In Year 3, you should develop fluent handwriting skills, making your writing more consistent and easier to read. Read on to discover the National Curriculum expectations for handwriting in Year 3, and ways to practise your handwriting at home.
In Year 3, we teach the letters in groups/families, based on how they are formed, not alphabetical order.
Teaching letters in groups or families can help to limit letter reversals such as b and d.
Every child is different, developing the skills needed to hold a pencil at a different time to their peers. Most children, however, have developed a three finger tripod pencil grip by the age of 5/6. This is considered the most appropriate pencil grip, for right and left-handed writers, as it allows the fingers and wrist to work together to provide a more free flowing movement.