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Handwriting at Whitefield


At Whitefield Infant School we teach continuous cursive handwriting from reception. Below are some of the benefits of teaching handwriting in this way:


  • Continuous cursive letters naturally join so children only have to learn this one font for lower case handwriting. Once they are secure in continuous cursive letters they will naturally be able to join their handwriting.
  • Continuous cursive letters flow rhythmically from left to right, aiding the speed and fluidity of the writing.
  • The starting and finishing points for all continuous cursive letters are easier to remember (they all start on the line, other than a few exceptions, they all finish on the line).
  • Teaching continuous cursive letters in family groups reinforces the shapes and directional pushes and pulls of the pencil needed to handwrite and can limit letter reversal issues, such as b & d.
  • Words are written in one set of movements, without the pen being taken off the paper, helping the motor memory store spellings.

Pre-cursive handwriting patterns


Practicing pre-cursive patterns such as, straight lines (vertical, horizontal, vertical), curves, tunnels and zig zags teaches children the correct directional pushes and pulls of the pencil, required to form letters. Children in Nursery and Reception are given lots of opportunity in continuous provision and during adult directed tasks to practice pre-cursive patterns needed for forming letters.



Click on the document below to see some examples of pre-cursive handwriting patterns that you could practice with your child at home to prepare them for writing.

Teaching of continuous cursive handwriting


When teaching handwriting to children in school the letters are taught in groups rather than in alphabetical order. The letter groups comprise letters that use the same, or similar shape and directional push and pulls of the pencil to form them. The table below shows the organisation and order in which the letters are taught.


Organisation of Letter Groupings


Common theme


Group 1

Curved lines

a, c, d, e, g, o, q, s

Group 2

Hooks and loops

f, j, k, y

Group 3

Straight lines

i, l, t, z

Group 4

Top exits

r, v, w, x

Group 5


b, h, m, n, p, u

Click on the documents below to practice letter formation with your child at home.
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