Handwriting is a tool of communication in the written form.
Children learn to form letters in the print style in Reception. They learn phrases that help them remember the correct formation.
In Year 1, the pre-cursive letter formation is taught. The children focus on starting and finishing letters in the correct place, so they are sitting on the line. In Year 2, the focus is on forming letters that are the correct size in relation to each other with the diagonal and horizontal strokes needed to join them so by Key Stage 2, handwriting is fluent.
Please see below for guidance on letter formation.