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# The second join: el, mb, at and tt with no lead in

I can correctly form the second join.

New
New
Year 2

# The second join: el, mb, at and tt with no lead in

I can correctly form the second join.

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## Lesson details

### Key learning points

1. The letters are formed by following the right starting point and direction.
2. The second join goes from the baseline to the ascender line when joining to a tall letter.
3. The second join goes from the baseline to in between the x-height line and the ascender line when joining the letter t.
4. The pencil only lifts to add the cross to the t once you have finished the letter string.
5. When two letter ts are together, one cross can go across both.

### Common misconception

Children often want to add the cross for the t when forming that letter rather than waiting to the end of the letter string.

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

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

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

• Starting point - the point the formation of a letter begins on the tramlines

• Ascender line - this is the line that letters with ascenders reach up to

Within these lessons, the letter t doesn't reach the ascender line. If your school approaches this differently then adapt the lessons appropriately.
Teacher tip

### Content guidance

• Physical activity required.

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## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

Q1.
Match the lower case letters to their capital letter.

b

d

g

q

r

Q2.
Select the correct formation of the first join of 'an'.
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
Q3.
Select the correct formation of the first join of 'ap'.
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
Q4.
Select the correct formation of the first join of 'ar'.
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
Q5.
Select the correct formation of the first join of 'aw'.
Correct Answer: An image in a quiz
Q6.
True or false? The join for 'ig' is an example of the first join as the join is from the baseline to the x-height line.