St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

Love, learn and live in Christ!

Hello Parents, Carers and Children! We are at the start of the last half term of the school year. It has been a very challenging time for us all lately and I know I do not need to tell you how myself and the staff long for the day we can all be together and school life returns to normal. I am hopeful that we may begin to start re-opening for groups of children in the coming weeks and will keep you updated as soon as we know anything. Remember to just do what you can when you can. You are doing a brilliant job! As always you can email your child's teacher or myself with any concerns you have. We want to do all we can to support you. We are here for you. The message from the Government is still to keep social distancing measures in place, regular hand washing and vigilance. Stay safe and stay strong! 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).

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.