Handwriting in an important part of the English curriculum and a skill which supports all areas of the National Curriculum. The emphasis on handwriting has increased significantly in recent years. Below are the handwriting expectations for children in Key Stage 1 and 2 as set out in the National Curriculum:
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
When children incorrectly form letters, this leads to them experiencing difficulties in joining up their handwriting. This prevents them from making good progress towards achieving the end of Key Stage handwriting objectives. If the handwriting expectations are not achieved, this will prevent them achieving the expected standard for their year group.
As a school therefore, we have decided to begin to use and implement cursive handwriting from Reception through to Year 6. On-going research has shown strong links between using a joined cursive handwriting style and the development of more confident writers, improved spelling skills and writing fluency.
There are many other advantages of using cursive handwriting, such as;
Below is a copy of the new formation we will be using.
We hope that you will continue to support us, and your children, in this.