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Kirkby La Thorpe
Church of England Primary Academy

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Welcome toKirkby La Thorpe

Church of England Primary Academy

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English at KLT

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.



Pupils learn to read and write using the systematic phonics programme, Read Write Inc.  The programme is for pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who are learning to read and write and any pupils in KS2 who need to catch up rapidly.                


Please click on the link below to find out more about RWI phonics:


From Year 2 reading and comprehension skills are taught in daily Guided Reading sessions and practised across the curriculum.  The emphasis of these sessions is for children to be active readers developing fluency and understanding.


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.