Here at Grove Road School we teach the Cursive Schools Script. Children from Reception will be taught to write letters with entry and exit extenders. This is so that they learn to join letters to form words as they become more confident in writing.
If children struggle with this method we will offer them an alternative way of forming letters correctly. However we believe that learning cursive is good for children’s fine motor skills, and writing in longhand generally helps students retain more information and generate more ideas. Studies have shown that children who learn cursive rather than simple manuscript writing score better on reading and spelling tests, perhaps because the linked-up cursive forces writers to think of words as wholes instead of parts.Researchers have also suggested that cursive can serve as a teaching aid for children with learning impairments like dyslexia.
As children develop as independent writers they begin to form their own neat, legible script. The use of cursive letter formation ensures that they are able to do this successfully.
Of course we recognise that the age of technology requires children to type as well has write freehand and so we offer children as many opportunities as possible to practice their keyboard skills on computers and tablets. We value all means of text and print in school.
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