Reading is about drawing together a whole range of strategies – sounds made by letters and groups of letters, learning words by sight, using the context of the sentence, considering whether the sentence makes sense, bringing to reading other story and book experiences.
At Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy our priority is to equip our children with these skills and provide constant opportunities to practice and build on these through all experiences in class, each day. Please see the PowerPoint presentation ‘Reading at Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy 2019‘ for information shared at our Reading Information Event recently.
At Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy, phonics is taught consistently, every day, using the Letter and Sounds Programme (a government programme introduced in 2007). Throughout its six phases, children will be taught the 44 phonemes, learning the skills of blending and segmenting to aid reading and writing skills. Phonics and Spelling lessons take place every day in every class.
This teaching and learning is supplemented in Reception with the use of actions and songs to bring all our senses into play as we develop our skills.
Phonics is a systematic approach to teaching children the sounds that make up words. Words are broken down into the sounds they’re made up from and then these sounds are ‘blended’ together to make the word.
So, for example, with ‘dog’, children learn the sounds of the letters d, o, and g separately and then they blend to say ‘dog’. Phonics also helps children spell as they can hear the sounds in a word and then turn them back into the letters needed.
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 read and modelled, answering questions about information read.
Each child takes home a “scheme style” reading book from an colour-coded ability banded selection. Our children also have the opportunity to borrow books from the library.
Children will bring home both a library book and home “scheme” type book. We use a variety of scheme type books so that the children read a range of materials. These books are grouped into colour-coded ability level bands. This means that the children can enjoy a range of different characters, formats and types of book which are appropriate to their reading development. Our children also have the opportunity to borrow books from the library.
EYFS – Reception
During Phase 2, pupils learn letters of the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes. During Phase 3, the pupils revisit the letter sounds from Phase 2 and progress onto learning graphemes such as ch, oo, th. They begin to read captions, sentences and questions. During Phase 4, the pupils begin to learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants e.g swim, clap, jump.
Key Stage One
Throughout Year One, the pupils continue to revisit Phases 2, 3 and 4 and then progress onto phase 5. During this phase the children learn alternate pronounciations for graphemes e.g ‘ay’ and ‘ai’. In Year Two, once the pupils have completed Phase 5, they begin Phase 6. During this phase, the pupils learn to apply different spelling rules including adding prefixes and suffixes to root words.
On Friday 2nd July Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy took part in their Euro 2020 themed Sports Day event. Families should have received a link to the OCPIA slideshow already, so please check your ParentMail app! An overall winner for each year group was announced after the children completed all 6 football themed activities, including […]
The government’s new Holiday Activities and Food Programme is available this summer, with the aim of providing some great activities, food, and friend-making opportunities for children in England. This programme provides free places to all school-aged children eligible for Free School Meals across England, but it is also open to all children from every background. […]
Has your child taken part in the OAT Matholympics Summer Challenge yet? As with the Christmas challenge, there are a bunch of Amazon vouchers to be won. These include four x £20 Amazon vouchers for the first four correct entries and an additional four x £20 vouchers available for pupils who may want to take […]
The Reading Agency‘s Summer Reading Challenge is underway! Launching on 10th July, this is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4 to 11. It is delivered locally by local libraries with online services also available. How the Challenge works: · Children sign up through their local library and receive a Wild World Heroes collector poster · […]
Owing to recent changes in Government guidance relating to response to Covid-19, we are unable to carry out the planned admission evening event for the parents of children starting Ormiston Cliff Primary Academy in September 2021, which was planned for the 24th June. We are in the process of reorganising events to welcome your child […]
Please click the picture below to view or download this extremely useful support and self-help guide from the Norfolk and Waveney Children and Young People’s Mental Health Service.
Congratulations to Warren and Macy Westrup in Years 2 and 4, who won the national OAT ‘Make Your Favourite Number’ competitions for Primary age groups! Macy won the ‘Food & Drink’ category and Warren won the ‘Human Art’ category. A huge “well done” to both of you!
Join in with the RNLI Great Summer Treasure Hunt this May 29th, 30 or 31st for just £1. Go to the Lifeboats stand on the beach side of the Pier hotel to sign up. What a great way to raise money for this wonderful charity AND have a fun start to your half-term holiday! The […]
Reception classes have been looking at ‘people who help us’ as their learning topic, and to add an ‘arresting’ enrichment afternoon they had a visit from the local police. The children had a wonderful time learning about police work, hearing the patrol car siren, and even getting handcuffed to each other! A big “thank you” […]