Supporting Your Child with Handwriting


With e-mail and telephones, it is easy to think that handwriting is now out-dated, but by no means is this true! The need to be able to write well, and quickly, is greater today than it ever was.

Accurate handwriting not only enables a child to write fluently, but it also supports their cognitive development, helping them retain new knowledge in their long term memory. Therefore it is important that during KS1 your child to develops a secure, fluent handwriting style. This information booklet looks at ways in which you can help support the improvement of your child’s handwriting. Like many schools, we use the ‘Nelson’ handwriting scheme to ensure consistency across the school.

We are very lucky to have such a wonderful group of parents’ at Newsham and we know that you are always looking for ways to support your child at home. This guide has been put together to give you an idea of activities that will consolidate the learning taking place in school and help develop your child’s fluency in handwriting. Little and often is the best approach to practising any skill at home, keeping things as fun as possible with lots of praise.

At the end of this guide there are some websites that will direct you to other activities and information which you may find useful.

If you would like any additional information or support please feel free to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Mr J. Smith (Senior Leader- Key Stage One)