The new National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014; it is a set of subjects and standards used by all primary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. The National Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. It reflects the school’s ethos of providing access and entitlement for all learners. It informs all aspects of school practice, from planning, to teaching strategies, assessment and differentiation.
Our aim is to provide a curriculum which has breadth and balance and promotes the social, spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
Our curriculum at High Ongar includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the various extra-curricular activities that the school organises in order to enrich the children’s experience. It also includes the ‘hidden curriculum’ – what the children can learn from the ethos and culture of the school and the way that they are expected to behave and conduct themselves. We want children to grow into positive, responsible citizens, who can work together and cooperate, develop skills and knowledge and achieve their true potential. We hope to engender a love of learning in every child in our school.
Curriculum Intent - Spring 2020
Maths and Number Methods
Below are links to the number/calculation methods that are used across the school.
We are always looking for ways to motivate and enthuse the children about their learning. We have purchased a web-based maths programme for the school called Mathletics. We use this in school but the children also have access to at home.
We launched this at school in 2013 and the children were very enthusiastic about it. Because it is web-based it will work on most devices.
It is obviously attractive to pupils as it provides the opportunity to create an avatar, earn credits and compete against other children in our own school and internationally.
Teachers may use it to set homework and pupils can compete against their own personal best result to earn credits. They can even challenge their teacher!
The external Matheletics website is a great resource for children. Tap or click to visit the Mathletics website. NB: The Mathletics website is outside the control of High Ongar Primary School.
Recommended Reading Lists
Key Stage 1 Reading Schemes
The reading schemes used throughout KS1 are: