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.
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 […]