Oxford University Press and National Literacy Trust partnership
Oxford University Press are working with The National Literacy Trust to help teachers and parents work together to support their children’s literacy.
We have developed a whole host of activities, resources and support for literacy both at home and at school:
The Reading Miles Global Challenge
A reading challenge launched by schools in January 2012 that uses the concept of collecting points for reading together at home. (Fun, free resources are available to support teachers in running the challenge in school, and there are great prizes to be won for those who manage to "read themselves around the world".) Schools can order the resources from the Reading Miles Global Challenge website.
Reading miles can be collected at school and at home so parents can help encourage their child. Pupils are rewarded with 500 reading miles for every 10 minutes spent reading. They will collect these reading miles in their special reading passport on their very own reading world tour - a whopping 33,000 miles (or 11 hours) in total!
Every pupil who completes their reading journey around the world will be entered into a prize draw to win some fantastic prizes including books for themselves and the school, a day of professional storytelling for their school from Snail Tales and a family day out.
Find out more about the competition and how your child’s school can take part by visiting the Reading Miles Global Challenge website.
The Starting School Literacy Wheel
A colourful, easy-to-use resource for teachers to give to parents. It is designed to stick on the fridge and includes tips and ideas for parents to try with their children at home including reading, writing, speaking and listening. The wheel makes it easy to support literacy and highlight its importance in everyday life, even in the busiest of homes.
Schools can order class pack of wheels on the National Literacy Trust website. Find out more and order.
Starting School Presentation
A presentation for schools to use at parents’ evenings that provides ideas for how to support your child’s reading at home. Find out more and download.
Free online support for parents
www.wordsforlife.org.uk: The National Literacy Trust’s Words for Life website provides a wealth of information, advice and activities to get parents involved in their child’s communication and literacy development.
www.oxfordowl.co.uk: Oxford Owl is a FREE parent support website developed by Oxford University Press. Oxford Owl gives advice and ideas for parents to help with their child’s learning at home and includes tips, phonics support and free eBooks.