Handwriting is important because it is often the first impression of writing. Studies show we feel instinctively more favourable about pieces of writing when they are written neatly than when they're written untidily, even if the content is the same.
At Laddingford, we teach the children joined, cursive writing. We do not join capital letters but we do join all lower-case letters. This is to make sure they're writing is fluent and legible but also quick. We don't teach children to care about handwriting in a superficial manner but to understand that good handwriting enables them to be understood and to get their ideas down faster.
A sample sheet of the cursive letters we use can be found below along with a progression document that shows what level of handwriting we're expecting, for an average child, throughout the school. If you have any concerns about your child's handwriting, arrange to see their class teacher.
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