There are five basic skills which are imperative for the development of children’s writing. These are:
- Visual motor skills – this is the ability to copy shapes, letters and numbers.
- Visual perception – the ability to discriminate between letters and objects.
- Trunk control – a strong trunk is needed for delicate fine motor tasks.
- Shoulder stability when writing – children need slow, well controlled shoulder movements.
- Fine motor skills – the use of small muscles.
We ensure all children are given the opportunity to develop their gross motor and fine motor skills in a range of ways within the learning environment. This is made explicit to the children and helps them to understand the purpose of their activities.