Has anyone got any tips on improving a year 5's child handwriting, and presentation of work in general?
At a recent parents eveining, the teacher said that if their work was subject to a HT appeal, this could let him down, either though he's quite capable of the work in general.
Well at least your school realises it is a problem. I have had the same problem with my son for years - he is always in a hurry to get finished to get on to the next thing and his writing is untidy and presentation is not great. I have lost count of the number of times I have been into the school and complained that he was being allowed to get away with this only to be told that as teachers they are trained to look beyond the messiness at the quality of the work. My son missed passing the 11+ by a few points and it went to HT appeal and they were told that the presentation and neatness of his work wasn't good enough for grammar school!!!!!!!!!!!
I am forever trying to get him to space things out so things look neater and to not squash things up.
He brought a book home the other week and he had done a couple of pieces of work in that that looked really neat and when I said to him how much better it looked he said that he had done that with a fountain pen, but he had since lost the fountain pen (lets not get started about boys losing things all the time!).
My son also has the roller ball pens that doodles mentioned and I don't think they have helped with his writing at all, definitely a fountain pen I would say.