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Here at Chiseldon we are very proud of our pupil’s handwriting and take particular care in our cursive/joined-up handwriting style. We use Letter-join as the basis of our handwriting policy that covers all the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum.





  • Sit in the correct position and hold a pencil correctly to allow fluid movement of the nib.
  • Improve fine and gross motor skills by enjoying drawing pre-cursive patterns in a variety of writing materials such as modelling clay, air writing, sand trays, felt pens, crayons, pencils, IWB, iPads/tablets.
  • Understand the language need to describe pencil movements in preparation of letter formation



  • Hold a pencil in an effective manner for writing and be encouraged to correct any errors in grip or stature.
  • Understand that letters are written on a base line and that all cursive letters ‘start on the line’ and ‘end with a hook’.
  • Begin to form some recognisable joined-up cursive letters, capital letters and numerals.
  • Have an understanding of writing their own name.
  • Understanding different shaped letter families.


  • Write legibly using upper and lower case letters with correct joins.
  • Ensure that letters sit on the base line and are consistent in size with ascenders and descenders that are the correct length and formation.
  • Leave the correct space between words.
  • Form capital letters and use where appropriate.
  • Form numerals that are consistent in size and sit on the base line.
  • Begin to form printed letters and understand when they are to be used.
  • Improve the speed of writing and begin to write automatically so promoting creativity in independent writing.



Improve quality, speed and stamina of handwriting.

  • Quality: Ensure letters are consistently sized with equal word spacing and that ascenders and descenders are parallel and do not touch words on the lines above and below.
  • Speed: Improve speed of handwriting to allow creative writing to take precedence over the task of handwriting and be able to take ‘quick notes’ at a faster pace.
  • Stamina: Have the strength and mobility to be able to write for longer periods of time without fatigue.