What about handwriting?

Handwriting is seperate to phonics but is practised alongside the sound the children are learning in class. At Parkside, children in Reception learn to form their letters in a 'cursive print' style. This means that they do not need to learn a new style of teaching when they join their letters (generally in Year 2).

Children in Reception will start to learn the sound and letter formation for the easiest group of letters to write (c, a, o, d, g) and then move on to more complex letters. As they move on into Year 1, they will practise the formation of digraphs, which they will join, to reinforce the idea that the 2 letters make 1 sound.

N.B. Each letter starts on the line!