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Supporting children’s reading fluency, comprehension and reading for pleasure

Reading beyond phonics

Supporting children’s reading fluency, comprehension and reading for pleasure

Once a child has learnt all their sounds and is able to decode and blend new words accurately, they need support to develop their reading fluency and confidence. Essentially, they need to go from learning to read, to reading to learn, and to reading independently for pleasure.

At Oxford, we advocate the continued use of expertly levelled reading books beyond phonics to help support children’s progression and confidence as readers. Reading books at the right level of challenge helps to ensure that reading is a successful and enjoyable experience. Children will also develop their vocabulary and knowledge of the world based on age-appropriate content. Using levelled reading books as just one important part of a rich and varied KS2 reading diet can therefore help with motivation, nurturing a lifelong love of reading.

We develop books with our expert system, Oxford Reading Levels, at their heart. These levels progressively build fluency, comprehension and stamina, making them truly effective in supporting children’s progress. 

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View our reading chart

See the choice and variety of books we offer for reading from Reception (Primary 1) to Year 6 (Primary 7) on our interactive chart. Find out more about our extensive reading support.

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Oxford Reading Buddy

A digital reading programme with a fun interactive Reading Buddy that coaches children and has been proven to improve their comprehension. Oxford Reading Buddy automatically moves a child to the correct Oxford Reading Level based on their progress, ensuring they can always choose from a selection of books that are right for them.

Levelled reading books for beyond phonics

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High-quality books for junior reading, that support measurable progress, from well-known and loved authors.

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Alien Adventures

An award-winning series of exciting and motivating space adventures covering KS1 and KS2 reading.

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Project X Origins

Action-packed fiction and non-fiction for guided and independent reading across infant and junior school.

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Project X Origins Graphic Texts

KS2 books that explore classics, poetry and non-fiction through rich, visual interpretations that inspire readers.

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Non-levelled reading books

We have a huge range of non-levelled popular books for wider reading, such as our popular Isadora Moon and Marv series.

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Book a free reading appointment

Book a free, no-obligation appointment today to discuss your reading needs with your expert local educational consultant.