We aim for all children to achieve a neat, legible style with correctly formed letters in a cursive font, eventually producing a fluent joined handwriting style. It is vital that children can write quickly, comfortably and legibly, as it is a skill needed in many curriculum areas. Children’s self-esteem is also heightened when they are able to take pride in their handwriting. All staff use cursive script as appropriate when modelling, marking or writing comments on children’s work. Shared and guided writing activities enable staff to model letter formation and handwriting and provide children with opportunities to practise skills. Handwriting is also taught in separate sessions on a regular basis to ensure it is given sufficient emphasis. We teach a continuous cursive style. This involves all letters beginning on the line and finishing with a flick. Children are then taught to join the letters.