Parent’s Information

Letter Formation

The whole school follows the Penpals handwriting scheme.

In Foundation phase children are introduced to four main characters which help them memorise the correct formation of letters.

These characters are:

Long ladder letters

One-armed robot letters

Curly caterpillar Letters

Zig-zag monster letters

See the picture below to see what letter family each letter of the alphabet belongs to:


Click on the link below for a printable copy of the correct letter formation



When forming all letters it is important to remember never start at the bottom!


Pencil grip

When writing it is very important that children hold the pencil in the correct tripod grip.


The pictures below show the typical stages children go through when holding a pencil.


In school we us e the term “pinch your pencil” to encourage correct pencil grasp.

Games and activities

Please click on the links below to play some letter formation games.

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