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.
Yesterday (11th February) was Safer Internet Day 2020. Every year, across both academies, we hold lessons, special assemblies, and fun activities to highlight problems that our pupils could face online, and to give them the tools and knowledge they may need to stay safe and happy. One of the resources we use was this presentation (for […]
Place2Be is the UK’s leading provider of schools based mental health support. They launched the first Children’s Mental Health Week in 2015 to shine a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. Now in its sixth year, they hope to encourage more people than ever to get involved and spread the […]
This year’s Children In Need day was great fun, and we raised lots of money for this worthy cause. Thanks to all of our families, we raised a grand total of £856.93 across both schools! Children and staff looked fantastic in their colourful ‘spots and stripes’ clothes, and Pudsey t-shirts! We learned about what it […]
We would like to thank all the children and parents across both schools for collecting the stickers for ‘Get Fresh’ from Aldi. Across both schools we manage to collect over 400 stickers! That’s one completed poster, plus over 100 on the second poster! The posters have been sent off, and we will receive an Aldi […]
Ormiston Cliff Park Infant and Junior Academies took part in the BBC’s wonderful ‘Ten Pieces’ project at the very end of the summer term. This project opens up the world of classical music to school children; using classical works such as Gerswin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue’, Sibelius’ ‘Finlandia’ Suite, Britten’s ‘Storm’ Interlude, Villa-Lobos’ ‘The Little Train of […]
We have added up the payments for Red Noses, and kind contributions from staff, parents, and children, and would like to announce the total Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy has raised for Comic Relief is: *drumroll* £437.94! Added to the money Ormiston Cliff Park Junior Academy has raised, this brings the total across both schools […]
Last week, Ormiston Cliff Park Infant and Junior Academies welcomed a new Executive Principal, as current Principal Sue Mitchell has announced her departure at the end of the academic year. Mrs Kate Rutherford has joined the academies as Executive Principal with immediate effect, after 13 successful years as Principal of the local Ormiston Herman Academy […]
Once again, the School Council helped to make this year’s Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal a success. This year we managed to send 21 shoeboxes to the Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal. A big THANK YOU to all the children who made this possible! The School Council appreciates this generous support. Click here to see some of […]