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Year 2

Review of the four joins with no lead ins

I can correctly form the four joins.

New
New
Year 2

Review of the four joins with no lead ins

I can correctly form the four joins.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Cursive handwriting involves joining letters together without lifting your pencil.
  2. The first join connects from the baseline to the x-height line.
  3. The second join connects from the baseline to the ascender line.
  4. The third join connects from the x-height line to the x-height line.
  5. The fourth join connects from the x-height line to the ascender line.

Common misconception

Children will often want to take their pencil off to form the join.

Emphasise the flowing motion of cursive writing. The letters need to be joined together so the pencil needs to stay on the page.

Keywords

  • Join - how things connect

  • Baseline - this is the line that most letters sit on

  • Ascender line - this is the top line of the tramlines

  • X-height line - this is the line that x-height letters reach

  • Dips below - dropping under something

Consistent practice is crucial. Short, daily practice sessions are more effective than longer, less frequent ones.
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.
How many different joins are there in cursive handwriting?
2
3
Correct answer: 4
5
Q2.
True or false. You can choose whichever join you would like when joining letters.
Correct Answer: false, False
Q3.
When should you lift your pencil when joining a letter string together?
Correct answer: when you have completed the letter string
to add a cross for the letter t in the middle of a letter string
Correct answer: after forming a break letter
whenever you would like a rest
Q4.
Select the break letters.
An image in a quiz
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
An image in a quiz
Q5.
Which letters have looped descenders when joining to other letters?
a
Correct answer: j
Correct answer: g
h
Correct answer: y
Q6.
What is a letter string?
letters that are together in the alphabet
Correct answer: a group of letters that are written together in a word
a group of words that are written together