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Get ready to practise handwriting at home
Letter-join includes lots of great handwriting activities for pupils to enjoy at home, using the same letterforms which have been selected by your school.
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When children log in from home, they can select their class name from the list. If your class name has not already been changed you can do it by selecting: Info > Account Information
Here are some suggestions of tasks to set for home learning:
- Watch and practise: Patterns, Easy letters, Easy words
- Magic Patterns
- Write it Right! (Easy)
- Phonics phase 1 – click on the picture and make the noises
- Phonics phase 2 – listen to the sounds and trace the phonemes
- PhonicsMatch (Phase 2)
- Watch and practise: Easy words, Harder letters, Harder words
- Watch and practise ’More letters’: Capitals, Printed letters, Numbers, Symbols
- Magic Words
- Write it Right! (Medium or Hard)
- Class Word Banks for:
- high frequency words
- seasonal vocabulary, etc.
- Word search (Easy or Medium)
- Phonics Phase 3, 4 or 5 – listen to the sounds and trace the phonemes and graphemes
- PhonicsMatch (Phase 3, 4 or 5)
Key Stage 2
- PhonicsMatch (revisit Phase 5)
- Word search (Hard or Harder)
- topic words
- French/Spanish vocabulary
- spellings, etc.
Go to Key Stage 2 Printouts and try:
- Note-taking – read the example and practise making notes
- Nice and Neat – practise copying longer passages in neat handwriting
- Word of the Week – use the template to explore a new and unfamiliar word
- History – research a topic and using the template, label a picture and write about it
Set class tasks
Find out how to set learning tasks for your pupils to access at home.
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It’s Holi on 9th March 2020.
Learn about the most popular Hindu festival with our Holi worksheets and activities which offer lots of handwriting practice too!
For the worksheets click: Resources > Printouts > Seasonal and Fillers > Festivals and select Holi.
Find Holi word banks in Letter-join’s Fun section. Teachers can select a bank of ready-made animations of Holi words on the pull-down list, with or without lead-in lines, for children to practise at school or at home. Great for building and improving your class’s vocabulary and sparking interest for seasonal activities.
Children can choose ‘Watch’ to see the word being written and then ‘Try’ to trace over the words on a whiteboard or tablet.
For further handwriting practice click on ‘Activities’ to:
• Automatically produce a look, trace and copy spelling list using all the words in the seasonal word bank.• Produce a word search using a selection of words from the bank which can be completed online or printed out for real handwriting practice.
Letter-join’s phonics section has been updated and the addition of phase 5 completes this handy resource from Letter-join, offering further activities to support the teaching of phonics using cursive handwriting.
In phase 5, graphemes that have the same sound but different spellings are presented, for example, the long ‘a’ sound: a, ai, ay, ei, ea, a-e. Children can also see how to write split digraphs in words such as the ‘a-e’ in ‘cake’. They can then trace each grapheme on their tablets.
Phase 5 phonics also introduces alternative pronunciations for graphemes, for example, the different sounds made by the grapheme ‘ou’ as in ‘house’, ‘four’, ‘group’ and ‘country’.
The completion of Letter-join Phonics enables the teaching of all the phonics phases using the Letter-join font, building a joined-up approach to teaching cursive handwriting. It also includes PhonicsMatch, a fun matching pairs game where children can test their memory powers against the clock!
When you have a few minutes to fill, these whiteboard activities are ideal.
These easy-to-follow handwriting games and activities will keep your pupils engaged at a minute’s notice. Simply select an activity and display on your class whiteboard; no printing or planning is required.
Find these in Resources > Printouts > Seasonal and Fillers:
5 minute fillers:
- GMS warm-ups
- FMS warm-ups
- Tripod grip
- Magic Patterns
- Magic Words
- Phonics Phase 1
- Phonics Phase 2
- Phonics Phase 3
- Phonics Phase 4
- Phonics Phase 5
15 minute fillers:
- Punctuation Actions
- Word Search
- Write it Right!
- Tongue Twisters
- ei or ie?
- Capital Letters in Titles
The Printouts section, in Letter-join’s Resources, has recently been updated and now offers easy access to all of the Letter-join worksheets and printouts.
Save valuable time looking for worksheets, web pages and activities with Letter-join’s new search facility. Find what you need at the click of a button!
Simply click on the magnifying glass located at the top right of the Letter-join web page and a search bar will appear. Type in a key word for what you are looking for and a list of options will be given for you to choose from.
Find these in Letter-join’s Fun section. Teachers can select a bank of ready-made seasonal words from three different levels on the pull-down list with lead-in or no-lead letters for children to practise at school or at home.
Great for building and improving your class’s vocabulary and sparking their interest for seasonal activities.
Children choose ‘Watch’ to see the word being written on a whiteboard or tablet and then ‘Try’ to trace over the words.
For further practice click on ‘Activities’ to:
• automatically produce a look, trace and copy spelling list using all the words in the seasonal word bank.
• produce a word search using a selection of words from the bank which can be completed online or printed for real handwriting practice.
Aimed at EYFS and KS1, this is an independent activity that rewards children’s neat handwriting with a picture gallery of their handwritten words for them to share. Perfect for practising cursive handwriting with the added benefit of strengthening your learners’ reading, spelling and phonic knowledge and skills.
