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In Year 1 we use a cursive handwriting script, leading towards joining up.

The letter families the children know from Year R are the same:-

  • ladder letters
  • curly caterpillar letters
  • one armed robot letters
  • zig zag letters


Now each letter will have a lead in and out and every letter starts on the line.


Below is a guide to the letter families and the letter formation.

There are lots of ways to practise letter formation and handwriting.

  • paint brush and water on a wall or patio
  • painting the letters
  • using chalk or felt tips
  • using a finger in a tray of sand, shaving foam or flour
  • using different coloured paper or on large pieces of paper


There also games and apps which help help especially on tablets with a stylus such as the one below:-

Below is a power point presentation which demonstrates the formation of each letter.

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