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“I love Biff, Chip and Kipper so much I named my pet stick insects after them.” – Rhys, age 6

As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree is currently used in over 80% of primary schools and has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read ... and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with synthetic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree's well-loved characters, breadth (over 800 books!) and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.

At school, and at home

Schools across the world use Oxford Reading Tree books, including series such as Floppy's Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper, Traditional Tales, Songbirds Phonics, inFact, and Story Sparks. A separate range of books, each containing supporting notes for parents, have been created to support learning at home.

How are children taught to read at school?

reading at school

Reading is one of the most important things your child will learn at school. In England, children are taught to read the words on the page using phonics. Phonics is an approach to reading that focuses on building words from sounds. A sound might be represented by a letter (such as ‘s’ or ‘m’) or a group of letters (like ‘ch’ or ‘igh’). Children start by learning the letters and the sounds they make, and how to put them together to read simple words. We have a useful audio guide to phonics on our Phonics made easy page.

How can I help my child learn to read at home?

You'll find lots of expert advice and helpful tips on our Reading at home pages, and on our blog. The most important thing you can do is make the time to read with your child every day, whether a book sent home from school, borrowed from the library or from your own bookshelves. The Oxford Reading Tree 'My Phonics Kit' is a great resource to have at home, and the Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper series has been especially developed to support learning at home.

What are book bands and Oxford levels?

In the UK, book bands are used across different reading schemes to indicate the reading level of each book. Because the Oxford Reading Tree was first created before book bands were established in the UK, you will see our Oxford 'levels' alongside the newer book band colours on the back of each Oxford Reading Tree book

Age 4 – 5
Year: Reception
Band: Lilac | Level: 1
Band: Pink | Level: 1+
Band: Red | Level: 2
Band: Yellow | Level: 3
> Free eBooks for 4 – 5 year olds

Age 5 – 6
Year: 1
Band: Blue | Level: 4
Band: Green | Level: 5
Band: Orange| Level: 6
> Free eBooks for 5 – 6 year olds

Age 6 – 7
Year: 2
Band: Turquoise | Level: 7
Band: Purple | Level: 8
Band: Gold | Level: 9
Band: Lime | Level: 11
> Free eBooks for 6 – 7 year olds

Learning to read at home

Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper has been created by educational experts to help you support your child’s development as a reader and complement what they are doing at school. Starring Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy the dog, there are two reading strands that work together:

      1. Phonics books provide valuable practice for your child, especially as they prepare for the reading test for six year olds
      2. First Stories help your child to practise reading everyday words and develop their vocabulary.

Each story has been written to support your child’s reading at home, with big helpings of fun and magic! There are six levels in the series with gradual progression and word repetition throughout, to help your child build reading confidence. Every book provides practical tips and simple ideas for you to use with your child, and puzzles and activities to encourage your child to talk and practice their reading skills.

You can buy our most popular titles on Amazon following the links below, or browse the full range.

My Phonics Kit

Everything you need to practice at home
Level 1: The Red Parrot

Six stories in one book
Level 2: The Magic Button

Four stories in one book


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