St Mary's CofE Primary School - 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...Love your neighbour as yourself.' Matthew 22 v37-40

St Mary's CofE Primary School

Handwriting information

St. Mary's Handwriting expectations


The letters of the alphabet are split into 'families' of letters that are formed from the same initial starting point or shape.


1. Straight line family - letters based on a single vertical line

2. The coathanger family - letters based on a c shape

3. The bridge family - letters that have a vertical down stroke followed by a diagonal movement to the right

4. The zig zag family - letters that use a zig zag shape

5. The smile family - letters that start with a smiley mouth shape 

6. The misfits! Letters that are unique and individual and do not fit with any other letter groups

Handwriting is completed on 4 lines. 

Top broken

Top solid

Bottom solid

Bottom broken