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Stage 4: Advice & activities

Gaining confidence – I sometimes read by myself, and I can read lots of everyday words

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 >

Reading at school

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.

Tips to support your child at home

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.

For more advice, take a look at our page on building on reading skills, or buy our book, Helping Your Child to Read , specifically created to support learning with Read with Oxford.

Free activities

Try out our free activities to support your child as they develop their reading skills.

Free Stage 4 eBook

Colour Codes
(from Incredible Animals)

Storyteller video

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.

Online activities