Stage 4: Advice & activities
We’ve put together some advice and activities specifically designed to help children using the Read with Oxford Stage 4 books. Have a look at our tips, downloadable activities and storytelling videos to get you off to a start. If you're not sure that your child is ready for Stage 4, try our simple test.
Approximate age: 5–7
School: Years 1 and 2 / P2 and P3 | Oxford Levels 6 and 7 | Book Bands Orange, Turquoise
Guide to Read with Oxford Stages >
In Year 1 (P2 in Scotland), your child will start to learn complex letter sounds and to build on their comprehension skills, and they will probably start reading books from a reading scheme. For more information, have a look at our guide to reading in Year 1.
How can you effectively support your child at home? Here are a few tips and ideas to help your child get the most out of their reading:
- Don’t stop sharing bedtime stories or information books with your child, even if they also like reading independently. Choose books together and enjoy talking about them.
- Try reading slightly more difficult books to your child. Hearing you read fluently will motivate them to want to read them themselves.
- As well as reading books aloud together, encourage your child to read silently and independently, especially when they are re-reading favourite books.
Try out our free activities to support your child as they develop their reading skills.
Free Stage 4 eBook
The Frog Prince
(from The Frog Prince and Other Tales)
Watch our professional storyteller read a Stage 4 story, 'The Bigfoot Mystery', or watch Julia Donaldson read 'Paula the Vet', taken from one of her Read with Oxford Songbirds collections .
Downloadable activity sheets
Take a look at some more of our free activities.