Curriculum Overview

Statement of Intent

Ormiston Cliff Park Primary 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.

At the 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.


Our Curriculum

Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy adopts the National Curriculum as a basis for planning and expectations for our children from Year 1 right the way up to Year 6.

Work in Reception Year is planned using the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
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.

Learning themes
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. 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:

  • Learn to value others, their views, cultures and beliefs
  • Celebrate the uniqueness of everyone, treating everyone with care and respect
  • Develop a range of skills to support life-long learning
  • Communicate and interact effectively with others
  • Listen and empathise
  • Make a positive contribution to the school, local and wider community
  • Enjoy the challenge of learning in a variety of ways, making full use of the indoor and outdoor environment and the wider locality
  • Become reflective learners who have a sense of responsibility for their own learning and development
  • Learn independently, with and from others
  • Become active learners who are resilient and adaptable
  • Know the importance of achieving your best

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.

To view individual subject information, please see the sub-menu to the left.