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Today we are looking at Handwriting with 'One Armed Robot Letters'


Every week in school we carry out a handwriting activity focussing on teaching and practising the specific formation of a small group of letters. Devoting time to the teaching and learning of letter formation in the early years is extremely important as it encourages the children to become familiar and confident in memorising and using the correct formation patterns and allows them to form good habits that they will use in future writing. Throughout this half term we will be introducing the ‘One Armed Robot’ group of letters.


As explained in the helpful tips last week we encourage the children to try and position their letters correctly on the lines to ensure that they are of a appropriate and consistent size. To help you with this we have provided a sky, grass and mud sheet for you to work from. These templates are a great visual guide to help the children as the body of each letter goes into the grass, the tops of tall letters go into the sky and the bottom of any descending letters go into the mud.


As previously expressed, using the correct letter formation is essential when writing. To ensure your child begins each letter in the correct place we would advise you to mark dots along the space in the line as starting points for them. Please find below an example of how we would set this out to guide you.


Need a stepping stone?

If your child finds letter formation challenging start big before transferring this onto paper.  You can use shaving foam on a work surface or on the bathroom tiles, washing up liquid in a tray, chalking outdoors on a patio or brick wall, painting with paintbrushes on large cardboard boxes are all great places to start. Then once you have had practise doing this then make the letters smaller and insert onto lines as in this activity.  If your child finds formation hard continue to talk through the letter formation with them, watch the videos provided for you on Purple Mash in your 2Do folder and use yellow pen for them to overwrite the letters first for practise before attempting on their own, putting a dot on the yellow letter to help your child know where to start. It will take lots of practise but keep going, it will happen!   If you feel that with continued practise that your child is still finding this hard then activities to develop their fine motor skills may benefit them. Take a look at dough disco on YouTube to get started on your fine motor skills this week.


Need a further challenge?

Ask your child to suggest things that begin with each of the three letters r, m and n. Can they draw these into columns and label them.

Using a blank sky, grass and mud sheet can your child write a simple sentence to accompany a few of their pictures. We have attached an example of this below.