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.
Tuesday 23rd March 2021 marks the one-year anniversary of the UK’s firstnational COVID-19 lockdown, and there is a 1 minute silence at 12 noon to comemorate this; to remember those we’ve lost, and to hope for better days to come. All of the staff and children across the academies will be taking part in this […]
“Welcome back!” to all of our students and the whole Cliff Park family! We are learning about ‘letting go’ this week – to release our worries, and take our negative thoughts and assumptions and ‘Let It Go!’
Marley in Marsh Harrier and Noah in Peregrine recently set themselves a challenge to virtually run to the top of Mount Everest (64km/40miles)! For each distance-based exercise they completed, their markers would advance along the Conqueror map of Everest. They could walk, jog, run, cycle, or even swim. To add an extra incentive, for every […]
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 […]
We are extremely proud to announce our Accelerated Reader Word Millionaires for the first first full term of the academic year (September – December 2020). Reading over 1 million words is a great achievement, so we really love to celebrate these milestones. Word Millionaires: Nithana N (Year 6) – 2,170,000 words Areeba Z (Year 5) […]
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