Most teachers are more than familiar with Oxford Reading Tree and can probably recite some of the levelled stories by heart. However, it can seem difficult for parents to know how to effectively support reading the books at home and to find fun activities pitched at the correct level. To address this Oxford University Press has just launched some new resources to make this a little easier.
After extensive market research into home learning, researchers at OUP found two common problems: one was that parents felt unsure how to find the books that correctly matched their child’s stage of learning and the other was that parents wanting to support children learning to read struggled to find ways to make it fun rather than feeling like another chore to fit into busy lives.
Last month, OUP launched two new ranges to help address these problems: Read with Oxford and Progress with Oxford. While remaining compatible with the existing book banding widely used by schools, both ranges are also underpinned by a simple levelling system supported by an online bank of activities and resources to match the different stages.
Parents can use the website to take a quick quiz with their child online and then can then use this information to find the appropriate books, activities and free interactive resources from the OxfordOwl website. The online resources are not designed to replace the existing assessments and levelling used in school but simply to offer parents a way of pinpointing the most appropriate complimentary resources and activities to use at home as their children progress through the reading schemes.
OUP kindly sent me a selection of the new materials to review. Some of the stories and characters were already very familiar to us, such as Julia Donaldson’s Songbirds stories, Korky Paul's Winnie the Witch and of course the classic Biff, Chip and Kipper stories. What was new to us though was the bank of levelled online activities that directly supported the stories in the books. For example, after completing the quiz and reading the correctly levelled book with a reception-aged child, we were then able to use the complementing section of the website to find a printable game, some top tips, a video and an interactive online word search.
The Read With Oxford website is a really handy resource to let parents know about as many of the new activities will match your school's pre-existing reading scheme books.
Also available to accompany the new range are flashcards and games as well as the Progress With Oxford range, which includes a new series of activity workbooks for young children, focusing on maths and English skills.
To buy some of the resources online, use the following links:
OUP have kindly provided a bundle of Read With Oxford books and resources to give away to one of our followers. The resources included in the prize will be matched the reading stage(s) of the winner’s choice.
Many thanks to the publisher for kindly sending me review copies of these resources and providing a giveaway prize.