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How We Teach Reading At The Oaktree School


Alongside the systematic teaching of phonics pupils will be taught a variety of strategies to support their reading development. 


Children will be taught early reading skills in Reception by shared reading in groups and individual reading.  When appropriate they will progress to twice weekly small group Guided Reading Lessons.  These will  continue in Year 1 and Year 2 in groups appropriate to the reading development of the child.   Children will be given monthly reading targets to work on at home and at school and each child will have a Reading Diary for home/school communication.  children will be encouraged to take home a reading book every day  and will be able to choose from a wide variety of engaging texts.  At the early stage of reading these books will be mostly phonic based.  


Children will also hear, share and discuss a wide range of high quality books to develop a love of reading, broaden their vocabulary and develop their understanding.  It is important that pupils listen to and discuss stories, poetry and non-fiction at a level beyond that at which they can read independently in order to develop pleasure in reading, increase their vocabulary and awareness of grammar and develop skills of inference.  This should continue throughout their primary years both at home and at school.



Year 1 

Year 2 



Reception and Year 1


Helping You Child to Develop a Love of Reading


As you know it is so important that children develop a love of reading and one way of  encouraging this is to read to your child at home.  Children of all ages love to have stories read to them.  Here are a selection of books you may wish to read to your child,


Books to read to your child

  1. Allan Ahlberg Funnybones (Penguin)
  2. Allan Ahlberg Master Track's Train and other titles in the Happy Family series (Penguin)
  3. Nicholas Allen The Giant's Loo Roll (Random House)
  4. Jonathon Long The Dog who could Dig (Oxford University Press)
  5. Giles Andreae, Russell Ayto Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs (Penguin)
  6. Stan Berenstain Bears in the Night (HarperCollins)
  7. Ann Cameron The Julian Stories (Random House)
  8. Julia Donaldson, David Roberts Jack and the Flum Flum Tree(Macmillan)
  9. Jonathan Emmett Aliens: An Owner's Guide (Macmillan)
  10. Ute Fhur Let's Look Inside the Body and other books in the first Discovery series (Moonlight Publishing)
  11. John Foster Dinosaur Poems (Oxford University Press)(poetry)
  12. Mick Manning, Brita Granstrom Woolly Mammoth (Frances Lincoln)
  13. Lydia Monks Aaarrgghh Spider (Egmont)
  14. Nick Sharratt Don't Put Your Finger in the Jelly Nelly (Scholastic)
  15. Francesca Simon Early Reader Horrid Henry's Rainy Day and other titles in Horrid Henry
  16. Early Reader series (Orion)
  17. Kristina Stephenson Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Really Frightful Night (Egmont)
  18. Rex Stone Dinosaur Cove series
  19. Usborne Beginners Dinosaurs and other books in the Usborne Beginners series (Usborne) (non-fiction)
  20. Julie Sykes Pirate Small in Big Trouble ( Oxford University Press)
  21. Steve Voake Hooey Higgins and the Tremendous Trousers(Walker Books)

And more ....................

  1. Janet and Allan Ahlberg Each Peach Pear Plum Puffin (poetry)
  2. Laurence Anholt Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning of Lyme Regis Frances Lincoln (non-fiction)
  3. Ros Asquith It’s Not Fairy Frances Lincoln
  4. Atinuke Anna Hibiscus’ Song Walker Books
  5. Ann Bonwill Naughty Toes Oxford University Press
  6. Babette Cole Princess Smartypants Puffin
  7. Dorothy Edwards My Naughty Little Sister Egmont
  8. Suzi Eszterhas Eye on the Wild: Cheetah (any other books in the Eye on the Wild series) Frances Lincoln (non-fiction)
  9. Jan Fearnley Milo Armadillo Walker Books
  10. Mini Grey The Pea and the Princess Red Fox
  11. Penelope Harper and Cate James Lollipop and Grandpa’s Back Garden Safari(and other books in the Lollipop series) Phoenix Yard Books
  12. Leigh Hodgkinson Goldilocks and Just the One Bear Nosy Crow
  13. Mary Hoffman Princess Grace Frances Lincoln
  14. Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig (Illus.) Angelina Ballerina (and other books in the Angelina Ballerina series) Puffin
  15. Neil Irani The Goblin and the Girl Maverick Arts Books
  16. Satoshi Kitamura Millie’s Marvellous Hat Andersen Press
  17. Jane Ray The Dolls’ House Fairy Orchard
  18. Gillian Rogerson and Sarah McIntyre You Can’t Scare a Princess! Scholastic
  19. Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul (Illus.) Winnie the Witch Oxford University Press
  20. Steve Voake Daisy Dawson Walker Books
Year 2 

Helping Your Child Develop a Love of Reading.


Once children become fluent and independent, they may start racing ahead if they have found the books that hook them into reading. It's important at this stage that you continue to read aloud with your child too. When you read aloud, you can share books that offer a challenge in language and content to keep them excited and hungry for more. Choose older classic fiction with literary language as well as contemporary fiction written in a modern style. Choose books with interesting language and rich vocabulary. Short novels that can be serialised and read a chapter or two each night are perfect. Include the literary fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen or Oscar Wilde.



Books to read to your Year 2 child. 


  1. Michael Bond The Tales of Olga da Polga (Oxford University Press)
  2. Frank Cottrell Boyce Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again(Macmillan)
  3. Roald Dahl The BFG (Puffin)
  4. Berlie Doherty Fairy Tales (Walker Books)
  5. A F Harrold Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (Bloomsbury)
  6. Tove Jansson Tales from Moominvalley (Puffin)
  7. Edward Lear The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear (Faber and Faber) (poetry)
  8. Astrid Lindgren Pippi Longstocking (Oxford University Press)
  9. David Lucas The Lying Carpet (Andersen Press)
  10. Angela McAllister Leon and The Place Between (Templar) (picture book)
  11. Mick Manning & Brita Granström Roman Fort and other books in the Fly on the Wall series (Frances Lincoln) (non-fiction)
  12. James Mayhew Katie and the Sunflowers and other books in the Katie series (Orchard Books) (non-fiction)
  13. Jill Murphy The Worst Witch (Puffin)
  14. Brian Patten Thawing Frozen Frogs (Frances Lincoln) (poetry)
  15. Francesca Simon The Sleeping Army (Profile Books)
  16. David J. Smith If the World Were a Village (A & C Black) (non-fiction)
  17. Dodie Smith The Hundred and One Dalmatians (Egmont)
  18. E B White Charlotte's Web (Puffin)
  19. Oscar Wilde The Happy Prince and Other Stories (Penguin)
  20. Ursula Moray Williams Adventures of the Little Wooden Horse (Macmillan)