Oxford Owl

A site well worth visiting for Literacy resources is http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk

Oxford University Press publish the Oxford Reading Tree, Treetops and Project X books and their reading schemes are used in primary schools across the country. The books are levelled from very first reading books through to those suitable for junior children. They also have Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper and Read Write Inc. Phonics At Home which are aimed at parents wishing to support their children’s reading at home.

I have used Oxford reading books both as a teacher and parent and found that they are fantastic in building skills in word recognition and blending whilst also providing interesting story lines and characters.

The Oxford Owl website offers ideas, advice and resources to both parents and teachers. There are tips on how to use games to engage children as well as examples of how sounds are pronounced and information about the Year 1 phonics screening test.

One key appeal of the site is the number of free e books which are provided for children from 3-11. These can either be listened to or read by the children themselves, though since you have to click to mute the audio many children may just choose to listen. They are an effective way of engaging your child with reading and offer the chance to sample the range of books without having to make a purchase. There are also some activities which check comprehension or word recognition.

Some of the text in the books for the older age ranges is quite small and can be more difficult to read, however there is a Project X app and Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper app where books can be bought to read and explore.

The site will be particularly useful for those supporting boys with reading as the Project X books are designed to be particularly appealing to boys and there is also specific advice on encouraging boys with reading.

Overall Oxford Owl is a good site to explore whether a teacher, parent or child wishing to gain advice or discover what Oxford University Press has to offer.

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