We are constantly adding new resources to Letter-join, many suggested by our subscribing schools.

July 2020
New Game! LetterLotto

Here’s another fun game from Letter-join to encourage children to practise their handwriting at home. Great for home learning and to reinforce classroom handwriting lessons.

LetterLotto is ideal for children to use at home on iPads and tablets for independent learning. Children can practise letter recognition and orientation of cursive letters and hear the sound of the letters whilst having fun matching them with the letters on their Lotto card. The letters are then displayed on a moving screen with a cheer of encouragement!

As with all Letter-join activities, a school’s preferred letterforms for f, k, w, x and z will be used, and the font (lead-in or no lead-in) will be as chosen by class teachers.

Click the button and display a random letter. Is it on your card? Trace it neatly and it will be marked off your card. Complete the card to be rewarded with a cheer.

Here’s how to play:

• Under the Fun tab, select ‘LetterLotto’.

• Choose a level to play from Easy, Harder or All.

• Click for a letter on the icon displayed and listen to its sound.

• If the letter is not on the Lotto card, click on the ‘cross’ icon to display the next letter.

• If the letter is on the Lotto card click on the ‘tick’ icon.

• Trace over the letter neatly and it will appear on the Lotto card.

• Repeat this until all the letters on the Lotto card have been matched.

May 2020
LetterMatch
Just added to Letter-join, a new, fun, home learning activity to teach children the names and sounds of the letters of the alphabet. 

Ideal for children to use at home on iPads and PCs for independent learning.

Under the Fun tab, select ’LetterMatch’. Choose a section and listen to the sounds of lowercase letters and names of capitals by clicking on each letter. 

When the sounds have been learned, play a matching pairs game to reinforce the learning task.

As with all Letter-join activities, a school’s preferred letterforms for f, k, w, x and z will be used, and the font (lead-in or no lead-in) will be as chosen by class teachers.
March 2020
Be prepared!

Get ready to practise handwriting at home
Letter-join includes lots of great handwriting activities for pupils to enjoy at home, using the same letterforms which have been selected by your school.

NEW! ‘How to’ videos
Watch Letter-join’s new videos to help ensure that teachers, pupils and parents are set up for home learning with Letter-join.

Video instructions for class teachers >

Video instructions for parents >

Class names
When children log in from home, they can select their class name from the list. If your class name has not already been changed you can do it by selecting: Info > Account Information 

Here are some suggestions of tasks to set for home learning:

Early Years

  • Watch and practise: Patterns, Easy letters, Easy words
  • Magic Patterns
  • Write it Right! (Easy)
  • Phonics phase 1 – click on the picture and make the noises
  • Phonics phase 2 – listen to the sounds and trace the phonemes
  • PhonicsMatch (Phase 2)
Key Stage 1
  • Watch and practise: Easy words, Harder letters, Harder words
  • Watch and practise ’More letters’: Capitals, Printed letters, Numbers, Symbols
  • Magic Words
  • Write it Right! (Medium or Hard)
  • Class Word Banks for:
    - high frequency words
    - spellings
    - seasonal vocabulary, etc.
  • Word search (Easy or Medium)
  • Phonics Phase 3, 4 or 5 – listen to the sounds and trace the phonemes and graphemes
  • PhonicsMatch (Phase 3, 4 or 5)

Key Stage 2

  • PhonicsMatch (revisit Phase 5)
  • Word search (Hard or Harder)
Class Word Banks for:
  • topic words
  • French/Spanish vocabulary
  • spellings, etc.

Go to Key Stage 2 Printouts and try:

  • Note-taking – read the example and practise making notes
  • Nice and Neat – practise copying longer passages in neat handwriting
  • Word of the Week – use the template to explore a new and unfamiliar word
  • History – research a topic and using the template, label a picture and write about it

Set class tasks

Find out how to set learning tasks for your pupils to access at home.
Follow this link >

9th March 2020
Holi activities

It’s Holi on 9th March 2020.

Learn about the most popular Hindu festival with our Holi worksheets and activities which offer lots of handwriting practice too!

For the worksheets click: Resources > Printouts > Seasonal and Fillers > Festivals and select Holi.

