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High Ongar Primary School

A school to which we are proud to belong.


Our vision is for our children to make excellent progress in their learning, develop their social and emotional skills, have high aspirations for themselves and strive to be the very best that they can be.  We teach a thematic curriculum that develops knowledge and skills alongside each other and makes links across subjects to ensure learning is memorable and meaningful for our children. Our curriculum meets and exceeds the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensures a broad, balanced and thought-provoking curriculum from the early years through to the end of year 6.


In Maths we follow White Rose which is a mixture of systematic learning using concrete, abstract and pictorial methods. Our children enjoy the practical approach we have to maths and this approach helps to embed mathematical concepts, encourage problem solving skills and develop deeper thinking about how maths relates to the outside world.


In English we follow Jonathan Bond's English Curriculum 2021 which is based on the 2014 Primary National Curriculum for English.  It is divided into four key areas; Spoken Language, Reading, Writing and Transcription.  We use this kit to plan, and assess English coherently and effectively, planning links to our school themes and class areas of interest.  We provide varied and extensive writing opportunities that develop children's writing stamina, content, spelling and grammar. We share a whole school love of reading that is reflected in our children's enthusiasm to write for a range of purposes and audiences.  Alongside this we follow the Schofield & Sims Write Well Handwriting scheme across the school which is a systematic and consistent approach to develop fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.  We believe in the importance of teaching correct letter formation as soon as possible.  


We teach Whole Class Reading daily. In WCR sessions, children explore a range of different texts, developing their range of vocabulary, comprehension and fluency skills together as a class. As well as this, each class has a 10 minute reading session daily in which children listen to their teachers read to them. 


In phonics we follow Essential Letters and Sounds and have an extensive range of high quality reading books that enhance the teaching of phonics and develop children’s fluency and comprehension skills. The children read phonically decodable reading books that are appropriate for their phonics ability to share at home. Our reading books are organised into a coloured banding system to ensure all children, from early years to year 6, have books matched appropriately to their reading skills.

Science, PE and MFL are taught weekly. The other foundation subjects are blocked to help ensure our children have immersive experiences within our curriculum where possible.  

If you would like any further information regarding the curriculum, please contact the school office or your child's class teacher in the first instance.

Safeguarding within our curriculum

Maths and Number Methods

Below is the link to the number/calculation methods that are used across the school.

Religious Education

Bridge Academy Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company number 07663795.

Registered Office: Community Building, Bridge Academy Trust, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9DZ.

Tel: 01245 202 937

Email: [email protected]