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.

For additional curriculum support or information please talk to your child’s class teacher.

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.

100 reads challenge

This is a way of encouraging regular reading, with an emphasis on children exploring a breadth of different texts.  All children at High Down Infants and Nursery have the chance to take part in the ‘100 reads’ challenge.

The challenge is for each child to read 100 books from a set reading list.
There are separate lists for Nursery/ Reception and Year 1/2 (see below).

We hope that these recommended reading lists will give the children some focus and direction when it comes to choosing their reading books, with all the titles being carefully selected for their specific age ranges. We would also like to emphasise that the children will probably be sharing these books with an adult rather than reading them independently, but this still counts as a book read.

For more information on 100 reads challenge please view information below.

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Bristol BS20 6DY