Handwriting in Key Stage 1 (5 - 7 yrs)

UK National Curriculums for handwriting

Statutory requirements plus notes and guidance for teaching handwriting to 5 to 7 year olds in; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Handwriting animations and worksheets

Free animations and accompanying worksheets to support children through the 3 stages of handwriting; pre-handwriting patterns, single letter formation and joins.

Pencil grip for handwriting

The expected developmental stages of pencil grip for this age group and other related factors.

Sitting position for handwriting

The best sitting position, when handwriting, for both right and left-handed writers.

Paper position for handwriting

How to correctly position and tilt the paper for right and left-handed writers.

Handwriting warm up activities

At the desk gross and fine motor skills activities to get the body ready for handwriting and to relax it during extended handwriting tasks.

Handwriting teaching tips

Extra tips to help support the teaching of handwriting in your class.

Other handwriting difficulties

Other common handwriting difficulties and suggestions on how to overcome them.