English Curriculum

Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy follows the National Curriculum to teach English.

National Curriculum programmes of study: English (Key Stages 1 and 2)


Our English lessons link very closely to our topic work in order to ensure that children are supported in being able to make links with and between skills, concepts and knowledge. They also support the children’s application of skills in a range of ways and contexts.


At Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy, reading is at the heart of all opportunities for learning. There are many opportunities to read throughout each day. These include – shared reading together, reading individual books, guided reading lessons, application of phonics skills, listening to stories, answering questions about information read, etc. We have a wonderful range of guided reading materials in school both in book and online format.

Each child takes home an ‘Accelerated Reader’ linked reading book from an ability banded selection in the library. This supports the children in selecting appropriate texts for their reading level but also enables children, parents and teachers to see how well children understand what they have read. It helps us to track how much children are reading and supports us in knowing when they are ready to be challenged further. Our children also have the opportunity to borrow books from the library.


Writing is taught as integrated skills. We follow the structured approach of the National Curriculum to support skills and application. Writing encompasses many different elements such as composition, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and handwriting.

Grammar and punctuation skills are integrated into English and Phonics lessons in order that children are able to see these in context and then apply. Spelling is taught alongside Phonics following the structure of Letters and Sounds, integrating the  Read, Write, Spell programme during Year 2 as additional support and structure. This spelling programme provides home support materials where children are able to practice these skills at home.

Our children take pride in the presentation of their work, and the new English curriculum places a much greater emphasis upon the quality of children’s handwriting. We celebrate wonderful handwriting across the school and also recognise the achievements of those children who have made the most improvement in this area.

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