Today is... Handwriting Assessment of One Armed Robot Letters!
At the end of each set of letters we always carry out an informal assessment. This allows us to explore how secure the children are with the letters they have been practising with letter size, position on the line and letter formation. An example sheet has been attached to show you how you can set the assessment based on how you have been learning at home. There is a model letter at the beginning of each line, but you will notice that this time there are no starting dots.
In previous handwriting practise tasks, you may have helped your child by reinforcing correct formation, orientation and positioning throughout. However, we ask that you encourage your child to complete this task independently without an adult input, even if you can see errors being made, and solely observe. This allows you to celebrate your child's successes and to identify the gaps that will need to be addressed to help their learning progress.
Through observation we are looking to see...
*Are they starting their letters in the correct place?
*Is the correct formation being used? (particularly bouncing back up with b)
*Can they position each letter correctly within the sky, grass, mud lines?
*Is each letter a consistent size?
*Are the letters facing the right way?
By taking note of these observations you will be able to see exactly what your child needs to work on in order to make continued progress with their handwriting.
We would like all children to complete this task before deciding if either the stepping stone or further challenge are required.
Need a stepping stone?
From this task you will have identified which letters your child finds challenging. We have provided large letter templates for all the one armed robot letters to allow you to focus on those required. As suggested in previous tasks, start big and work down in size. Practise the correct formation using a range of media such as fingers, paint, chalk and playdough within the templates. Once they are secure with using the correct formation, then try to transfer the letters onto the wider sky grass mud lines provided.
Need a further challenge?
If your child is secure with forming all of their letters correctly transfer this onto 12mm wide lined paper. We often find that, when focussed on in isolation, letter formation is better. However, when applying this to other written work correct formation can lapse and bad habits can creep back in. Try to challenge your child by asking them to write a short sentence including the letters they have been practising. As with the task above, keep observing to check that correct letter formation is being applied.