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Independent reading

Independent reading

Independent reading

Research shows that the amount of time children spend reading independently is the best predictor of their overall literacy and language achievement. It helps children to build fluency and become self-reliant readers. Take a look at our wealth of support, including:

Set up a book club in your school

How to Set Up a Book Club In Your School

Inspire a love of reading by setting up a book club in your school. Download this useful guide, written by our expert Nikki Gamble

TreeTops Greatest Stories: Rip Van Winkle

Get your children reading this American classic short story. Oxford Level 11

Rip Van Winkle Teaching Notes

Use these free teaching notes to develop comprehension and independent reading skills

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Bug Buzz

Take a look at and discuss this amazing range of insects with you children. Oxford Level 7

Bug Buzz Teaching Notes

Use these teaching notes to encourage reading and to get your children to talk about creepy crawlies

Resources for your independent reading programme

Project X

A whole-school reading and writing programme built to motivate 21st century children!


The biggest collection of quality levelled readers for your juniors

Oxford Reading Tree

Best-loved books that are rooted in reading for pleasure

A Life in the Sky eBook

Try out this interactive eBook and see how it develops literacy and brings learning to life

Alien Adventures FREE eBook

Nok Can Fix It (eBook)

Take a look inside this eBook with activities to support interactive learning and comprehension skills

Keep your class reading this summer with Oxford Owl!

Discover Oxford BookMatch

Navigate the world of children's books to find the right book for every pupil

Inspire them with eBooks!

Discover 250 free eBooks and added enhanced collections on Oxford Owl

Set up a free class login

Set up a class login so that your class can access the eBooks in a dedicated pupil area

Best practice for independent reading

Reading for Pleasure survey

Read this summary about the importance of reading in the classroom (PDF)

Reading for Pleasure full survey

Read the full survey on the importance of reading in the classroom (PDF)

Teach your children to read

Help your children to reach the higher expectations in reading

5 ways we can support you (PDF)

Get your juniors reading for pleasure with this simple guide

Matching Books to Children (video)

Nikki Gamble gives guidance on matching books to children in Key Stage 2, to ensure juniors keep reading.

3 min 5 seconds

Building and Outstanding Reading School Report

Building an Outstanding Reading School (PDF)

James Clements' report takes you through six key strategies for making reading for pleasure work

Introduction (video)

James Clements introduces six strategies to help ensure your juniors can - and choose! - to read

Advice for parents

Parents as Partners in Children's Reading Development (video)

Linda Tallent gives top tips on how to engage parents with their child’s reading development.

4 min 54 seconds

Parental Engagement report

Parental Engagement Report (PDF)

Download this free report about forming effective relationships with parents

Oxford Owl Home

Oxford Owl for Home

Helpful advice, top tips, activities and games to help with reading at home

Ensuring that children who can read, want to read (video)

Linda Tallent offers practical advice on keeping children reading independently.

10 min 11 seconds