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Kirkby La Thorpe
Church of England Primary Academy

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Pupils are taught phonics and reading 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 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.


Early readers are given two books to take home; a book to decode and a book to share with an adult for pleasure.  These are changed weekly.  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. Additionally, Oxford Owl is available online in school and at home.




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.


In R, children use a combination of Read Write Inc. and Literary Tree. From Year 1, we place high quality texts at the core of our learning to enhance knowledge, understanding and enjoyment. These texts, driven by our Literary Tree supported curriculum, give a rich and varied literary heritage. This enables the children to access a variety of genres and produce a range of high quality texts of their own. By providing our children with the literary toolkit that they need to succeed, we strive for them to become fluent, confident writers, whilst ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum.


Spelling is taught using both Literary Tree resources, which are embedded in writing schemes of work, and the   Headstart spelling scheme.