It is important for children to understanding the importance of clear and neat handwriting from an early age. Correct letter formation is taught and the children are given plenty of opportunities to develop the fine motor skills they need for accurate handwriting through continuous provision in the EYFS setting. The children are taught to use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds, as well as some common words with irregular spellings. Children develop the use of effective pencil grip throughout their time in reception.
Adults in the Early Years model how to hold a pencil correctly and comfortably, supporting children in their development. However we recognise that development in pencil grip is different for every child and all are supported individually.
Children in Early Years are taught pre-cursive handwriting from the very beginning, as this helps them to prepare effectively for joining their letters in Key Stage 1.
Take a look below at the letter formation resources which match our teaching in Early Years.