English Curriculum (Reading)

Reading at Whitehouse Primary School


At Whitehouse Primary School we use the Oxford Reading Tree reading scheme.

As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree is currently used in over 80% of primary schools and has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read …... and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with systematic phonics at its heart, Oxford Reading Tree's well-loved characters, breadth (over 800 books!) and varied writing styles give children everything they need to become confident readers.


The home of Biff, Chip and Kipper 



At school, and at home

The Oxford Reading Tree book scheme includes series such as Floppy's Phonics, Biff, Chip and Kipper, Traditional Tales, inFact and Story Sparks. A separate range of books, each containing supporting notes for parents, have been created to support learning at home – take a look at Oxford Reading Tree’s home learning books page for more information.


What are book bands and Oxford levels?

In the UK, book bands are used across different reading schemes to indicate the reading level of each book. All the books show the Oxford Reading Tree levels alongside the book band colours.



There are hundreds of free online reading books for you to enjoy with your child at home

Click here for access to online reading books from Oxford Owl

Early Years

Free eBooks for 4 – 5 year olds


Year 1

Free eBooks for 5 – 6 year olds


Year 2

Free eBooks for 6 – 7 year olds


Year 3 and 4

Free eBooks for 7-9 year olds


Year 5 and 6

Free eBooks for 9-11 year olds


How do I help my child learn to read?

  1. Look at our tips to support reading at home
  2. Read the advice on our phonics made easy page
  3. Browse and buy our home learning books to use at home