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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 12 fun stories designed to build phonics skills. Discover what life is like being small with Bob Bug, find out if Top Cat becomes king of the garden and learn how to make tasty buns!
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Roderick Hunt, Annemarie Young, Kate Ruttle, Alex Brychta
These flashcards have been specially developed to help your child succeed at reading. Created by reading experts and based on current teaching practice, they complement how your child is starting to read at school and keep children engaged in reading at home.
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Read with Oxford: 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 click here to browse the Read with Oxford range.



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



Read with Oxford: Songbirds by Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, has captivated children all over the world with her lively and engaging stories. Songbirds 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 here.





Progress with Oxford

Progress with Oxford is a series of activity books created to help children practise essential English and maths skills. The activity books are fully aligned to what is taught in pre-schools and in schools, and are designed to support children to complete activities independently. We've listed a few of our favourites below, but you can browse the full range here.



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