Phonics and Handwriting Information
How to Hold a Pen or Pencil
The foundation of any good writing is holding your pen or pencil correctly. We start in Reception teaching the children to 'crocodile snap' which is a fun way of ensuring the thumb and index finger pinch the pencil. The crocodile snap is the next step up from the tripod grip (where 3 fingers are used) and should be encouraged as soon as children show good control when using 3 fingers to hold their writing apparatus.