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Curriculum  »  Cursive Handwriting


We are now part of the Letter – Join handwriting scheme, providing a whole school systematic and progressive approach to the teaching of handwriting.

Handwriting is a basic skill that influences the quality of work throughout the curriculum. Greater emphasis has been placed on presentation, the formation of letters and joined handwriting to meet the end of Key Stage targets so the formal teaching of handwriting is carried out regularly and systematically to support meeting these. By the end of Key Stage 2 all pupils should have the ability to produce fluent, legible and, eventually, speedy joined-up handwriting. Through the use of Letter join, we aim to make handwriting an automatic process that does not interfere with creative and mental thinking.

Skills taught throughout school


For our youngest pupils we teach handwriting on a daily basis and as part of our phonics sessions.
Activities include the following;

  • Movements to enhance gross motor skills such as air-writing, pattern making, dancing.
  • Exercises to develop fine motor skills such as making marks on paper, whiteboards, blackboards, sand trays, iPads and tablets.
  • Letter learning to familiarise letter shapes, formation and vocabulary. We do not teach cursive letter formation in the Foundation Stage. 


Years 1 to 3:

Tuition will continue with three to five weekly lessons of around 30 minutes covering:

  • Gross and fine motor skills exercises.
  • Cursive handwriting introduction and practice.
  • Numerals, capitals and printed letters: where and when to use, learning and practice.


Years 4 to 6:

More advanced handwriting techniques will be taught during two or three weekly lessons of 30 to 45 minutes teaching:

  • Cursive handwriting re-enforcement.
  • Form-filling/labelling using printed and capital letters.
  • Dictation exercises to teach the need for quick notes and speedy handwriting writing.

Letter- join at home

Letter- join activities and resources can be accessed at home on a laptop and table. If you have lost the logins please see your class teacher.