National Handwriting Day Resources

2021-01-18

With digital resources increasingly prevalent in the classroom, National Handwriting Day gives teachers a chance to encourage their pupils to put pen to paper.


Created by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association and first marked in 1977 as a response to the rising use of technology, the day is marked annually on 23rd January.


As most teaching is currently being delivered remotely, teachers can use the day to inspire their pupils to pick up a pen and practise their writing – from creating a written journal or trying out calligraphy to creating a short story.


There are plenty of inspirational resources that can support this type of activity too, with some of the stand-out options for primary and secondary teachers included below.


Twinkl

Celebrate the art of handwriting with pupils with the displays and practice books available via Twinkl, which features a range of useful downloadable resources.


Among the free resources are starter packs for Key Stage 1 pupils, alongside some for Key Stage 2 that put the focus on cursive and pen control. A range of paid-for premium options can further support the development of handwriting.


The National Handwriting Association

As a charity seeking to raise awareness of the role of handwriting within literacy, the National Handwriting Association has a Good Practice for Handwriting Toolkit which can be downloaded by teachers.


Some resources are free, while others are available to NHA members – all seek to help youngsters to improve their handwriting and discover new ways of writing.


WikiHow

Packed with inspirational ways to celebrate National Handwriting Day, WikiHow features numerous ideas and activities that could be weaved into lesson plans.


Delve into the world of fonts and writing styles, revisit the skills of joined up handwriting or encourage pupils to write down a set of goals or targets they wish to achieve – perhaps for the weeks ahead if they are working from home.


TES

Should a teacher want to focus on cursive, in particular, TES has a range of booklets and worksheets that the support the development of joined up handwriting.


Numerous paid-for resources can also be downloaded, from handwriting booklets and quoting kits to other essentials that can be weaved into plans for National Handwriting Day.


Busy Things

Worksheet creator tools and alphabet tracing are among the resources available at Busy Things, which is packed with engaging resources and ideas for primary school pupils that are aligned to the national curriculum.


A 28-day free trial is currently available for teachers wishing to try out the resource, while pupils can also access the content from home if a school or teacher has subscribed.


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