Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy follows the National Curriculum to teach English.
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.
We had a wonderful surprise last week; on Thursday 25th February, Tesco Community Champion Officers Danielle Spink and Julie Goodson delivered a big box of children’s books to us as an incredibly kind donation from the Great Yarmouth Tesco Extra supermarket. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks for this fantastic addition of resources.
Next week is National Storytelling Week across the country, and despite our strange circumstances, we would love our school community to share some stories with each other! It would be wonderful if at some point next week, you and your children could take a picture of yourselves sharing a story. This could be virtually with […]
Change4Life have created recipes and shopping lists for families which can be used to create lunches for around £15 each week. Just click here to see meal planner examples, recipes, and more.
With schools closed again, the BBC are once more asking you to help those pupils still in need. Their ‘Give A Laptop’ scheme is running again, and they are working to join the dots between your devices and the children who may need them the most. Please click here for information on donating tech to […]
Vouchers for families currently entitled to free school meals will be provided by Norfolk County Council’s Winter Support Package (website here). You will be receiving an e-code directly to your email address to enable you to receive a voucher for £30 per eligible child to cover the two week Christmas Holiday period. Helpsheet/Userguide: Edenred-Select-Grocery-eCode-Redemption-Userguide
This year’s OAT & OT Christmas Card Competition featured some outstanding designs, so we were incredibly proud to hear that 2 of our pupils had won prizes. Abigail in Year 1 was the OAT Primary Runner-up with her festive design (left), and Olivia in Year 5 was the OT Primary Winner with her modern approach […]
Fantastic news – we raised a total of £404.11 for BBC Children In Need this year! A huge thank you to everyone who donated. Your help makes all the difference.
On Friday we are marking World Mental Health Day at the Infant and Junior Academies, which takes place on Saturday 10th October. As I am sure you will all agree it is particularly important to be highlight the importance of maintaining good mental health especially in the current climate. We invite the children from Year […]
Having spent the last few weeks counting and bagging up 21 tubs of change, one of our parents Katherine Audus was very pleased to let us know that Ormiston Cliff Park Infant and Junior Academies have raised the incredible sum of £336 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance! This is such a great achievement, thank […]