We have been practising our pencil grip and strengthening our core muscles using WriteDance at school in readiness for writing. We used big movements to draw circles and eights in the air with rainbow scarves, matching them to the music, before drawing them down on paper.

If you would like to help at home you could strengthen hand muscles by squeezing sponges at bath time, watering the garden with spray bottles or screwing up old newspaper in to tiny balls – don’t forget to use both hands!

All of our hand control activities help to develop a good pencil grip.

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso came to visit us at school and told us about his pictures of faces with eyes and mouths in the wrong places. He loves to use different colours too! He also likes blue and white stripes.

We used scissors and glue to cut up photographs of our faces to make pictures like Picasso. Look at how funny we look!