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Early reader – I can use letter sounds to read simple words and short sentences

We’ve put together some advice and activities specifically designed to help children using the Read with Oxford Stage 2 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 2, try our simple test.

Approximate age: 4–5
School: Reception / P1 | Oxford Levels 2 and 3 | Book Bands Red, Yellow
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Reading at school

In Reception (P1 in Scotland), your child will start to learn about phonics, to link stories to their own experiences, and to use their developing reading skills to begin writing letters and simple sentences. For more information, have a look at our guide to reading in Reception.

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:

  • Keep bedtime reading special. Read lots of new and different books to your child as well as continuing to re-read old favourites.
  • Share the story together, inviting your child to join in on some pages. Give lots of praise as your child reads with you, and help them when necessary.
  • Encourage your child to read with expression when re-reading a story.

For more advice, take a look at our page on starting to read, 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 2 eBook

Ron Rabbit's Big Day
(from The Trunk and the Skunk and Other Stories)

Storyteller videos

Watch Julia Donaldson read two stories from her Read with Oxford Stage 2 story collection, 'Singing Dad' and 'The Odd Pet'.