The content of this workbook will familiarise the pupil with the lower case letters of the English alphabet. The letters are presented in stroke related groups and not in alphabetical order.
l, t, j, i u, y – Long ladders (down and off in another direction).
h, b, n, m, p, r – One armed robots (down and retrace upwards).
c, e, a, d, g, q, o, s, f, k – Curly caterpillars (anti-clockwise round).
v, w, x, z – Zig Zag letters.
The letter formation series of workbooks are ideally suitable for pupils in the Early Years, Foundation and Key Stage 1. Pupil with special educational needs (SEN) may require specific support or supervision.
Learning to recognise and form letters is an important skill for pupil to develop in early childhood. The benefits of teaching pupils to write letters cannot be overlooked; the letter writing activity not only teaches the pupils to read and write letters, it improves their ability to concentrate, retain information and through verbal discussion will aid creativity.
Each page of the workbook is designed using the tracker and dotted typeface. Three different point sizes are used to increase the levels of writing confidence.
The tracker typeface
The tracker typeface is an outlined letterform. The direction arrow helps the pupil to start in the correct place. The pupil can be allowed to go over the letters more than once, refining the motor movements by keeping inside the outline. They can use coloured pencils to track the letters to make practising the formation of letters a fun thing to do.
The dotted B typeface
Dotted B is used to reﬁne motor movement, with its direction arrow reminding pupils where to start. The pupils’ focus improves as they trace closely over the dotted letters.
The importance of developing good writing skills
Dr Rosemary Sassoon: “Once children can write the letters of their own names, they need to be taught the correct movement of each letter of the English alphabet. If this is not done, then incorrect movement becomes a habit which is progressively more difficult to change”.