Cursive Handwriting

Introducing a whole school policy

Why choose cursive writing? “Every adult will consider the formation they use to be the most comfortable for them….. fluent.” . legible and fast for first time learners.this does not necessarily make it the most effective formation for children learning for the first time. Teachers must bear in mind the need to develop a handwriting style that is clear.

fluent legible and fast. • Having a lead in and out stroke avoids confusion about where to begin letter formation. . • The pencil does not often need to be lifted from the page – this reinforces phonic and spelling patterns.The benefits of teaching cursive script may be… • It helps children’s writing to be clear. • This has also proved beneficial for children with poor hand control and for dyslexic children.

Issues concerning the teaching of handwriting. Joining of letters Teaching routines for handwriting Policy for presentation and display . • • • • Prerequisites for writing.

Application – The skills learnt need to be put to use so that children see a point to their hard work. Direct teaching. Context.It should be taught through a balance of whole class and small group work but it should be taught! Practice –children need specific opportunities in school and at home to practise and reinforce good handwriting habits. .Key points to remember when planning for teaching handwriting.Handwriting should be an integral not isolated part of writing and spelling.

• Formation –gross motor skills . • Grip-wide/narrow. tripod grip. paper match • Control. link closely for Foundation Stage Curriculum. up down. implications for left handers.Prerequisites for writing.opportunities for large movements. build into role play • Sequence of movements – r to l. implements .

ELG states by the end of F2 children should be “Joining some letters when appropriate” • Links with spelling and handwriting – introduction of letters. seating. opportunity to practise in independent time .Joining of letters • Letters and flicks! • When to commence a joined script. left handers. • Progression in phonics – transition from KS1 to KS2 • Appropriate teaching points – consistency.

Teaching routines for handwriting • • • • When? How? Homework Application .

paper. names etc. fine motor. • Literate environment –Labels. gross motor. • What resources will you need to invest in? Consider implements. • Teacher modelling /marking • Displaying children’s writing – Does it always need to be “publish” standards • Handwriting portfolios and awards .Resources and presentation issues.

To be successful you need to invest: • Time • Money • A whole school commitment .

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