At Rillington we teach the children to write in a cursive style from Year 1, children will learn to form every letter with an entry and exit stroke.
This is a solid foundation for teaching joined handwriting later on. Children are taught that every letter starts on the line. Next we begin to teach digraphs and trigraphs as joined letters.
One of the advantages of the cursive style is that you can quickly identify when a child is forming letters incorrectly. For example trying to start a at the bottom and moving clockwise, rather than starting with the entry stroke and then moving anticlockwise from the top of the letter to the bottom.
Although the cursive style can take slightly longer to write each letter separately, the benefits are clear when children start to join fully towards the end of Year 2.
Important points to remember
Constant repetition is the key, emphasising the correct entry and exit strokes every time. It is essential that our children get into good habits early on and this includes having the correct pencil grip.
Support at home can be given through play and exploration. Reluctant writers are often more willing to try if they are given different colour pens to write with, paint, chalk, a bottle of water with a sports cap, or even tracing over the letters with a toy car.