Children age 5–6 will have a growing knowledge of phonics and will be building up a range of reading skills. Find out how you can support them at home.
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Children age 6–7 will continue to build up a range of reading skills. Find out what you can do at home to support your child’s reading development.
By Year 6, your child will hopefully be reading independently at home and school. Find out how to encourage a love of reading in your child.
In Year 5, your child will be encouraged to read widely. Find out how to encourage them at home as they discover different types of language and writing.
Find out more about Nelson English and download worksheets to support your child’s learning during school closures.
Children in Year 3 will hopefully be on the way to becoming a confident, independent readers. Find out how you can support their reading development at home.
Find out how reading comprehension is taught throughout primary school, and take a look at our books, advice, and free activities to help at home.
In Year 4, your child will be developing into an increasingly fluent reader. The focus will now be on building comprehension. Find out how to help them at home.
Find out what sort of books to expect to come home in your child’s book bag, and get top tips on how best to support your child.
Find the right dictionary for your child with these four useful tips.
Educational publishing expert Andrea Quincey explains why reading schemes are important, and what the different colours, bands and levels actually mean.
Find out how Oxford Levels and levelled readers can support and develop your child’s reading skills even after they’ve learned how to read.
Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with our eBook library, containing hundreds of free eBooks. Developed for children aged 3–11.
Find out what Read Write Inc. Phonics is and find eBooks, videos, and kits to help your child as they learn to read with Read Write Inc. Phonics at home.
A parent guide to Read with Oxford Stages and our exciting range of carefully levelled books to help children learn to read at home. Developed by experts to support your child’s first steps in phonics through to being an independent reader.
An alternative list of recommended books for boys. Perfect for boys who are looking to read about something other than football or jokes about bottoms!
Find out how your child’s reading skills will develop in Reception. Discover fun activities, ideas, and books to support your 4–5-year-old at home.
What is phonics? Find out in our phonics guide for parents. Learn about Letters and Sounds, the phonics screening test, and how to practice phonics at home.
From island adventures to stories about twin detectives, here’s our list of favourite children’s books to read this summer.
Worried about your child’s reading? Help is at hand! Jean Gross CBE gives her expert advice on how to support children who struggle with reading.
The phonics screening check is an informal way for schools to assess your child’s progress in reading. Sarah Loader shares tips for supporting your child’s development at home.
Everything you need to know about the phonics screening check, taken by 6-year-olds in Year 1. Phonics advice for parents and activities to try at home.
A guide to grammar and literacy terms used in schools, with definitions, how-to videos, and practice activities. From modal verbs to pure sounds.
From ‘thinking outside the bookbag’ to reading for a purpose, children’s author and mum of three Isabel Thomas shares some great advice on helping reluctant readers get excited about books.
Starting school is a big milestone in a child’s life – not to mention a parent/carer’s too! Here are eight engaging stories and picture books about starting school to share with your child, to gently prepare them for their first day.
Sharing a book at bedtime helps develop your child’s vocabulary, gets them used to the idea of regular reading, and gives you both a great opportunity to bond. Children’s author Cerrie Burnell gives us her top tips for getting the most out of bedtime reading.
Find out all about the Key Stage 2 SATs grammar, punctuation, and spelling (SPaG) test. Take a look at our advice, activities, and books to help your child.
Sharing stories with your child is a wonderful way to take them to new worlds, to share the pleasure of reading, and positively impact their educational outcomes.
One of the most valuable skills we can give our children is the ability to communicate well. Read top tips on how to develop communication skills.
The Key Stage 2 SATs in Year 6 can seem daunting for you and your child. Find out how to help your child get ready for SATs with these expert tips.
Find out how your child’s reading skills will develop in nursery. Discover fun activities, ideas, and books to support your 3–4-year-old at home.
Find out what children will learn in spelling, grammar, punctuation and writing at school in Year 1, including apostrophes, homophones and suffixes.
Win two Read with Oxford comics, full of fun characters and engaging storylines – from sneaking past ticklish octopuses to getting cuddly bumbles home for tea.
Gary Wilson gives his expert advice on getting boys to read, including tips on motivating reading habits and encouraging independence.
Not only does reading for pleasure improve children’s well-being, but it can be directly linked to children’s success at school and beyond. Get tips and book recommendations to encourage your child to read more.
There are so many reasons to read with your children, this summer holiday and beyond. Read Mary Hamley’s tips on how to encourage a daily reading habit.
Join Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur on their madcap adventures in these stories from the Read with Oxford range of early readers.
An award-winning reading series for children ages 4–11. Follow the action-packed adventures of Max, Cat, Ant, and Tiger as they journey through space!
Once your child has mastered decoding, it can be liberating to choose whatever books they like – but there are still benefits to structured reading schemes.
Join Biff, Chip & Kipper as the magic key takes them on adventures in exciting places. Includes The Bigfoot Mystery and The Strange Old House.
Once your child has mastered phonics and word-reading, where do they go next? Here are our ideas to keep your 7–11-year-old’s reading skills developing.
Find out all about the Key Stage 2 SATs reading test. Take a look at our advice, activities, videos, and books to help support your child.
Tackle common reading problems with our expert advice on supporting struggling readers, engaging reluctant readers, and encouraging boys to pick up a book.
Watch Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, read phonically decodable stories from her Read with Oxford Songbirds collections.
The Princess doesn’t want to be friends with a cold, wet frog. But a promise is a promise…
Let our professional storytellers take you on an adventure! Traditional tales, Winnie the witch stories, and more for children aged 3–8.
Travel to strange times and faraway lands with this video collection of classic tales like Chicken Licken and The King and His Wish.
Winnie magics a bubble so she can drift away from all the mess in her house.
This beautifully illustrated Stage 1 book is filled with the traditional stories of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse; The Gingerbread Man; The Enormous Turnip; and Get the Rat. The tales have been re-written so that children can read for themselves and develop their phonics skills.
Practise the Speedy Green Words for all the Read Write Inc. Phonics Green Storybooks.
Watch storytellers read some of our favourite chapter books. Drusilla’s selfish friend Hagbag comes to visit, and Doug Lugg gets turned into a slug!
White Fang is half dog, half wolf. Fierce, keen and clever, he quickly learns to survive in the wild open spaces of North America. His life changes forever when he encounters humans for the first time.
Read ‘Gran’s Van’ and ‘Tom the Tiger’.
Answers to the Oxford Phonics Spelling Dictionary activity sheets.
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