Here’s how it works:
• Select ’Write it Right!’ in Letter-join’s ’Fun’ section
• Children choose a level - easy, medium or hard.
• Then, they type their name and neatly trace over it.
• Next, they select a picture; the word matching the picture is spoken and children trace over the word.
• Children can have as many attempts as they like until they are happy with their handwriting.
• This is repeated for each picture.
Each child’s completed handwritten words are then displayed on a moving screen with a cheer of encouragement!
There is an option to print the page with the completed words for display or to measure progress.
Letter-join phonic resources encompass Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4. Simply choose one of the phases and select a phoneme for children to hear and practise the sound. Watch the animation of the phoneme and then trace the letters on screen using your chosen Letter-join cursive font and pre-selected letterforms. There is also a picture that uses that phoneme which is sounded out.
Each of the phonemes can be printed out as colourful A4 posters to display in the classroom.
The aim of Letter-join phonics is to be flexible, allowing teachers the opportunity to reinforce the children’s phonics learning as required.
Letter-join’s Phonics resource is designed to support your school’s phonics programme, preparing children for learning to read by strengthening their phonic knowledge and skills. Letter-join Phonics will allow you to teach Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4 using the Letter-join font. This will build a joined-up approach to teaching cursive handwriting in Early Years.
Letter-join phonics includes a fun matching pairs game where children can test their memory powers to beat the clock! There are 3 levels, easy, medium and hard for pupils to explore.
Find out more >
In our latest module, Module 7, learners will consolidate the stamina and skills required to write at length. They will begin to develop more of a personal handwriting style as they write with automaticity. They will learn to write at different speeds and with different attention to neatness, depending on the task.
Letter-join’s Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar worksheets provide children with a variety of fun and colourful activities. These play a vital part in ensuring that children’s handwriting (including punctuation symbols) is legible ready for the KS2 SATs SPaG test, so no marks are lost due to unclear answers.
Module 6 continues to build on combining fluent handwriting with other subjects across the curriculum.
By the end of this module, children should be producing cursive writing automatically, enabling them to focus on the content of their work rather than the process of writing.
Module 7 for Year 6 is currently in production and should be ready shortly after the Easter break.
Designed for schools wishing to use Letter-join fonts in Smart Notebook, Letter-join Basic is based on our most popular Letter-join Plus font.
The two fonts are almost indistinguishable but Letter-join Basic does not have lead-out lines on the letters o, r, v and w. Letter-join Basic will download with your school’s preferred letterforms.
Each lesson planner is developed in line with the National Curriculum and Letter-join’s resources are used throughout to provide a thorough and interesting way to teach handwriting.
Letter-join’s Handwriting Lesson Planner Module 5 - Year 4, aims to promote meaningful links with other subjects such as English, maths, science, geography and MFL. Making such links enables children to apply the skills they are learning in context and also provides depth to the curriculum.
By the end of this module, children should be well prepared to aim for the handwriting quality, speed and stamina required in upper KS2.
Download sample pages of all modules >
Lead-in line or no lead-in lines - the Letter-join view
Based on many years of experience by our staff, we at Letter-join continue to emphasise fully cursive handwriting with lead-in and lead-out lines in our Lesson Planners and on-line resources.
• Easier access to Letter-join’s resources
• Same design on desktop and tablet editions
• Future-proof HD graphics
Subscribers can now download the 14 A4 posters which can be laminated and displayed in the classroom.
The 3 sections in this module cover:
1) Letter families, high frequency words, joining practice, sequencing sentences and dictation exercises - 36 lessons.
2) Further dictation exercises, more high frequency words, 2, 5 and 10 times table facts and SPaG practice for KS1 SATs – 36 lessons.
3) More dictation and number writing practice – 18 lesson plans.
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To help these children we have produced highlighted writing paper in three different sizes which uses a band of colour that represents the ‘x' height. Ascenders and descenders rise above and drop below the coloured area.
This type of handwriting paper is particularly good for children with dyspraxia and dyslexia or children who find spacial awareness challenging.
Download small highlighted paper >
School subscribers and free trial users can download medium and large sizes.
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This is ideal for weekly homework spelling lists or project word banks.
Automatically create a ‘Look, Trace and Copy’ spelling list from any Letter-join word bank in the new on-line Word Processor. Designed for teachers wishing to use the Letter-join fonts WITHOUT downloading them it includes templates to create cursive spelling lists and classroom presentations.
See how to create a spelling list >
It is available to download as a PDF by all subscribing schools.
Module 2 is divided into 65 lessons:
1) Capital letters - 25 lessons
2) Printed letters - 25 lessons
3) Numbers, punctuation marks and symbols - 15 lessons
See sample pages >
Module 1 starts with Getting Ready for Handwriting: warm-up exercises, sitting position and tripod pencil grip.
This first module has been divided into three sections covering:
1) Pre-cursive patterns - 20 lessons
2) Easy letters & words - 25 lessons
3) Harder letters & words - 25 lessons
See sample pages >
Find out more about dictation exercises >
Click here to download an example >