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All Saints Handwriting Teaching Sequence

Stage

Description of what should be taught

1

  • Teach the correct formation and orientation of lower and upper case letters
  • Introduce printed version first

2

 

  • Teach the recognition of joined script, tails in and tails out
  • Teach the recognition of non joining of capital letters
  • Practice the continuous flow of cursive writing through use of line pattern practice
  • Teach the identification of letter families according to how they are written cursively – long ladder/ curly caterpillar/ one armed robots/zig zag monsters/ horizontal/ diagonal / looped joins

3

  • Teach the lower case letters. With lead ins at the start and tails coming out at the end.

4

  • Teach lower case letters with leads ins at the start and tails coming out at the end mixed in with  non joined capital letters.

5

  • Teach ascending lower case letters with leads in and tails coming out at the end. Focus on consistency of heights.
  • Teach ascending lower case letters with leads in and tails coming out at the end mixed with non ascending lower case letters. Focus on consistency of heights.
  • Teach the above and include non joining capital letters.

6

  • Teach descending lower case letters without loops (p  q) with leads in and tails coming out at the end. Focus on consistency of drop length below line.
  • Teach the above mixed with non descending lower case letters. Focus on consistency of drop length.
  • Teach the above and include non joining capital letters.

7

  • Teach descending lower case letters with loops. Focus on consistency of drop length below line.
  • Teach the above mixed with non looping  lower case descending letters. Focus on consistency of drop length
  • Teach the above and include non joining capital letters.

8

  • Teach all patterns learnt so far – a mixture of ascending and descending letters (with and without loops), non ascending and descending letters: all with leads in, tails coming out at the end combined with non joining capitals.

9

  • Provide opportunities for children to write at greater length when using cursive script
  • Provide opportunities for children to write at faster speeds using cursive script

 10

  • Provide opportunities for children to develop their own cursive style and adapt cursive styles for effect
Once children can write in a neat cursive style and are applying this across the curriculum and not just in handwriting lessons they are provided with a pen licence and given a pen to use in class.
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