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By Oxford Owl, posted on 19th May 2020

Writing a thank you letter

Life is pretty strange at the moment, but one positive of our current situation is how people have come together to help one another.

Teachers, doctors, nurses, keyworkers, family members, and many others in the community have stepped up to help others during their time of need. Encouraging your child to write a thank you letter to someone who has helped is a lovely gesture, and will also give them an opportunity to practise their handwriting skills!

You can download our Nelson handwriting letter template to help you get started.

Tips for writing a letter

1. Plan

Before you start the letter, think about what you want to say. What has this person done to help you or your family, and how did it make a difference? Is there anything you want to tell them about?

2. Prepare

Get ready to start writing:

  • Check your position – are you sitting comfortably with your feet on the floor?
  • Check your pencil – are you holding it correctly?
  • Check your paper – is it at the right angle to write, and does it have lines to help you?

3. Think about handwriting

As you write, try to use your best handwriting. Think about letter joins. Remember ascenders should be the same height as capital letters, and descenders should not be too long or curly.

4. Sign off

Think about how to end your letter. If you do not know the person you are writing to, we usually end with Yours faithfully. If you do know the person you are writing to, but not very well, we usually end with Yours sincerely.

5. Add drawings

Think of ways you could illustrate your letter. Could you draw a picture or a border? Get creative!

6. Check your letter

Re-read your letter to check it says everything you want it to, and then check you have done the following:

  • the letter is set out clearly and neatly
  • capital letters are the correct height and size
  • letters are consistent in size and proportion
  • your writing is neat and legible.

Nelson handwriting letter template

Practise your handwriting skills by writing a letter to say thank you to someone who has helped you during this time. This may be a teacher, a family member, or someone else in your local community. You may even want to send a thank you letter to all doctors and nurses!

Once you are finished, ask a trusted adult to share this on Twitter – and tag us @OUPPrimary.

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