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Cursive handwriting style

At Wainscott, we teach all children (from Year 1 upwards) a cursive script as a way of promoting excellent handwriting and presentation across the school. In Reception, when your child first comes to school, they will learn to form every letter in the pre-cursive style in preparation for Year 1. A cursive script is a continuous script where every letter starts on the line. The alphabet below demonstrates this:

Every child's writing develops at a slightly different pace (as with most learning) but we have set out the following goals for each child's handwriting development.


By the end of the Reception year - the majority of children should be able to form all 26 letters of the alphabet correctly (pre-cursive)


By the end of Year 1 - the majority of children should be able to form all 26 letters of the alphabet correctly. 


By the end of Year 2 - the majority of children should be joining most of their writing using our cursive script.


By the end of Year 4 - the majority of children should be ready to use a pen throughout Years 5 & 6.


As with any skill, handwriting develops more rapidly with regular practice. Below is a selection of resources which you can download and use to develop your child's handwriting at home. Please speak to your child's class teacher if you have any questions about the resources, how to use them effectively or to discuss your child's handwriting. 

Here is an extremely useful website which has video animations on how to form and join letters in the cursive style we use at Wainscott. This will support your child too. Please click on the image below: 




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