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Reviewing common exception words, no lead-ins

I can write common exception words using cursive handwriting.

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Year 2

Reviewing common exception words, no lead-ins

I can write common exception words using cursive handwriting.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Common exception words do not follow regular spelling or phonics rules.
  2. Letters in the common exception words will be joined using a range of joins depending on the letters in the word.
  3. The first letter starts at the correct starting point.
  4. There is appropriate spacing between the letters.
  5. You don't lift your pencil to add the 'cross' for the letter t until the letter string is complete.

Common misconception

Children might be so focused on the joins that they forget the importance of starting at the correct starting point for the first letter.

When modelling, emphasise to the children that the first time the pencil touches the page for the letter needs to be the starting point for the first letter.

Keywords

  • Common exception word - a word that does not follow the regular spelling or phonics rules, often occurring frequently but requiring specific memorisation

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

  • Join - connecting together

  • Starting point - the starting point is the place where we begin to write a letter

  • Letter string - a group of letters that are written together in a word

You can introduce a traffic light support to help children with the steps to prepare. Get ready (pencil in the tripod grip), get steady (pencil to the page at the correct starting point) and go!
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.
True or false: print and cursive are the most common forms of handwriting.
Correct Answer: true, True
Q2.
Cursive handwriting involves...
lifting your pencil after each letter.
Correct answer: joining letters together without lifting your pencil.
writing the letters separately within a word.
Q3.
How many different joins are there in cursive handwriting?
2
3
Correct answer: 4
5
Q4.
Which of these letters have a looped descender in cursive handwriting?
Correct answer: g
a
b
Correct answer: y
Correct answer: j
Q5.
Select the letters that are joined correctly.
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Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
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Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
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Q6.
Select the letters that are joined correctly.
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
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Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
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