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We use a ‘Cursive’ system for handwriting. We do this to ensure a uniform approach to letter formation, leading to a more effective, fluent and legible joined style. Through this new system, we raised standards in writing. 

Cursive handwriting enables children to write with increased flow, allowing them to concentrate on the content of their work and correct spelling. Each letter starts on the line, so the pen flows and does not leave the page during a word.

We aim to teach the children this system when they are ready and support their development throughout the different stages of school. Once good practice is established, we will encourage children to develop their individual style.

Teachers and support staff will consistently model cursive handwriting in lessons. We have purchased a cursive font for typed work to enable everyone to become used to the cursive appearance.

Please read on to get an idea of how Cursive handwriting will be taught throughout the school. Even if your child is in Key Stage two and going straight to joined writing, it will benefit you to know the foundations in order to support your child at home.


In Kingsway Class the pupils will be introduced to a non-joined cursive formation in order to prepare the children for joined cursive writing alongside their phonic development. The children need to have clear recognition of letters in order to make their phonic links for reading and independent writing.

We will be calling the entry stroke ‘get ready’ and then teaching the letter formation using the ‘Read, Write Inc.’ scheme that we have used for the past year.

We believe the cursive system will enhance our normal practice, as the children will know to always start in the same place with their pencils whatever the letter!

*We always ensure a child is truly ready to write before introducing any kind of letter formation and sessions are always very multi- sensory and fun!


We will focus on ensuring children are well prepared to write. We are careful to establish whether they have strength in their hands (many are still developing fine motor skills), an effective and correct pencil grip and a good level of confidence for writing.

Much of our practice at this stage complements the work done in Foundation Stage, making the transition process as smooth as possible. The children will continue to develop their non-joined cursive letters in preparation for joining once they are ready to do so. They will also look at the new way to write a Z and an F!


In Year One, children will be introduced to joined cursive writing, which focuses on the exit strokes linking to the entry strokes. This process is carefully modelled by the teachers and teaching assistants. It should feel quite natural to the children, as they will have had a well-structured introduction.

In Key Stage Two children benefit from knowing that each letter starts in the same place (on the line) and enjoying the flow of their pen, as it never leaves the paper mid word!

At this stage, presentation should be a priority for children, we encourage them to value their work at all stages and to be proud of their efforts. By putting an emphasis on handwriting, we hope to raise standards in literacy and celebrate the written word through awards and displays.

Children progress and develop at varying rates throughout their primary education, so the expectations from us are always tailored to the individual. If your child is not quite ready to be writing with cursive joins, then we will recognise this and put in place the necessary interventions to help them get there.

If you have any questions or feel you would like more detail on how this system will look in your child’s class and how you can support at home, then please make an appointment to see your child’s teacher.

  • Aston & Cote C of E Primary School
  • School House, Cote Road
  • Aston
  • Bampton, Oxfordshire
  • OX18 2DU
  • Tel: 01993 850435
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