We aim for our pupils to develop a neat, legible, speedy handwriting style using Letter Join. We intend to use continuous cursive letters that leads to producing letters and words automatically in independent writing. By the end of Year 6 pupils will understand the importance of neat presentation and the need for different letterforms (cursive, printed or capital letters) to help communicate meaning clearly.
Consistency throughout the school
Pupils should experience coherence and continuity in the learning and teaching of handwriting across all school years and be encouraged to take pride in the presentation of their work, this starts as soon as they begin preschool at Little Daffodils. Our objective is to help pupils enjoy learning and developing their handwriting with a sense of achievement and pride.
Correct Posture for Sitting and Pencil Grip
Pupils should be taught to sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly
Left Handed Children
Left-handed children may find it difficult to follow right-handed teachers as they demonstrate letter formation (and vice versa). Teachers should demonstrate on an individual or group basis
- Left-handed pupils should sit to the left of a right-handed child so that they are not competing for space
- Pupils should position the paper/book to their left side and slanted (as shown)
- Pencils should not be held too close to the point as this can interrupt pupils’ line of vision
Pens and Pencils
Children are encouraged to start handwriting using a soft pencil. When fine motor skills have been established a handwriting pen can be used from KS2.
Cursive Lower Case Alphabet (with lead ins)