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Pre-cursive formation of e, s and f

I can form the pre-cursive letters e, s and f.

New
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Year 2

Pre-cursive formation of e, s and f

I can form the pre-cursive letters e, s and f.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. The pre-cursive letters e, s and f all have a lead in and a lead out
  2. The pre-cursive letter f has a loop as the lead in and a loop as the lead out
  3. The letters e and s are x-height letters
  4. The pre-cursive letter f has an ascender and a descender

Common misconception

The two loops on the pre-cursive letter f can be challenging for children at first.

Lots of modelling and opportunities to trace the grey examples will support correct formation.

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

  • Loop - rounded or curving elements that contribute to the overall shape of a letter

Using a visual of the f 'looping their hands around' to join the next letter can help remind children to form the loop.
Teacher tip

Content guidance

  • Physical activity required.

Supervision

Adult supervision recommended.

Licence

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6 Questions

Q1.
Select the correct formation of the lower case letter e in print.
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Q2.
Select the correct formation of the lower case letter s in print.
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Q3.
Select the correct formation of the lower case letter f in print.
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Q4.
Select the correct formation of the pre-cursive letter o.
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Q5.
Select the correct formation of the pre-cursive letter g.
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Q6.
Select the correct formation of the pre-cursive letter q.
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Q4 image 2 correct pc o Q4 image 3 incorrect pc o Q5 image 1 incorrect pc g Q5 image 3 incorrect pc g Q6 image 1 incorrect pc q Q6 image 2 Correct pre-cursive letter q