At Kirkby La Thorpe Primary Academy English is at the heart of the curriculum. Pupils develop fundamental skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing in order to communicate effectively. In all areas of the curriculum children have opportunities to consolidate these skills. Quality texts are assigned to each curriculum topic to enhance knowledge, understanding and enjoyment.
Speaking, listening and language
Speaking, listening and language skills are developed through a range of explicit and implicit activities. Children are encouraged to talk clearly and confidently using a broad and varied vocabulary alongside listening and responding appropriately.
Reading at home is a vital part of reading development. Parents are encouraged to read with their child regularly and respond using the Home/School diary. Children work to achieve reading reward certificates known as the KLT Bookworm.
Reading for Pleasure
We recognise that it is essential that all children develop a love of reading. Within school, we promote a wide selection of reading materials from magazines and newspapers to novels, poetry, plays and online texts. Each class enjoys a daily reading session
Early readers are given two books to take home; a book to decode and a book to share with an adult. These are changed on a regular basis. As children become confident readers in KS2, they are encouraged to read from a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books from the school library, classroom or from home. The school library contains a range of fiction and reference books including Oxford University Press books from level 1 to 20. Additionally, Oxford Reading Buddy is available online in school and at home.
Wherever possible writing skills are linked to Topic, books and/or real-life experiences, giving the children a purpose for their writing. We promote the key skills of pupils planning, drafting, editing and improving their writing, before publishing their work.
Children are taught the cursive letter formation from the beginning of their time in school. Children are taught to hold a pencil using the tripod grip and develop a legible and joined handwriting style.
We use vocabulary instruction targeting specific aspects of language and the ‘Headstart’ spelling scheme to develop literacy skills.