The Daily Supported Handwriting Scheme has been designed to help teachers prioritise handwriting as part of their daily classroom routine. This highly effective scheme takes children on a handwriting journey, ensuring that they leave Primary School with correctly formed and joined, cursive handwriting.
The handwriting style we promote is what is known as the ‘continuous cursive’ which means children use joined-up writing where each letter is formed without taking the pencil off the paper; ensuring each word is formed in one flowing movement.
The scheme requires handwriting to be taught for 15 minutes a day, a minimum of 4 times a week. It incorporates 4 different stages and each stage has 3 termly A4 workbooks. Children learn the basic letter formation in Reception and begin their cursive handwriting journey in Year 1. The scheme has been designed in line with the National Curriculum Spelling Appendix, incorporating Grapheme Phoneme Correspondence for sounds in Year 1 and the Spelling Focus for Year 2.
Children should enter KS2 with a clear understanding of all the cursive letter groups. In years 3 – 6 children will focus on the six basic joins and will apply these to words and sentences in their Daily Supported Handwriting lessons building up fluidity and speed of writing.
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