Phonics & Reading

Oxford Owl

Learning to read – and to love to read – is directly linked to children’s success at school and beyond. Find out how children learn to read with phonics, and how you can help your child’s reading at home.

Phonics is a method of learning to read words that is taught right from the start of Reception.

Children are taught to read letters or groups of letters by saying the sound(s) they represent – so, they are taught that the letter l sounds like llll when we say it. Children can then start to read words by blending the sounds together to make a word.

The Oxford Owl website provide a helpful audio guide that will help you learn how to say the 44 phonics sounds correctly, and books to help practise reading with phonics at home.

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The Oxford Owl website also provide a free eBooks collection, developed for children aged 3–11 years old. Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with their range of over 100 free eBooks.

If you’d like to learn more about how to support your child’s reading, visit the Reading and Phonics made easy pages. For information about their range of levelled books for schools, visit the Oxford Reading Tree page or explore the Read with Oxford pages to learn about their range of books designed to support reading practice at home.

Not sure where to start? Check which level is right for your child with this simple test from Read with Oxford.

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