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Year 2

The first join: ag, ac, na and to with no lead in

I can correctly form the first join.

New
New
Year 2

The first join: ag, ac, na and to with no lead in

I can correctly form the first join.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. The letters are formed by following the right starting point and direction.
  2. Cursive letter joins refer to how the letters connect together.
  3. The pencil does not lift when forming the join.
  4. The first join goes from the baseline to the x-height line.
  5. The cross for the letter t gets added once the letter string is complete.

Common misconception

Children will often want to add the 'cross' for the t while forming the t which would break the flow of joining.

Model and emphasise to the children that the pencil doesn't come off the page until the letter string is complete. Then, you can add the missing parts like the cross for the t.

Keywords

  • Cursive - style of handwriting where the letters are joined together in a flowing and connected manner

  • Join - connecting together

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

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

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

Give the children a visual of the letters being joined together by holding hands. If you lift your pencil then you are breaking the connection and 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.
True or False? Cursive handwriting is 'joined up' handwriting.
Correct Answer: True, true
Q2.
Match the capital letter with its corresponding lower case letter.
Correct Answer:S,s

s

Correct Answer:T,t

t

Correct Answer:U,u

u

Correct Answer:V,v

v

Q3.
Match the capital letter to its corresponding lower case letter.
Correct Answer:W,w

w

Correct Answer:X,x

x

Correct Answer:Y,y

y

Correct Answer:Z,z

z

Q4.
Which is the correct formation of the letter x in print?
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
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Q5.
Which is the correct formation of the letter y in print?
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
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Q6.
Which is the correct formation of the letter z in print?
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
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