As a school we use 'cursive' handwriting.
Each letter has a 'ski slope' at the beginning, and they all start in the same place, as opposed to the traditional format.
The purpose of 'cursive' writing is that is should help children to join their letters with greater ease, accuracy and neatness at an earlier age.
When practising with your child it is useful to remember that the traditional letter format remains the same, with simply the 'ski slope' added to the beginning.
Below is an example of cursive handwriting.