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At our school we put a real emphasis on developing children’s handwriting from EYFS. Children are taught cursive from EYFS and develop these skills alongside the Read Write Inc programme as they progress through KS1. 

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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You can support your child further at home by showing them these cursive scripts and encouraging them to use them in their writing at home, especially in their homework. Although it seems tricky the children really benefit from learning this early on. We also encourage children to follow these rules when writing. 

If your child is finding handwriting tricky please come and speak to us. You can support them further at home by developing their fine motor control skills – tricky colouring in is a good way to do this and see the links below.

Some examples of our amazing handwriting can be found below.

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