What is the Oxford Reading Tree?
This is a well-established reading scheme which comes highly recommended by a great number of schools. It makes learning to read fun and promotes greater confidence and a real love of reading for children. It allows teachers to better track a child’s reading progress and share this with parents and gives parents more support and a more defined role in their child’s reading.
The tree grows from stage 1 to stage 16, running all the way from Reception to the end of Year 6. At the early stages the main ‘trunk’ of the Reading Tree consists of stories about Biff, Chip, Kipper and their dog Floppy. Later on, Treetops stories provide a much wider range of stories and characters. Alongside the fiction, runs the non-fiction; a range of information and true story books designed to capture your child’s imagination and encourage their enthusiasm to ‘find out’.
The ‘branches’ of the tree contain a wide range of other genres matched to each stage. These include poetry, plays, phonics books, true stories, traditional tales and other story books. Your child may bring home a book from any of these ranges but the stage will still be the same.