Find Holi word banks in Letter-join’s Fun section. Teachers can select a bank of ready-made animations of Holi words on the pull-down list, with or without lead-in lines, for children to practise at school or at home. Great for building and improving your class’s vocabulary and sparking interest for seasonal activities.

Children can choose ‘Watch’ to see the word being written and then ‘Try’ to trace over the words on a whiteboard or tablet.

For further handwriting practice click on ‘Activities’ to:

• Automatically produce a look, trace and copy spelling list using all the words in the seasonal word bank.

• Produce a word search using a selection of words from the bank which can be completed online or printed out for real handwriting practice.

 



February 2020
Phase 5 Phonics

Letter-join’s phonics section has been updated and the addition of phase 5 completes this handy resource from Letter-join, offering further activities to support the teaching of phonics using cursive handwriting.

 

In phase 5, graphemes that have the same sound but different spellings are presented, for example, the long ‘a’ sound: a, ai, ay, ei, ea, a-e. Children can also see how to write split digraphs in words such as the ‘a-e’ in ‘cake’. They can then trace each grapheme on their tablets.

Phase 5 phonics also introduces alternative pronunciations for graphemes, for example, the different sounds made by the grapheme ‘ou’ as in ‘house’, ‘four’, ‘group’ and ‘country’.

The completion of Letter-join Phonics enables the teaching of all the phonics phases using the Letter-join font, building a joined-up approach to teaching cursive handwriting. It also includes PhonicsMatch, a fun matching pairs game where children can test their memory powers against the clock!
February 2020
Five and fifteen minute fillers

When you have a few minutes to fill, these whiteboard activities are ideal. 
These easy-to-follow handwriting games and activities will keep your pupils engaged at a minute’s notice. Simply select an activity and display on your class whiteboard; no printing or planning is required. 

Find these in Resources > Printouts > Seasonal and Fillers:

5 minute fillers:

  • GMS warm-ups
  • FMS warm-ups
  • Tripod grip
  • Magic Patterns
  • Magic Words
  • Phonics Phase 1
  • Phonics Phase 2
  • Phonics Phase 3
  • Phonics Phase 4
  • Phonics Phase 5


15 minute fillers:

  • Punctuation Actions
  • PhonicsMatch
  • Word Search
  • Write it Right!
  • Jokes
  • Tongue Twisters
  • ei or ie?
  • Synonyms
  • Capital Letters in Titles
  • Crossword
January 2020
New Printouts section
Easily find worksheets and printouts

The Printouts section, in Letter-join’s Resources, has recently been updated and now offers easy access to all of the Letter-join worksheets and printouts.

Teachers can choose from our wide range of printed resources by selecting from Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Posters and Handouts, or Seasonal and Fillers. Each section has a comprehensive list of all printouts, making it easier for staff to locate exactly what they need for teaching handwriting.

December 2019
Search facility
Letter-join has a new way to find resources

Save valuable time looking for worksheets, web pages and activities with Letter-join’s new search facility. Find what you need at the click of a button!

Simply click on the magnifying glass located at the top right of the Letter-join web page and a search bar will appear. Type in a key word for what you are looking for and a list of options will be given for you to choose from.
November 2019
Christmas Word Banks
Christmas Word Banks are now available and ready to use

Find these in Letter-join’s Fun section. Teachers can select a bank of ready-made seasonal words from three different levels on the pull-down list with lead-in or no-lead letters for children to practise at school or at home.

Great for building and improving your class’s vocabulary and sparking their interest for seasonal activities.

Children choose ‘Watch’ to see the word being written on a whiteboard or tablet and then ‘Try’ to trace over the words.

For further practice click on ‘Activities’ to:

• automatically produce a look, trace and copy spelling list using all the words in the seasonal word bank.

• produce a word search using a selection of words from the bank which can be completed online or printed for real handwriting practice.
October 2019
Write it Right!
Check out our latest fun, interactive, cursive handwriting activity

Aimed at EYFS and KS1, this is an independent activity that rewards children’s neat handwriting with a picture gallery of their handwritten words for them to share. Perfect for practising cursive handwriting with the added benefit of strengthening your learners’ reading, spelling and phonic knowledge and skills.

