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Pre-cursive formation of c, a and d

I can form the pre-cursive letters c, a and d.

New
New
Year 2

Pre-cursive formation of c, a and d

I can form the pre-cursive letters c, a and d.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. The pre-cursive letters c, a and d all start on the baseline with a lead in
  2. The pre-cursive letters c, a and d all have a curved up stroke on the baseline as the lead out
  3. The letters c and a are x-height letters
  4. The letter d has an ascender
  5. The letters c, a and d are all formed by curling round in an anti-clockwise direction

Common misconception

For these letters, children may finish on the baseline and forget the curved stroke as the lead out

Emphasise to the children through modelling that there has to be a 'tail' for the letter to join to the next letter.

Keywords

  • Lead in - the stroke or line that guides us into starting a letter

  • Lead out - the stroke or line that guides us to smoothly finish a letter

  • X-height letter - letters that sit between the baseline and the x-height line

  • Curved up stroke - single movement of a pencil in a upward movement

When modelling, ensure to emphasise the lead in and lead out. It can sometimes be helpful to describe it as the letters holding out their hands to join together. If you forget the lead in or lead out then they can't hold hands.
Teacher tip

Content guidance

  • Physical activity required.

Supervision

Adult supervision recommended.

Licence

This content is © Oak National Academy Limited (2024), licensed on Open Government Licence version 3.0 except where otherwise stated. See Oak's terms & conditions (Collection 2).

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6 Questions

Q1.
Select the correct formation of the lower case letter c in print.
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Q2.
Select the correct formation of the lower case letter a in print.
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Q3.
Select the correct formation of the lower case letter d in print.
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Q4.
Select the correct formation of the pre-cursive letter b.
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Q5.
Select the correct formation of the pre-cursive letter p.
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Q6.
Select the correct formation of the pre-cursive letters h and k.
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Q4 image 3 Correct pre-cursive b Q5 image 2 Correct pre-cursive p Q5 image 3 incorrect pre-cursive p Q6 image 1 Correct pre-cursive h Q6 image 2 Incorrect pre-cursive k Q6 image 3 Correct pre-cursive k Q6 image 4 incorrect pre-cursive h