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Year 2

Introduction to handwriting skills and patterns

I can form a variety of patterns and hold a pencil in a comfortable and correct tripod grip.

New
New
Year 2

Introduction to handwriting skills and patterns

I can form a variety of patterns and hold a pencil in a comfortable and correct tripod grip.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Sitting position is important for handwriting
  2. A comfortable tripod pencil grip can make handwriting easier
  3. Handwriting patterns can help prepare us to form letters
  4. It takes practice to be able to form patterns correctly
  5. Posture, pencil grip and paper position are important for handwriting

Common misconception

Many children will not securely use the correct pencil grip.

Ensure to spend sufficient time checking children's pencil grip and intervening where they need extra support.

Keywords

  • Posture - the way we hold and position our body while writing

  • Position of paper - refers to how the paper is placed in front of us when writing

  • Tripod pencil grip - a way of holding the pencil with three fingers (thumb, index, and middle fingers) that helps us write smoothly and with control

  • Pattern - a repeated arrangement or sequence of strokes or lines used in writing

Spending time securing the pre-requisites for handwriting is important. The aspects covered in this lesson will be significant in all subsequent lessons.
Teacher tip

Content guidance

  • Physical activity required.

Supervision

Adult supervision recommended.

Licence

This content is © Oak National Academy Limited (2024), licensed on Open Government Licence version 3.0 except where otherwise stated. See Oak's terms & conditions (Collection 2).

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6 Questions

Q1.
What do you need to start practising your handwriting?
Correct answer: pencil
television
Correct answer: table
bed
Correct answer: chair
Q2.
What is the name of the best pencil grip?
Correct answer: tripod grip
quadpod grip
hexpod grip
Q3.
What can help you prepare for handwriting?
Correct answer: practising handwriting patterns
Correct answer: warming up your hands and wrists
exercising your legs and feet
Correct answer: getting into a comfortable sitting position
laying down on your bed
Q4.
Order the letters alphabetically.
1 - a
2 - b
3 - c
4 - d
5 - e
Q5.
Can you match the lower case letters with their capital letters?
Correct Answer:a,A

A

Correct Answer:b,B

B

Correct Answer:c,C

C

Correct Answer:d,D

D

Correct Answer:e,E

E

Q6.
Can you match the lower case letters with their capital letters?
Correct Answer:g,G

G

Correct Answer:h,H

H

Correct Answer:j,J

J

Correct Answer:k,K

K

Correct Answer:m,M

M