Handwriting for kids in Year 6 at primary school. English homework help with Super Brainy Beans. Step by step guide to handwriting.
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At this stage having is really important. With SATS this year examiners are not going to spend time working out what you have written, instead, you are more likely to get a wrong answer even if your answer is correct.
So let us review your handwriting. Find a piece of writing look closely.
SEATING POSITION - Are you sitting comfortably? Ideally your chair and table should be the correct height for you. You should be able to place your feet on the floor and the table should be at about elbow height.
SIZE - Are all your small letters the same size? Draw a line along the top of the small letters to see if they are.
Practice writing on ruled paper with guide lines to get all your letters the same size.
SHAPE - Are all your letters the same style? Mixing different styles does not look good. Pick a style and stick to it.
Check your are forming all your letters correctly. Not joining certain letters can change the word.
Practice with our worksheets on the letters you need to form correctly.
ON THE LINE - Are all your letters sitting on the line?
Sit your letters on the line for neater handwriting. Try sitting with the paper slanted to the right, if you are right handed, or slanted left if you are left handed. This will make it easier to keep your letters on the line.
SPACING - Are your letters evenly spaced? What about your words?
Leave enough space for a letter o between your words. See how many o's you can place in between your words.
SLANTING - If your writing is slanted make sure it is always slanted in the same direction.
JOINED - Use joined up writing. It will make your writing faster because you don't have to lift your pen so often and it looks neater.
LEAD IN's - Up until now you have been taught to add lead in's for every letter, for neat handwriting leave out the lead in's at the beginning of words.
If your handwriting needs improving in several areas try just changing one thing a week. Concentrate on improving one thing at a time makes it easier to remember.
Improving your handwriting speed
It's sometimes hard to keep up in Year 6 if your handwriting is slow. Here are some tips to help you keep up.
PEN - Using the right pen is important. A ballpoint pen or biro will slow you down as the ink doesn't flow very quickly and it tends to make you press harder on the paper.
A gel pen is ok and better than a biro but the best pen to use is the Berol Handwriting pens as the ink flows faster without much pressure on the paper.
GRIP - Check how tightly you are holding your pen. This can slow you down and create messy writing. Try relaxing the pen in your hand and not press so hard on the paper. Again the right pen will help you with this. See above.
SIZE - If your handwriting is too big then you are putting a lot of time and effort into moving your pen up and down. Try making your handwriting smaller. Use our ruled guided paper to help.
ARMS & FINGERS - When you are writing your fingers should be creating the up and down movements of the letters. Your arm should be used to move along the line. This will give you a nice straight line of writing and save time instead of your fingers doing all the work.