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 Throughout November and December, in Year 1 we will be teaching the children how to form cursive letters. Cursive handwriting is a style of writing that gets the children ready to join up. Unlike the alphabet cursive handwriting is taught in families depending on their formation. This week we are focusing on curly caterpillars. Practising makes perfect so here are some top tips to use at home

Sit up straight and hold your pencil correctly 

Start on the line

Curl the caterpillar over

Don't take your pencil off the page until you have finished that particular letter.

Still stuck? Watch this video

In Year 1 the children have phonics everyday for 20 minutes. Phonics is a strategy used to help children read and is made up of 5 different phases. Phase 3 and Phase 5 have sounds that are commonly used throughout Year 1. If you have any spare time at home you could....

Read the different sounds in funny voices

Choose a sound and write as many words as you can for that sound

Put them into an alien word and ask someone to read your words

Use the sounds to make an alien word.