The Links Primary School

Handwriting

We are changing our handwriting style and moving to a cursive style

The new 2014 curriculum says that children should learn to form all their lower case and capital letters plus digits 0-9 by the end of Year 1. They then need to start joining their letters in Year 2. In Year 3m they need to concentrate on increasing the legibility, consistency and quality of their joined handwriting. Throughout Key Stage 2, children need to keep up the quality of their handwriting and concentrate on increasing their speed.

In order to ensure our children are able to reach these expectations we have decided to adopt cursive handwriting as the handwriting style for our school.

Children will be taught cursive handwriting from Nursery. In Nursery and Reception children learn how to form the letters correctly and are not required to join them. From Year 1 onwards children will be encouraged to join letters as soon as they are able to.

Children are taught cursive writing because;

  • By making each letter in one movement, children’s hands develop a ‘physical memory’ of it, making it easier to produce the correct shape;
  • Children are less likely to reverse letters which are typically difficult (like b/d or p/q);
  • There is a clear distinction between capital letters and lower case;
  • The continuous flow of writing improves speed and spelling;
  • Leading strokes in to letters help children to sit each letter on the line on a page and start all formation from the same point.

Handwriting Booklet

Handwriting example showing starting positions

Curly Caterpillar Family

Zig Zag Monster Family

Long Ladder Family

Long Armed Robot Family

Examples of cursive handwriting