Here’s how it works:

• Select ’Write it Right!’ in Letter-join’s ’Fun’ section
• Children choose a level - easy, medium or hard.
• Then, they type their name and neatly trace over it.
• Next, they select a picture; the word matching the picture is spoken and children trace over the word.
• Children can have as many attempts as they like until they are happy with their handwriting.
• This is repeated for each picture.

Each child’s completed handwritten words are then displayed on a moving screen with a cheer of encouragement!

There is an option to print the page with the completed words for display or to measure progress.
April 2019
Letter-join Phonics
A new, easy and seamless way to combine phonics with cursive handwriting

Letter-join phonic resources encompass Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4. Simply choose one of the phases and select a phoneme for children to hear and practise the sound. Watch the animation of the phoneme and then trace the letters on screen using your chosen Letter-join cursive font and pre-selected letterforms. There is also a picture that uses that phoneme which is sounded out.

Each of the phonemes can be printed out as colourful A4 posters to display in the classroom.

The aim of Letter-join phonics is to be flexible, allowing teachers the opportunity to reinforce the children’s phonics learning as required.

Letter-join’s Phonics resource is designed to support your school’s phonics programme, preparing children for learning to read by strengthening their phonic knowledge and skills. Letter-join Phonics will allow you to teach Phases 1, 2, 3 and 4 using the Letter-join font. This will build a joined-up approach to teaching cursive handwriting in Early Years.

Letter-join phonics includes a fun matching pairs game where children can test their memory powers to beat the clock! There are 3 levels, easy, medium and hard for pupils to explore.

Find out more >
March 2019
Module 7 completes Lesson Planners
Seven Lesson Planners are now available covering EYFS through to Year 6

In our latest module, Module 7, learners will consolidate the stamina and skills required to write at length. They will begin to develop more of a personal handwriting style as they write with automaticity. They will learn to write at different speeds and with different attention to neatness, depending on the task.

Letter-join’s Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar worksheets provide children with a variety of fun and colourful activities. These play a vital part in ensuring that children’s handwriting (including punctuation symbols) is legible ready for the KS2 SATs SPaG test, so no marks are lost due to unclear answers.
January 2019
Year 5 Lesson Planner now available
We are pleased to announce the release of Lesson Planner, Module 6 for Year 5 learners.

Module 6 continues to build on combining fluent handwriting with other subjects across the curriculum.

By the end of this module, children should be producing cursive writing automatically, enabling them to focus on the content of their work rather than the process of writing.

Module 7 for Year 6 is currently in production and should be ready shortly after the Easter break.

December 2018
New! Letter-join Basic
Smart Notebook users can now download a Letter-join cursive font

Designed for schools wishing to use Letter-join fonts in Smart Notebook, Letter-join Basic is based on our most popular Letter-join Plus font.

The two fonts are almost indistinguishable but Letter-join Basic does not have lead-out lines on the letters o, r, v and w. Letter-join Basic will download with your school’s preferred letterforms.
November 2018
New Year 4 Lesson Planner
We have just released our fifth Lesson Planner which delivers structured handwriting lessons for continuous, cursive handwriting from EYFS through to Year 4.

Each lesson planner is developed in line with the National Curriculum and Letter-join’s resources are used throughout to provide a thorough and interesting way to teach handwriting.

Letter-join’s Handwriting Lesson Planner Module 5 - Year 4, aims to promote meaningful links with other subjects such as English, maths, science, geography and MFL. Making such links enables children to apply the skills they are learning in context and also provides depth to the curriculum.

By the end of this module, children should be well prepared to aim for the handwriting quality, speed and stamina required in upper KS2.

Download sample pages of all modules >
September 2018
No lead-in line animations
Animations for letters and words with no-lead in lines can be chosen by class teachers wishing to teach cursive handwriting in this way. The worksheets associated with letters and words are also available without lead-in lines.

