Illustrating the Curriculum: Cross-curricular learning with Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper

Explore with Biff, Chip and Kipper encourages children to read widely across fiction and non-fiction with 60 engaging, topic-linked pairs of books that open the door to cross-curricular comprehension. And what is the first thing young children notice when they open a new book? No Oxford Reading Tree book would be complete without the illustrations! […]

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We’re Not in the Dark!

Jumping into the unknown We are all probably familiar with the fear of the blank page when writing: we know that many children experience it; we may even feel it ourselves sometimes. It’s possible that something similar happens when insecure, struggling, or simply young readers look at a previously-unseen text: a daunting fear of the […]

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Non-Fiction November

November is National Non-fiction month and is the ideal time for us to consider how to provide rich reading experiences with non-fiction texts. To begin, it’s important that good non-fiction writing does more than convey information. We can distinguish between factual literature and information text. While information text is solely for conveying information, factual literature […]

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