St Oswald's RC Primary and Nursery School, Accrington

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20th November 18
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Class 3 - Mrs Hartely

All about Class 3


Class 3 consists of Reception and Year 1 children.  At the age of 4, your child will begin their second step at St Oswald's, where they'll enjoy studying a range of subjects as well as exciting topics. 

During their time in class they cover a number of topics such as; Dinosaurs and Pirates, fantasy stories and creatures; Health and Growing and many more exciting things.

A very exciting class with lots of play based learning, a place where the children will begin to form lasting friendships.

If you wish to know more about the Reception and Year 1 curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact school.

Reading in Class 3


acahildren are taught to read and spell using the Letters and Sounds phonics programme. It aims to build children's speaking and listening skills in their own right as well as to prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. It sets out a detailed and systematic programme for teaching phonic skills to children. The children will progress through the phases below.


Phonic Knowledge and Skills

Phase One (Nursery/Reception)

Activities are divided into seven aspects, including environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, body sounds, rhythm and rhyme, alliteration, voice sounds and finally oral blending and segmenting.

Phase Two (Reception) up to 6 weeks

Learning 19 letters of the alphabet and one sound for each. Blending sounds together to make words. Segmenting words into their separate sounds. Beginning to read simple captions.
Phase Three (Reception) up to 12 weeks The remaining 7 letters of the alphabet, one sound for each. Graphemes such as ch, oo, th representing the remaining phonemes not covered by single letters. Reading captions, sentences and questions. On completion of this phase, children will have learnt the "simple code", i.e. one grapheme for each phoneme in the English language.

Phase Four (Reception) 4 to 6 weeks

No new grapheme-phoneme correspondences are taught in this phase. Children learn to blend and segent longer words with adjacet consonants, e.g. swim, clap, jump.
Phase Five (Throughout Year 1) Now we move on to the "complex code". Children learn more graphemes for the phonemes which they already know, plus different ways of pronouncing the graphemes they already know.
Phase Six (Throughout Year 2 and beyond) Working on spelling, including prefixes and suffixes, doubling and dropping letters etc.

The reading schemes used in Key Stage 1 are -

  • Collins - Big Cat
  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Folens

All parents receive a Termly Curriculum Map which shows what their child will be learning about in that Term across all subjects.