Lead-in line or no lead-in lines - the Letter-join view
Based on many years of experience by our staff, we at Letter-join continue to emphasise fully cursive handwriting with lead-in and lead-out lines in our Lesson Planners and on-line resources.
July 2018
New HD layout
Letter-join users will see that we have improved the layout of the website which is crisper and sharper on desktops, tablets and particularly, on interactive whiteboards. The navigation has been simplified with all resources accessible through a single tab and a new ‘Fun’ section has been added for children to easily access.

• Easier access to Letter-join’s resources
• Same design on desktop and tablet editions
• Future-proof HD graphics
June 2018
GMS Posters!
All of Letter-join's Lesson Planners include a set of fun gross motor activities that can help improve your pupils’ core strength, control and endurance in preparation for handwriting.

Subscribers can now download the 14 A4 posters which can be laminated and displayed in the classroom.
June 2018
New! Lesson Planner Module 3
Handwriting lessons to improve letter formation and orientation of letters through regular practice and to support spelling, grammar and punctuation in readiness for KS1 SATs.

The 3 sections in this module cover:
1) Letter families, high frequency words, joining practice, sequencing sentences and dictation exercises.
2) Further dictation exercises, more high frequency words, 2, 5 and 10 times table facts and SPaG practice for KS1 SATs.
3) More dictation and number writing practice.

Download sample pages >
May 2018
Highlighted writing paper
When learning to write, some children may be confused when using writing paper that shows the guidelines; the number of lines for the 'x' height, descenders and ascenders can be perplexing for them.

To help these children we have produced highlighted writing paper in three different sizes which uses a band of colour that represents the ‘x' height. Ascenders and descenders rise above and drop below the coloured area.

This type of handwriting paper is particularly good for children with dyspraxia and dyslexia or children who find spacial awareness challenging.

Download small highlighted paper >

School subscribers and free trial users can download medium and large sizes.

Click the button above to log in or register for a free trial.
April 2018
Classroom Word Banks
The Letter-join Word Animator can now be used on a class by class basis to create and save word banks of animated words. We’ve also added a feature that automatically creates spelling lists from any Letter-join word bank.

This is ideal for weekly homework spelling lists or project word banks.

Automatically create a ‘Look, Trace and Copy’ spelling list from any Letter-join word bank in the new on-line Word Processor. Designed for teachers wishing to use the Letter-join fonts WITHOUT downloading them it includes templates to create cursive spelling lists and classroom presentations.

See how to create a spelling list >
February 2018
Handwriting Lesson Planner: Module 2
Module 2 of the Handwriting Lesson Planner, is for teaching how to write capital letters, printed letters, numbers and symbols using Letter-join’s on-line and printed resources.

It is available to download as a PDF by all subscribing schools.

Module 2 is divided into 3 sections:
1) Capital letters
2) Printed letters
3) Numbers, punctuation marks and symbols


See sample pages >
November 2017
Handwriting Lesson Planner: Module 1 - EYFS
Letter-join is pleased to announce the new 30 page Handwriting Lesson Planner: Module 1 for pre-cursive patterns and continuous cursive, lower case letters. It can be downloaded by subscribing schools who wish to follow a structured handwriting lesson plan.

Module 1 starts with Getting Ready for Handwriting: warm-up exercises, sitting position and tripod pencil grip.

This first module has been divided into three sections covering:
1) Pre-cursive patterns
2) Easy letters & words
3) Harder letters & words 

See sample pages >
April 2017
Word Animator
By popular request from teachers we are proud to add the Word Animator to Letter-join. Designed for teachers to use at the whiteboard the Word Animator records a word as it is traced. The animations can be saved to a word bank which can then be replayed and practised by pupils on IWBs.
March 2017
New KS1 Dictation Exercises
A series of fun dictation exercises covering Years 1 and 2 common exception and high frequency words.
There are 12 lists of spoken sentences which each lead on to a spoken paragraph using the same words.
Find out more about dictation exercises >
January 2017
KS2 SPaG Worksheets
We have designed a series of worksheets covering spelling, punctuation and grammar topics for KS2 SATs. As well as providing excellent revision and homework sheets, the printouts also enhance pupils' cursive handwriting.
Click here to download an example >