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Essential books for starting primary school

Books and flashcards to support learning at home from Oxford University Press

From our much-loved Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper series and the wonderful Julia Donaldson's Songbirds phonics books to curriculum-levelled workbooks, our recommended workbooks and flashcards will help you support your child's reading, phonics and maths at home.

Our bestsellers in home learning

Roderick Hunt, Alex Brychta, Annemarie Young
Children learn best when they are having fun and Let's Get Ready For School is an exciting way to develop first skills and support their learning as they start school and through the first months. Featuring the Starting School storybook, an engaging write-in activity book with two Biff, Chip and Kipper stories, phonics and number cards, poster with reward stickers, certificate, and a handy guide for parents, this is the perfect kit to get your child ready for school.
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Laura Sharp, Roderick Hunt, Annemarie Young, Alex Brychta, Nick Schon
This pack includes everything you need for fun phonics practice at home leading up to the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. It supports what your child is learning in school with advice from phonics expert Laura Sharp, three phonics workbooks, a CD-ROM containing six interactive eBooks and activities, a reward chart and stickers!
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Ruth Miskin
This comprehensive kit is packed full of resources to help your child learn to read and write. It is a great way to prepare your child for school and support them as they begin to learn phonics in Nursery and Reception. Includes a bedroom frieze, illustrated flashcards, a wipe-clean sheet and pen, a handwriting book and a parent handbook. Find out more

Julia Donaldson, Clare Kirtley
Twelve exciting stories carefully created by Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson, to support children who are learning to read. These phonics stories provide a fantastic breadth and variety of storylines, rhyme, rhythm and genres by the nation's favourite children's author, with vibrant and humorous illustrations to engage children and stimulate discussion.
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Roderick Hunt, Annemarie Young, Kate Ruttle, Alex Brychta
These word playing cards can be an enjoyable way to learn to read the most common words in our language and how they are used in sentences. All of the games and activities suggested in this Flashcard set can be played with an adult or older child together with one or two younger children
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Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper

Biff, Chip and Kipper stories have been used to teach millions of children how to read over the last thirty years. Full of humour, rich language and storylines, the series hooks children into reading as they follow their favourite characters on exciting adventures. We've picked out some favourites below, or you can browse the series on Amazon.

Read Write Inc.Phonics

Read Write Inc. Phonics is a reading, writing and spoken language programme used in schools to raise standards. We've developed a few products to be used at home, and you can watch tips from creator Ruth Miskin on our Phonics Made Easy page.
"Read Write Inc. has worked wonders in our school. We've had pupils improving their reading ages by over 24 months in as little as a 6-month period. Amazing!" Phillip Harrhy, Newport

Songbirds by Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. Songbirds Phonics combine Julia's unique writing style with built-in phonics progression to make phonics practice effective and fun.
A few of our favourites are listed below,but you can browse the full Songbirds range on Amazon.

First Skills

Our curriculum-levelled workbooks have step-by-step activities to practise first skills, and provide an easy way to boost your child's confidence at home.
We've listed a few below to get you started, but you can browse all our At Home With ... books on Amazon

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