All teachers have high expectations in the presentation of work in all areas of the curriculum. At The Trinity, direct teaching of handwriting takes place during the week, where we first teach the children how to form cursive print, including any pre-joins using the scheme “Letter Join”. This then leads to teaching the children to form cursive joined handwriting. Children are given the opportunity to practice letter formation and join at given times throughout the week as appropriate.
Within EYFS and the early stages of Year One, children should not be taught to join letters or to start every letter ‘on the line’ with a ‘lead-in’ because these practices cause unnecessary difficulty for beginners. Children may be taught to join the letters in digraphs, but this is optional (All resources designed for children to read should be in print).