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By the end of Reception to achieve the Early Learning Goal in writing children need to be able to meet the following targets:


  • Write recognisable letters, most of which are correctly formed.
  • Spell words by identifying sounds in them and representing the sounds with a letter or letters.
  • Write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.


To support your child further you may wish to keep a diary of what they have been doing each day. This can be done every other day or when a particular day has been eventful.


Handwriting continues to be a huge focus throughout the school and we need to support our children so they are ready for the next steps. When they go into Year 1 children need to be able to form letters and sit them neatly on the line and develop overall fluency when writing.

We are hoping to ensure that all our children can by the time they leave Reception:

  • form lower-case letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place
  • form lower-case letters of the correct size relative to one another in some of their writing
  • Sit all letters neatly on the line showing clearly ascenders and descenders.

We have included a handwriting sheet to work on in the homework packs.

Below is great link to a lesson a day developing story writing skills from Oak Academy.


Links to some really good phonics games that you can change the difficulty level with: