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.
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 […]
One of our Year 2 pupils, Sammy, recently ran 5K to help raise money for Banham Zoo and Africa Alive! Here he is with the brilliant zoo themed medal he was awarded for his hard work. Well done Sammy!
We have really enjoyed making this message for you all! Not everyone was able to take part, but we are ALL very proud of you and miss our Cliff Park family very much.
This time of uncertainty during school closure and partial lockdown has brought many positives to our lives. Some of our families have shared their experiences of home learning with us, and we would love to bring a bit of cheer to your day by sharing them with you! See our website galleries here for some […]
As families face the pressure of staying at home for a prolonged period during these tough times, the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Partnership (NSCP) and Norfolk County Council have joined the country-wide ‘See Something, Hear Something, Say Something’ campaign. Schools and nurseries are currently closed to the vast majority of children and, in addition, children cannot currently […]