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Year 2

Formation of e, s, f, v, w, x and z

I can form the letters e, s, f, v, w, x and z.

New
New
Year 2

Formation of e, s, f, v, w, x and z

I can form the letters e, s, f, v, w, x and z.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. The letters e, s, v, w, x and z are all x-height letters.
  2. The letter f has an ascender and a descender.
  3. The letters v and w are both formed by going diagonally down and back up.
  4. The letter x is formed by making two diagonal straight lines crossing in the centre.
  5. The letter z is formed by a zig-zag pattern with a straight, then diagonal and then a straight line.

Common misconception

There is a tendency for children to form the letter z backwards.

Model with directions in the room - 'straight across towards the door, diagonally back to the window, straight across to the door again'.

Keywords

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

  • Ascender - the part of a letter that extends above the x-height line

  • Descender - the part of a letter that descends below the baseline

  • Anti-clockwise direction - moving or going in the opposite direction of a clock's hands

  • Diagonal line - a line that slants or leans

Having pictures around the classroom of the letters will support children with their writing. Pictures which show the starting point and direction the pencil will travel first is very useful.
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 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 lower case letter v in print.
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Q5.
Select the correct formation of the lower case letter w in print.
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Q6.
Select the correct formation of the lower case letters x and z in print.
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