St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

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Dear Parents and Carers, I hope that you are well and keeping safe. If you, or anyone you know, has a child who will be of RECEPTION class age in September 2021 (born between 1/9/16 and 31/8/17), and you would like to apply for a place, please contact the school office for an application form. NURSERY admissions - If your child will be 3 years old by 31st December (born before 31/12/17) and you would like to apply for a place to start in January 2021 please contact the school office for an application form and any advice you may need if you believe you qualify for 30 hours. We will then contact you about a tour of the setting. 01484 713037. Keep staying safe and smiling everyone! Mrs Hodges

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Handwriting

We encourage our children to mark make from the earliest ages and to celebrate all that they do. This may look like scribbling at first but they gradually begin to ascribe meaning to their marks and their marks become more refined and recognisable, eventually forming letter and word shapes.

It is important to encourage a good pencil grip from the earliest age. We ask our parents and carers to teach their children to nip-flip-grip to help their children hold the pencil correctly. There are lots of examples on the internet too of how you can do this.

 

Another way is get your child to hold a small tissue with their ring and little finger leaving only the thumb, forefinger and middle finger to pick up the pencil.

 

Don't forget to model it too - it's great for your child to see you doing what they are doing and a good way to spend quality time with your child colouring, drawing and mark making!

Letter Formation

It is really important to develop the correct letter formation which will enable the children to then learn cursive script (joining letters) which we start teaching from Year 2.

Here is our basic letter formation we teach in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 before our children begin learning the early joins in Year 2.