Hawksworth CofE Primary School

'Learning through Love, Fun and Faith'

Handwriting

Cursive Handwriting

In January 2014 we adopted a new cursive handwriting scheme. The scheme has greatly improved the presentation of children's work across the school but has also helped children to see and remember spelling patterns and at Reception level to remember letter sounds.

In the Foundation Phase we begin by forming the letters individually, always starting on the line and going 'up the hill' and ending in a 'flick'. We never join upper case 'capital' letters to the rest of the word and so these letters do not need to go 'up the hill' or 'flick'. Although we do not join the letters together yet, remembering 'up the hill' and 'flick' prepares the children for joining their handwriting and makes the transition a lot easier. Generally, the 'joined up' handwriting is taught in Class 2, however, if a child is ready to join their letters earlier we will encourage them to do so.

If you would like to help your child to practice their cursive handwriting at home please see the image below for the correct formation. If you have any questions or would like know to more about cursive handwriting please feel free to ask our teaching staff.