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Daily Reading and Phonics Tips

It is really important the children keep reading on a regular basis. We recommend they read to you for 15 minutes every day and that you read to them for an additional 15 minutes. For more useful tips on how to support reading at home, please visit the English Page.


Ebooks online 

To access our colour banded school reading books at home, please use either the Oxford Owl website or the Collins Big Cat website. We recommend that you select books from your child's colour band as this will be finely matched to their decoding and comprehension ability. However, they may like to read books from other book bands to either improve fluency or to be exposed to higher order vocabulary. Your child could read easier books to younger siblings to rehearse their fluency and expression and/or have harder books read to them by older siblings to concentrate on their comprehension skills.  


Collin's Big Cat 

To access The Collins Big Cat Ebook library simply follow these instructions:

Go to
Click on the Teacher portal 
Password: Parents20! (please note the capitalisation and the !)


To practise phonics go to and play lots of wonderful phonics games. 


Watch episodes of Alphablocks (these can be found on youtube) to practise segmenting and blending. (These can be useful for helping adults know the phonics too, as can the Geraldine Giraffe videos mentioned below). Remember to join in with the sounding out and reading.


For help knowing what specific graphemes (letters), digraphs (two letters together), trigraphs (three letters together) and split digraphs (vowel, then another letter then an e) sound like watch Geraldine Giraffe on youtube. You can search Geraldine Giraffe then any digraph etc. you want to focus on. E.g. 'Geraldine Giraffe o-e'

Oxford Owl

The Oxford Owl website requires you to sign up for free with an email address and then you can access hundreds of eBooks. For detailed instructions of how to do this please see the PDF below.

How to sign up to Oxford Owl eBooks

More Reading Activities

100 Books to read in ks1 challenge

Daily Phonics lessons from the DfE 

Check out the Government's new YouTube Channel designed for Reception and Year 1.

Handy guide to our online Phonics lessons

Letters and Sounds for home and school introductory video for parents and carers, with CBBC TV presenter and parent, Ed Petrie. Watch to find out why Phonics...

Welcome to our Book Club!

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper read by Ms Eadon

A story all about three unlikely friends who enjoy making pumpkin soup!

The Dinky Donkey by Craig Smith

Can you join in with this funny tongue twister story?

The Giggle Pigs By Leonie Lord and read by Mrs Emery

Welcome to our book club! Here is our first story for you all to enjoy. It's called The GigglePigs by Leonie Lord. Can you join in without giggling? Why not ...

Can you listen to the stories read by your teachers and then create your own versions? Share your stories on the school's Instargram page!