From reception to year 6, the pupils of Woodlands are taught to form letters in the same way. In reception, pupils are exposed to unjoined cursive handwriting, which begins and starts on the line with a cursive flick. 
Within early years, you will see a range of cursive and normal letter formation. This is to aid the children in developing their reading with the recognition of both. Our cursive fonts are found in our resources and displayed for the children consistently throughout school.  
Children begin to learn how to join cursively in year 1. Handwriting is a skill that is taught by the teachers, alongside spellings and handwriting, with an aim of at least 10 minutes daily focus.
Before the children learn how to form letters, they will carry out a variety of motor control activities and following patterns. Each classroom is also equipped with a fine motor tray to help develop this and support pupils who may need further intervention. 
Capitals are lonely letters – they do not join. There are six types of letters that are taught to the pupils: 
  • Straight letters 
  • 2 O'clocks - starting at 2 O'clock
  • Tunnel letters
  • Top joiners 
  • Square letters 
  • Odd letters
These can be found, in the handwriting strips that the pupils have available to them in the classroom. These can be downloaded from the Example Resources on the right of this page or using this link
If children are struggling to write, the teacher will get the child to relax their hand whilst holding the pencil and they will be shown how to correctly form the letters. 
We will use visualisers to model good handwriting alongside handwriting books and displays.
As pupil’s confidence, fluency and speed improves, pupils aim is to get their pencil (R-Y3) or pen licence (Y4 – Y6). Each year, they have the opportunity to earn these rewards and keep to the highest expectations.