In Reception year, we teach children to form their letters correctly using a non-cursive script. As they become more proficient at writing words and sentences (across both Reception and Year 1) we support children to develop a clear and readable style of writing in the same non-cursive script.
From Year 2 onwards, we teach children a cursive handwriting script (pictured above) where every letter starts from the line. Whilst we recognise that all children progress at different rates (and from different starting points) our broad aims for handwriting are:
By the end of Reception Year - children should be forming all letters correctly (non-cursive script)
By the end of Year 2 - children should be joining their writing in a cursive script
By the beginning of Year 3 - all children start writing in pen, maintaining the cursive script they have been taught
This page contains a number of resources for families to download and use to practice handwriting with their child. If you have any questions about this, please speak with your child's class teacher.
A card showing each of the cursive, lower case letters alongside a capital letter. Useful for helping children to tell the two apart.
Two pages. The first shows the lower case, cursive letters. The second (dotted letters) allows children to write over the top of each letter (a bit like join the dots).
Four pages. Each cursive, lower case letter A to Z - look at it, write over the dotted version then have a try at writing it freehand.
Five pages. Grids for practising joining pairs of letters together. Look at the example, copy write it over the dotted joins then practise writing it freehand.
Five pages. As above but for words containing three letters.
Five pages. Extending children beyond the two and three letter joins.
Five pages. Grids which enable children to practise some of the 'curls and loops' necessary to maintain a continuous, cursive style.
Three pages. Sheets which provide children with the opportunity to practise these letters which appear less frequently in everyday words. X is the only letter which is formed by taking your pencil or pen off the page.