On completion of the phonics program, children progress to Oxford Reading Tree home reading books, offering a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction titles. Some children, at certain levels, are also encouraged to choose a ‘wider reader’ book; this selection of books allows children to develop their vocabulary and the breadth and depth of their reading, making sure they become independent, fluent and enthusiastic readers.
Oxford Reading Tree Levels
Children will also take home a self-chosen library book to read either independently or with an adult. Our libraries are frequently updated and children may request books they wish to read.
Children in Years 1 to Year 6 take home a paper reading record (journal) where parents can record evidence of reading at home. This is reviewed by the class teacher during Reading Activity lessons once a week, and books are changed. In Years 3 to 6, children complete a 'reading activity' each week in their journal based on a book they are reading. For example, this may be a study of a character, the author or a visualisation of a setting. Children are expected to complete these at home, once they have made a start in school.
Supporting your child at home - how can you encourage them to read?
Booktrust.org.uk has some brilliant tips and advice to motivate your child to read at home:
- Read yourself! It doesn’t matter what it is – pick up a newspaper or magazine, take a look at a cookery book, read a computer manual, enjoy some poetry or dive into a romance or detective novel. And get your children to join in – if you’re cooking, could they read the recipe? If you’re watching TV, can they read out the listings?
- Give books as presents. And encourage your children and their friends to swap books with each other – it’ll give them a chance to read new stories, and get them all talking about what they’re reading.
- Visit the local library together. It’s always fun choosing new books to read, and keep an eye out for special author events at the library or local bookshops – children love meeting their favourite authors. Jacqueline Wilson and Anthony Horowitz always have signing queues that are miles long!
- Encourage children to carry a book at all times. That way, they’ll never be bored (this is something you can do, too!)
- Have a family bookshelf. If you can, have bookshelves in your children’s bedrooms, too.
- Keep reading together. Just because your children are older, it doesn’t mean you have to stop sharing stories – perhaps you could try the Harry Potter series or A Series of Unfortunate Events.
- Don’t panic if your child reads the same book over and over again.