Handwriting at KEPS
At KEPS, we have adopted a cursive handwriting style. In cursive handwriting, all letters flow from left to right making it less likely for children to reverse letters. Children are taught to start each letter with a lead-in - this is called 'Continuous Cursive'. This also creates a clear distinction between upper and lower case letters. Cursive follows natural movement, and as a result, the continuous flow of writing using joins ultimately improves the speed of writing and aids accurate spelling due to muscle memory. This style of writing has been particularly useful for children who display traits of dyslexia. At KEPS, we use the Twinkl Handwriting scheme.
What do I need to know about cursive script?
*All the letters start on the line.
*The majority of letters finish on the line with a ‘flick’ ready to join the next letter.
*The pencil does not leave the page until the word is finished.
*t and x are crossed and i is dotted once the word is written.
In EYFS, children focus primarily on correct letter formation.
In Year 1, children to work on letter size, orientation and proportion, and are introduced to the cursive script in preparation for joining in Year 2.
In Year 2, children are introduced to all the joins.
In Years 3 and 4, children consolidate the handwriting joins, fluency, legibility and speed.
In Years 5 and 6, children work on increasing speed, developing presentation skills, and how to use different styles for different purposes.