Oxford Reading Tree

The Oxford Reading Tree has been developed to teach children to read in finely graded, progressive steps. It is used in 80% of UK primary schools and in many international schools. The stories have been written using a mix of high frequency and phonic words which can be blended and sounded out. Children can readily identify with the characters Kipper, Biff and Chip and the stories often have a surprise ending. 

I am able to facilitate guided group reading because we have seven copies of each reading book. Here, "Links to Literacy" is extremely well resourced. We also have multiple copies of easy-to-read poetry books and factual books. 

There are different activities, games and comprehension activities designed around the books which are completed in the class and as part of homework. 

Jolly Phonics

Jolly Phonics is an amusing and child-centered approach to teaching  phonics. With actions and activities for each of the 42 letter sounds, this  multi-sensory method is very motivating. This scheme is also supplemented where relevant with Letterland, whose stories here are particularly useful to make learning about letters fun

In addition, a large collection of  big books, cards, finger phonic books, workbooks and photocopiable sheets from Jolly Phonics and other phonic schemes are also used.  

Weekly Spelling Activities

We have purchased a brand new graded spelling scheme from the UK, it's fully comprehensible for all levels  and includes weekly activities and the children (somewhat surprisingly!) really enjoy their weekly spelling check up. In addition, we have supporting material from Schofield and Sims. 

International Resources

We have purchased a new structured Language and Literacy course for the more advanced students. These are brand new colourful resources that I am really excited about.  As well as being appealing for students they are designed to meet bilingual students' specific needs. 

A Wide Library

I am passionate about really good quality, beautiful children's books that say something important.  In my capacity  as both teacher and parent I find the range of books by Barefoot really exceptional. 
In addition to the reading books children also have the opportunity to take home a library book each week chosen from a wide collection. 

Other resources

Over the years I have collected a huge collection of resources, books and games to use in my teaching. These include a selection of hand and finger puppets, sand paper letters for letter formation, a large wooden moveable alphabet, music CDs, DVDs, dictionaries, poetry books and a collection of other reading and picture books. 

Magnetic boards and magnetic foam letters are central in the early courses to assist phonic learning in the early stages. Pictures of these in action can be seen in the gallery under each class. 

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