Ormiston Cliff Park Primary 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 reading and writing skills across a range of genres and in many cross-curricular ways.

Reading statement of intent, implementation and impact  

At Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy, children will learn to read with confidence, fluency and understanding, providing them with the skills required to achieve a lifetime of enjoyment through reading.

Children read in school independently, in groups, with partners, and as a shared class session. They listen to adults and other children read and learn to ask questions about what they have read, to understand fiction and nonfiction texts.

Our reading aims are:

  • To promote reading for pleasure.
  • To enable children to tackle unfamiliar and technical texts with confidence.
  • To promote confidence and positive attitudes to reading through access to a wide range of literature.
  • To develop phonetic skills which lead to blending and reading accurately and fluently.
  • To broaden their vocabulary.
  • To develop comprehension skills and enable children to analyse what they read and to participate in discussion and debate about texts.
  • To encourage good home/school partnerships.
  • To monitor each child’s progress using a range of assessment strategies e.g., Reading Age tests, on-going reading observations, fluency tests and comprehension assessments.
  • To support those children who require additional support with reading.


At Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy, our curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which is for all children to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding that will contribute to them becoming aspirational, motivated young people.

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning

for all children. We have a skills-based approach to reading, teaching children to confidently tackle Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explaining, Retrieving, Sequencing and Summarising.

At OCPPA, our reading curriculum links closely with our writing curriculum; we use a text-based approach that enables us to create opportunities for reading, discussion and writing within English and reading lessons.

In EYFS and KS1, there is a greater emphasis on phonics; this is then applied throughout the rest of the school to consolidate what has been learnt. Within daily phonic sessions, children can revisit previous learning, practise, and apply new skills in structured but engaging ways. We encourage reading for pleasure through children having a choice of challenging and enriching texts as well as building in time for children to read independently and as part of a whole class.

 All children have daily opportunities to read a variety of material in school, including regularly with an adult. Vulnerable children will read daily.


Regardless of background, ability, or additional needs, by the time children leave Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy, they will:

  • Be enthusiastic and motivated readers who are confident and will enjoy reading a wide variety of genres and text types
  • Have the skills to decode words to be able to read fluently with a secure understanding of what they have read
  • Be inspired by literature and will read for pleasure.
  • Tackle all areas of the curriculum with a secure understanding of what they have read.
  • Have a wide bank of vocabulary that they can draw upon to become confident and articulate communicators.

Each child takes home an ‘Accelerated Reader’ or 'MyON' linked reading book from a colour-coded, ability banded selection. 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. It helps us to track how much children are reading and supports us in knowing when they are ready to be challenged further.

Click here for information about Renaissance 'MyON' online library and literacy quizzes.

Phonics is a systematic approach to teaching children the sounds that make up words. Words are broken down into the sounds they’re made up from and then these sounds are ‘blended’ together to make the word.

At Ormiston Cliff Park Primary Academy, phonics is taught consistently, every day, using the Letter and Sounds Programme (a government programme introduced in 2007).  Throughout its six phases, children will be taught the 44 phonemes, learning the skills of blending and segmenting to aid reading and writing skills. Phonics and Spelling lessons take place every day in every class.

This teaching and learning is supplemented in Reception with the use of actions and songs to bring all our senses into play as we develop our skills.

Click here for our guide to the Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme and its phases.

EYFS (Reception Year) - During Phase 2, pupils learn letters of the alphabet and the sounds each letter makes. During Phase 3, the pupils revisit the letter sounds from Phase 2 and progress onto learning graphemes such as ch, oo, th. They begin to read captions, sentences and questions. During Phase 4, the pupils begin to learn to blend and segment longer words with adjacent consonants e.g swim, clap, jump.

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) - Throughout Year 1, the pupils continue to revisit Phases 2, 3 and 4 and then progress onto phase 5. During this phase the children learn alternate pronunciations for graphemes e.g ‘ay’ and ‘ai’. In Year 2, once the pupils have completed Phase 5, they begin Phase 6. During this phase, the pupils learn to apply different spelling rules including adding prefixes and suffixes to root words.

Writing is taught as integrated skills. We follow the structured approach of the National Curriculum to support skills and application. Writing encompasses many different elements such as composition, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and handwriting.

Grammar and punctuation skills are integrated into English and Phonics lessons in order that children are able to see these in context and then apply. Spelling is taught alongside Phonics following the structure of Letters and Sounds, integrating the ‘Read, Write, Spell’ programme during Years 2-6 as additional support and structure. For Key Stage 2 pupils, spelling sessions are held three times a week in each class. This spelling programme also 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.

Below is a wonderful video showing how to encourage your child’s language development, by Kirsty Murrell, a Speech and Language Therapist at Speak East.