To view our Key Stage 2 Assessment Test Results, please see our Performance and results page.
We believe that every child should enjoy their education and be happy, healthy and safe at school. We will value our children for their individuality, culture and heritage. We are committed to providing a place of excellence with high standards.
Children will know how to learn as well as acquire knowledge. They will have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in their academic, creative, emotional and social, physical, moral and spiritual development. Learning will be recognised and celebrated by children and adults.
Statement of Intent
Ormiston Cliff Park Junior Academy is passionate about promoting and instilling a love for learning through an irresistible curriculum for all our children. We aim to provide pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to become independent learners and thinkers; prepared and ready to become lifelong learners.
We use the Creative learning Journey (CLJ) as the basis for our curriculum planning, informed by the National Curriculum. This creative approach enables us to integrate the areas of learning in order to make learning meaningful, relevant and engaging. As well as the cross curricula opportunities there are also discreet lessons in areas such as maths, phonics, spelling etc.
At Ormiston Cliff Park Junior Academy children learn within a safe, caring and motivating environment. Staff focus upon providing the highest possible standards of education and upon enthusing pupils with a love of learning. Through creative, broad and balanced experiences we inspire confidence and celebrate the uniqueness and successes of all. We emphasise a culture of mutual respect, to ensure the happiness and personal growth of each individual. By working in partnership with families we nurture the whole child and provide a firm basis for our pupils to develop into responsible and fulfilled members of society.
We are proud to have a curriculum which stimulates our children into asking searching questions, shapes their learning and enables them to develop into independent thinkers and learners. We realise the importance of every minute of every day that they spend with us, and fill it with experiences that seek to challenge the children to ‘think outside the box’ in their creativity and innovation. Developing the holistic child is of key importance and, with this in mind, we offer a broad and balanced curriculum which encompasses academic subjects, sport, music and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education. We are particularly proud of the respect and care that our children show for one another, the environment and the community around us.
Key Stages 1 and 2
Ormiston Cliff Park Junior Academy, along with Ormiston Cliff Park Infant Academy adopt the National Curriculum as a basis for planning and expectations for our children from Year 1 right the way up to Year 6.
The National Curriculum shows the statutory areas that the children must be taught by year group for the core subjects (English, Maths and Science) and non-core. All non-core subjects are broken down by Key Stage.
To access the New National Curriculum document please click here.
We believe that our children learn best when they are inspired, motivated and interested in their learning opportunities. In order to enable this to happen, expectations and experiences laid out in the National Curriculum are planned for in the context of themes or topics. These themes may be planned to cover expectations over a period of a few weeks, half a term, or longer dependent on the depth of study or age of children.
Each Year group plans for a theme using the expectations for the age group, laid down in the National Curriculum.
Phases (either Lower – years 3 and 4, or Upper – years 5 and 6) plan for a theme using the expectations for the age group, laid down in the National Curriculum. These themes may be planned to cover expectations over a period of a few weeks, half a term, or longer dependent on the depth of study or age of children. We use the Creative Learning Journey (CLJ) as the basis for our curriculum, informed by the National curriculum. This creative approach enables us to integrate the areas of learning in order to make learning meaningful, relevant and engaging. As well as the CLJ there are also discreet lesson in areas such as maths, phonics, spelling etc.
Our curriculum provides children with the opportunity to:
Where children have a purpose and reason for what they do, application of skills shows real understanding.
Core subjects, (English and maths) and ICT, PE and PHSE have designated timetabled slots. Other subjects are either taught in blocks or learning (science and RE) and/or taught through the thematic approach where children are expected and given opportunities to use and apply the English and maths skills they have been taught.
For information on Enrichment, please see our School Clubs and Enrichment page.
Childrens’ Leadership and Pupil Voice:
Children are given many opportunities to develop leadership skills. These skills are developed through membership of the School Council, as Golden Mile ambassadors or through playtime and lunchtime leaders and ‘supporters’. All children are assigned to a mixed age circle group. Each group meets half termly to discuss and share ideas, thoughts and views on a range of whole school topics and issues. Circle groups allow every child to have a voice in school.
Alongside the fundamental British Values, each month we focus on a different value such as respect, honesty and tolerance – teaching an understanding that values guide our thinking and behaviour. To read more please click here.
At Cliff Park Junior we recognise the value of educational visits and visitors in providing children with a richer and broader educational experience.
We aim to include enrichment opportunities which support curriculum learning on a regular basis, either in the form of a visiting group such as a theatre company or a visit to a place of interest. Examples include a visit from West End in Schools Dance, author visits, local community representatives and Dance and Performing Artists and visits to Sutton Hoo, Burgh Castle and the Time and Tide Museum.
We value opportunities for learning that can take place offsite. Each year group also offers an extended visit, either a whole day or residential visits including overnight accommodation within the local area. These visits take place during the Summer term for each year group.
We also value highly the role that residential experiences can play in supporting children’s wider SMSC skills and development and sense of self-esteem, confidence and well-being. We offer opportunities for pupils in years 4, 5 and 6 to take part in a range of residential experiences, supporting a wide variety of skill development. Children in year 3 have the opportunity to take part in a day visit at a local activity centre.
In celebration of National Numeracy Day, Ormiston Academies Trust are holding their very own competition for all OAT pupils to get involved, with vouchers and certificates up for grabs. They are asking the OAT family to ‘Make Your Favourite Number’! Get creative and display your favourite number through one of the three categories: • Food […]
Thank you to everyone for encouraging their children to participate in the NSPCC Rocks Times Tables Rock Stars competition on Friday! The results are in: 1st place – Ibis class (Year 2) 2nd place – Chaffinch class (Year 4) 3rd place – Sparrow class (Year 3) Well done to everyone who took part!
We now have the results for last week’s TTRS Battle of the Bands competition. The winning classes for each year group are:- Year 3: Sparrow Year 4: Chaffinch Year 5: Bittern Year 6: Peregrine Such fantastic maths skills, a big “well done” to all winning classes!
On Friday 23rd April, Year 3 had a virtual ‘school trip’ to Norwich Castle Museum to enrich their learning. They watched 2 videos from the castle; 1 about the process of mummification and 1 about some 3000 year old artifacts. Then they had a live session, including a question and answer section, with museum curator […]
The consultation into the proposed merger of Cliff Park Infant and Junior schools has now closed. Thank you to everyone who provided responses during the consultation period and/or engaged with us through the stakeholder webinars. We very much value your feedback, suggestions, and comments. All comments have been considered and answers to common questions can be found […]
Year 3 had a virtual talk about fruit and vegetables from the fruit and vegetable manager at the Great Yarmouth Tesco Extra store to link to the ‘Health’ topic in Science. They were shown a large variety of foods and given lots of information about where they come from, how they are grown and why they […]
Our academies raised a grand total of £735.13 for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day this year! Thank you all so much for your donations! We would also like to thank Sainsbury’s Great Yarmouth for their donation of Red Nose Day prizes including activity packs, drinks bottles, bake sale kits and notebooks. Our Wacky Wardrobe […]
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 […]