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When should capital letters be taught?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Staycebayliss, Oct 9, 2018.

  1. Staycebayliss

    Staycebayliss New commenter

    When should children be taught to recognise each of the capital letters, i.e. that a capital h is H?
  2. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    My class are 3-4 years old and some can recognise the initial letter of their name and the lower case as well. We've not talked about 'capital letters' but they know, for example, that A, a and a handwritten a are all the same.

    But in general I'd expect year 1, if they hadn't started in reception.
  3. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    It tends to start at home, before school years, but if a child comes from a family who have never mentioned capital letters, its not particularly important, no hurry
  4. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    It really doesn't...and I teach in a school with super pushy and involved parents!

    And capital letters are very important. As soon as children write sentences, they need capital letters. So between reception and year 1 for most children.
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  5. dunnocks

    dunnocks Star commenter

    it does here
  6. ABCCBA123321

    ABCCBA123321 Occasional commenter

    Mine really got it cemented when they started faffing about on the household computers (they have upper+lower case stickers on the keyboard that's "the kids" computer but of course nicking mine is always the more preferable option as I've got a spinny chair). So end of Reception/start of Y1 really.
  7. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    When they're ready :)
  8. Over_the_hill

    Over_the_hill Star commenter

    I’ve been doing it all this week in Year 1.

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