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.
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
We are even more proud than usual of 2 of our students this week; Areeba and Ellie-May, both in Kingfisher class. Areeba has not only achieved Accelerated Reader Word Millionaire status, but has read enough words during the Autumn Term to become a DOUBLE Word Millionaire! Ellie-May has once again made and sold some wonderful […]
This year’s OAT & OT Christmas Card Competition featured some outstanding designs, so we were incredibly proud to hear that 2 of our pupils had won prizes. Abigail in Year 1 was the OAT Primary Runner-up with her festive design (left), and Olivia in Year 5 was the OT Primary Winner with her modern approach […]
Fantastic news – we raised a total of £404.11 for BBC Children In Need this year! A huge thank you to everyone who donated. Your help makes all the difference.
We are extremely proud to announce our Accelerated Reader Word Millionaires for the first half-term of this academic year! Reading over 1 million words is a great achievement, particularly in less than 2 months, so we really love to celebrate these milestones. Word Millionaires: Elizabeth U (Year 6) – 1,190,512 words Areeba Z (Year […]
A huge ‘well done’ to Isla in Year 6 for being the OAT National Summer Arts Visual Arts primary winner! Ormiston Academies Trust said “All the entries we received were beautiful, thought-provoking and unique… but these eight students blew our judges away! Certificates and prizes are now being prepared, but for now, let us give […]
On Friday we are marking World Mental Health Day at the Infant and Junior Academies, which takes place on Saturday 10th October. As I am sure you will all agree it is particularly important to be highlight the importance of maintaining good mental health especially in the current climate. We invite the children from Year […]