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Stage 5: Introduction

Becoming independent – I can read and enjoy a whole story by myself

Read with Oxford Stage 5 is for children who are reading confidently, silently and independently most of the time. They will use their phonics knowledge automatically to tackle words they don’t know and will be able to make predictions about what happens next in stories. If you're not sure that your child is ready for Stage 5, try our simple test.

Approximate age: 6–8
School: Years 2 and 3 / P3 and P4 | Oxford Levels 8 and 9 | Book Bands Purple, Gold
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What does Stage 5 look like?

This sample page spread comes from Tidy Up, Winnie! . Why not try this free Stage 5 eBook with your child?

What children can usually do at Read with Oxford Stage 5:

  • Read quickly and silently using their phonics knowledge automatically (except for the occasional very unfamiliar word).
  • Read (on sight) a wide range of common tricky words (e.g. 'beautiful', 'eye').
  • Read aloud with good pace and fluency, taking note of punctuation and sometimes using expression.
  • Begin to make fewer mistakes while reading and correct them most of the time.
  • Explain their ideas and opinions about a story or information book in a lot of detail.
  • Understand that there are different types of fiction and non-fiction books.
  • Read a short Stage 5 book in one sitting or, for longer books with chapters, at least one complete chapter.
Stage 5 books

Our Stage 5 collections contain stories that are ideal for children who are beginning to read independently, and feature favourite characters like Biff, Chip and Kipper and Winnie the Witch!
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Stage 5 advice & free activities

Take a look at our extensive range of free resources, including eBooks, interactive activities, colouring in sheets, tips on supporting your child’s reading development, and much more.
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