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Stage 1: Introduction

First steps – I am starting to use letter sounds to read simple words

Read with Oxford Stage 1 is for children who are ready to start learning to read. They will enjoy listening to stories and will be beginning to recognise letter sounds and read simple words. If you're not sure that your child is ready for Stage 1, try our simple test.

Approximate age: 3–4
School: Early Years | Oxford Levels 1 and 1+ | Book Bands Lilac, Pink
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What does Stage 1 look like?

This sample page spread comes from Dad's Birthday and Other Stories . Why not try this free Stage 1 eBook with your child?

What children can usually do at Read with Oxford Stage 1:

  • Enjoy sharing and talking about books.
  • Join in with songs and nursery rhymes.
  • Recognise most of the letters of the alphabet and know one simple sound for each letter.
  • Read a few simple words by sounding out and blending, e.g. s-a-t, sat.
  • Start to recognise a few common tricky words like 'and', 'the'.
  • Talk about a story they have read or listened to.
  • Relate books to experiences in their own lives.
  • Concentrate for about 5–10 mins.
Stage 1 books

Our Stage 1 collections contain stories that are ideal for children who are just beginning to read, and activities featuring favourite characters like Biff, Chip and Kipper.
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Stage 1 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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