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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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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Phonics explained

In 2012 the government introduced an annual phonics check for all children in England in year 1, which supports the synthetic phonics method of teaching reading in schools. You may feel unsure about how to approach helping children learn to read using phonics. In this post we’ll be explaining briefly what phonics is, along with […]

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