At BFIS we teach children to form individual letters using a continuous cursive handwriting style (please see attached for a copy of each letter formation).
The British Dyslexia Foundation recommends that pupils use a continuous cursive style from as early an age as possible:
‘Typically, when first learning to write, children ‘print’ their letters. They then move on to ‘joined up’ writing at a later stage. For children with dyslexia, learning two styles of handwriting can add an extra layer of difficulty and cause confusion. It is, therefore, much more helpful if a young child can learn to use a single system of handwriting right from the start’.
We encourage children to sit correctly at a table, holding a pencil comfortably and correctly at all times. Pupils begin to form letters in the correct direction, starting and finishing in the right place as early as the Autumn term in Reception class and learn the 'whooshes in' (lead in) and 'whooshes out' (lead out) which gives them the starting and finishing points to join later on in Year 1 and 2.
Children are taught to form capital letters and digits 0-9 correctly and practise fluency and speed in regular handwriting sessions throughout the week.
Left-handed pupils receive specific teaching to meet their needs. Some left-handed pupils may find it more appropriate to leave a lower case ‘t’ and not join as this letter can be formed differently for a left-handed writer. Some other capital letters are also often formed differently for left-handed writers (E,F,H,I,J,T)