Reading 5-7 years

Here are some pages for you to enjoy with your child. All activities like this introduce children to new vocabulary. They are useful when used initially for discussion with your child. Then, as and when they are ready, children can write, colour and elaborate on them.

Flash cards for early readers
Can you read all these words 2?
Passage with oo words
Meet the Smith family
KS1 thoughts on words
Transport and thoughts for KS1
Thoughts and words on travel
Come to a party
Rhyming fun
Match the pictures
My Dad
The little red hen rebus story


Reading sheet 1
Help your child with reading FS
Hetty Hen the teacher
Mummy and Poppy -comprehension


Encourage your child to enjoy reading
Thomas the Tank Engine topic
Birthday greetings
Grandpa Chatterji


Thoughts on tidiness
Topic on homes KS1
Getting ready to read
Help children use clues when learning to read


Thinking about books
Word endings KS1
Words and pictures KS1
Making new words KS1
Adventure in space
Find the small word
Words words KS1
Match the pictures 3
Contents page KS1
Evergreen magic KS1

All children enjoy stories so reading to them is really important. Listening to them and discussing relevant news items help to expand both their knowledge and their understanding of words. Choosing books, cards and postcards, reading road and street signs and finding their own cereal on the shelves in the supermarket are just a few examples of ways to draw children's attention to words.

Children start phonics and the beginnings of reading as soon as they are ready and by five may have a good grasp of early reading. Most schools use books from a range of reading schemes. This enables the teacher to ensure that all the steps of early reading are covered. Not all children progress in their reading skills at the same time. There will be more than one reading scheme so that every child is catered for and has books suitable for their ability.

The earliest reading books have a few words to a page and the teacher will spend time ensuring that the child discusses the pictures, the story line and understands exactly what they are reading. Children learn to say nursery rhymes from an early age by rote and may have no idea of the meaning or the sense of them. Many children start reading in the same way and say the words by either their phonic sound or by word recognition. Both methods should be employed in the classroom in the teaching of reading as each child will learn slightly differently. Prominent in the classroom will be words such as:

  • the days of the weekmonths
  • children’s names
  • the months of the year
  • colours
  • shapes

Also on display may be the names of the main characters in the class reading scheme.


These are the characters in The Oxford Reading Scheme

No single scheme is sufficient. In primary classrooms today, there tends to be a general consensus that children need to be given a range of techniques to help them learn to read and that the choice of reading schemes should be left to the teachers. They are constructed initially on the basis that the teacher knows at what stage of reader development a child is. There are many, many books on the market and parents are better to extend their child’s reading with simple story books at home. There are many excellent weekly/monthly publications available, including comics, which can inspire children and  improve concentration. It is a busy world and children need time to relax and just look and use their imaginations.

All children love a story at bedtime and even when they can read for themselves, they still enjoy listening. This is of course part of the ‘Literacy Strategy’ in schools too.

The teacher or TA should hear children read daily in Year 1. As the children get more proficient or older they will not be heard to read as often. Some children by six or seven will have finished the structured schemes and will be enjoying Young Puffin books, non-fiction books and a greater variety of literature. Children should be encouraged to borrow books from both the school library and the local library.

Children enjoy reading all sorts of books, especially big books for discussion, introduction and enjoyment.
This reading scheme includes Biff and Chip Storybooks, Big Books, and Extended Storybooks.

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Biff and Chip  Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher Oxford Reading Tree Oxford Reading Tree



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