The 2014 National Curriculum states that pupils should ‘start using some of the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join letters’ from Year 2, and encourages schools to teach children ‘to write with a joined style as soon as they can form letters securely with the correct orientation’.
Research shows that continuous cursive handwriting aids children with learning new spellings due to increased muscle memory.
Stage 1 - EYFS
Ready to Write
The children will be developing gross and fine motor skills
Stage 2 - EYFS / Year 1
Forming letter families
Secures correct letter formation
Stage 3 - Year 1 / 2
Positioning and pre-cursive
Forming letters of correct size and beginning to join
Stage 4 - Year 2 / 3
Understanding letter joins and increasing legibility, quality and consistency
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