At Kemble we teach children to write in cursive handwriting.
We follow Letterjoin and use their interactive resources to model good letter formation and joins. We share Letterjoin log ins with parents to enable pupils to practice their skills at home.
Teachers in class always model in cursive handwriting across the curriculum to support the development of this important lifelong skill.
Follow this link to find out more about cursive handwriting and letterjoin’s scheme of work:
Oak Class (Reception)
Children are taught the pre-cursive letter formation for all the lower case letters as they learn them in the first two terms of the Reception year. We teach lead in lines for each letter and encourage them to learn this from the very beginning.
We encourage children to recognise Capital letters and use them in their name in Reception but focus mainly on the lower case letters to develop their readiness for joining in Key Stage One.
By the end of the Reception year, most children will be starting to write in joined cursive.
Beech Class (Years One and Two)
In Beech class children continue with daily handwriting lessons. In Year One children will continue to practice their joining skills and are introduced to the letter families. They will learn how to form Capital letters and Numbers. In Year Two children continue to refine their handwriting, developing stamina and fluency. Handwriting lessons in Year 2 allow pupils to practice their grammar and spelling.
Horse Chestnut Class (Years 3 and 4)
In Lower Key Stage 2, pupils are taught handwriting three times a week with the focus on legibility, size and consistency.
Chestnut Class (Years 5 and 6)
By the time pupils reach Upper Key Stage 2, it is expected that their handwriting is speedy, fluent, legible and tidy. Pupils continue with the handwriting scheme three times a week, building on their automacity and stamina for sustained pieces of writing.