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Class 4 - Miss Lakeland & Mrs Robinson

All about Class 4

The next stage of a child's journey through St Oswald's is Class 4.  In this class we have children from Year 1 and Year 2.

They learn lots of wonderful things about lots of different topics.  They learn about The Great Fire of London in History and about Plants in Science.  The children have Mathematics and Literacy lessons every day, where they learn everything from number to angles in Maths and how to write super stories and perfect poems in Literacy! The children are also taught phonics every day to help them become more confident in their reading.

For more information about what this class learns, please click on their cycle A and B overviews. This year (2021-22) we are on Cycle A.

If you wish to know more about the Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact school.

Reading in Class 4

The children will continue to use the Red Rose Phonics programme to assist them in their reading.  Please look 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) 

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) 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) 

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



Children in Class 4 receive a piece of either Maths or Literacy homework on a Monday. This is to be completed during the week and returned to school on Thursday morning. In their homework will also be their spellings which need to be practised every night for a test on Friday morning. 

Reading books are given out on a Friday for children to be listened to by a parent over the weekend. Reading books are to be returned to school on Monday morning so teachers can listen to the children throughout the week and their books can be changed.