At Benington we now use a ‘Cursive’ system for handwriting to ensure a uniform approach to letter formation, leading to a more effective, fluent and legible joined style.
Writing using this system enables children to write with increased flow and allows 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.
History of handwriting at Benington
- Children were taught correct letter formation with emphasis on correct grip and posture
- The handwriting policy stated that once children could form letters correctly and consistently that they would be taught to join.
- Some letters were not joined: b, g, j, p, s, and y. These were the letters that finished with a left facing stroke.
- Handwriting lessons were incorporated into English lessons.
- In a drive to improve standards, over the last few years we have introduced a pen licence.
- Research suggests that learning a cursive handwriting style earlier, improves presentation.
- There is evidence to suggest that children with fine motor difficulties and spelling difficulties do better if they do not have to take their pencil off the page and the writing flows.
- Teaching the ‘leads in’ as well as the ‘leads out’ of letters helps children to join correctly – by the end of Key Stage 2 the expectation is that children will have a neat, joined style.
- Other small schools in the local area that have adopted the cursive format have achieved outstanding results.