Curriculum Information

Please find below information regarding the curriculum in the Infant School.

Please refer to individual year group pages for more information on the curriculum.

Teaching phonics
At High Down we teach phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme, supported by the use of a modified version of Jolly Phonics with its kinaesthetic actions and stories.
As children move through the early stages of acquiring phonics, they practice by reading texts which are entirely decodable for them from the Rigby Star Phonics, Big Cat and Oxford Reading Tree schemes.
Once children have a secure knowledge of letter/sound correspondences and can blend words confidently, they access our Book Banded reading scheme which has books from various published schemes and is designed to give children experience of a variety of reading genres. There are fiction and non-fiction books within each level.  In addition, children access Bug Club e-books at school and at home from a personalised selection made by the teacher.
All children are encouraged to select books from the classroom, library or home to share with their parents to encourage a love of reading.
When children can read fluently and with a good understanding, they self-select books for independent reading from the school library.

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Down Road, Portishead
Bristol BS20 6DY