Ormiston Cliff Park Junior 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.
We are passionate about giving the children the chance to develop their writing skills across a range of genres and in many cross-curricular ways.
At Ormiston Cliff Park Junior Academy reading is at the heart of all opportunities for learning. There are many opportunities to read throughout each day, and these may include – shared reading together, reading individual books and ERIC reading lessons.
We value the use of ERIC (Everyone Reading in Class) as an approach to developing reading skills and the role that this plays in supporting children’s understanding of a text. This takes please in every class throughout the week and can be linked either to the class novel or another carefully selected text. 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 as the children take an online, comprehension based quiz upon completing a book. Accelerated Reader 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 a phased approach to writing which allows children to explore texts, understand features and then emulate and innovate. Writing encompasses many different elements such as composition, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and handwriting.
Grammar and punctuation skills are integrated into English lessons in order that children are able to see these in context and then apply. Children are taught a wide range of grammar and punctuation devices in order to support their writing development. Spelling is taught using the Read, Write, Spell programme and spelling sessions are held three times a week in each class. The 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.
The winners of week 1 of the Top of the Rocks competition have been announced! Class group winners are… (drumroll)… Robin! The individual winner is Christine in Robin class. Second place goes to Jack in Blackbird, and third place is Olivia in Marsh Harrier. Well done everyone! Join in again this week, and […]
Our Maths Lead, Mr Walsh, is challenging all Junior Academy pupils to a multiplication madness ‘Top of the Rocks’ competition! Starting this Sunday (22nd March) morning and finishing on Saturday (28th March) evening, all classes are invited to join in our academy-wide search for the best number rockstars. Join in, and see if your class […]
Please continue to check our ‘Newsletters & Letters to Parents’ page, as well as our ‘Resources – Home Learning’ pages. As you know, we are all facing extraordinary challenges at this time and the situation is placing pressure on all parts of society. Our staff have been doing all they can to keep our Academies […]
Children from Cliff Park Junior who qualified were lucky enough to go to Holkham Hall to particpate in the Norfolk School Games Cross Country Winter County Finals. The weather held out and all runners placed in the top 50 of their races. We had a great day and hope next year’s event is just as […]
Last week, our Choir and Recorder Group took part in the annual Gorleston Music Festival. The children had dedicated much of their free time to extra practices and, as a result, their performances in the festival received strong praise! In the Choir Unison category, they sang “Sing” by Gary Barlow and were awarded a distinction […]
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. Click the picture on the left for more information. […]
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 […]