Kinetic Letters Handwriting
Kinetic Letters® is the handwriting programme that we use at Awbridge Primary School, having introduced it in September 2023.
It consists of four main threads:
• Making bodies stronger,
• Holding the pencil,
• Learning the letters, and
• Flow and fluency
It enables children to develop legible handwriting that is produced quickly and automatically. With the development of automaticity, handwriting becomes a valuable tool and not a hindrance to learning.
The Kinetic Letters® font covers all the letters in the alphabet and is based on a set of rules that have been made as simple as possible to enable fast learning. The order in which letters are taught recognises the cognitive development of children. The programme supports our early reading and writing curriculum at Woodcroft.
Strength: Writing is a fine finger operation; children must have core body and arm strength to be able to control their fingers precisely.
Pencil hold: The pencil/pen grip must be comfortable to allow writing for long periods (eg exams often last for hours). Pens and pencils with a triangular cross-section assist in developing the correct hold.
Letter formation: The movements to form the letters begin with whole body movements and progress through writing in sand trays to writing on whiteboards and finally writing on paper. In Kinetic Letters®, all the letters and numbers are formed by one of two monkeys, a brave one (Bounce) who goes to the top branch of the tree, and a scared one (Skip) who goes to the lower branch.
Flow and fluency: Letter movements are minimised to help a fast writing style to develop. There are no lead-in strokes (a waste of time and effort).
The scheme groups letters into families that all share similar movements. This helps the children to learn basic letter formation which is the main principle. Much of our handwriting sessions can be taught without the children even using pencil and paper! Click on the link to see the letters broken down into their families.
There are 6 key moves that help to form letters and numbers (see below). Pupils learn these movements in the air first, using their writing hand before moving onto drawing them in sand or writing them on a whiteboard/paper.
Each letter is a combination of these six movements and has a short, memorable story to accompany it.