St Oswald's RC Primary and Nursery School, Accrington

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23rd January 19
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What we learn in Nursery

All about Nursery


The first stage of your child's journey at St Oswald's, is Nursery, in which they will attend from the age of three.  Working with Reception, they begin to learn about different topics, including fantasy stories, life and our surroundings.  They learn through play, have alternative lesson times and go home for lunch.  Nursery has two sessions which run from 9am - 12pm and 12pm - 3pm.

As mentioned earlier, they partake in a variety of lessons and activities: Health and Ourselves, where they study every day life; animals, where they learn about nature and how species learn to adapt: Space, where they go to the Space Centre in Accrington, giving them a chance to discover the universe beyond our reach.  Other topics include Pirates and Princesses, where they learn about fantasy and use role play to understand the structure of a story.

We have an outdoor area filled with equpiment to play on and help them continue learn in a different environment.

A wonderful start to their educational journey here at St Oswald's.

Early reading and phonics


The phonics reading scheme we use in school is Letters and Sounds. 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 for children starting by the age of five, with the aim of them becoming fluent readers by age seven. 





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.