English Curriculum

Ormiston Cliff Park Junior Academy follows the National Curriculum to teach English.

National Curriculum programmes of study: English (Key Stages 1 and 2)


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.

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