

“Useful tips about left handers.”

“Really informative and very well presented.”

“Very useful, it was good to find out what apps and websites can be used to help with their handwriting and also what they are being taught, what the expectations are, so we can encourage them to practise at home.”

As a result of this feedback, we will put the ‘Singalong’ handwriting and number rhymes on our website, as well as the power point shared during the workshop.

Remember, to speak to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or questions regarding handwriting.

If you were unable to attend or would like to view the information again, please see below the link to the powerpoint for the workshop.


Reception and Year One Handwriting Workshop Powerpoint