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This page has a collection of Reading Corner newsletters to let you know about ways you can help your child with reading. For children it will give ideas and suggestions about brilliant books to read and fantastic authors to discover.


If you have any suggestions for our Reading Corner please put your idea in your child's reading diary.

New books!


We would like to say a huge thank you to the PTFA and everyone who has donated as we have been able to purchase an array of brand new books! The children (and Miss Larcombe) were so excited for the parcel to arrive and we weren't disappointed. When we opened the box it was full of colourful picture books, non-fiction texts, letters and stories for the whole school to share. The books will be read, shared, discussed and loved in classes before we put them in the library for you to enjoy at home.

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Book ideas

It is fantastic to read a range of genres in books, including books written by the authors you love and new, up and coming authors. There are lots of excellent reading books available for your child to read. Below is a link for the book trust website which inspire a love of reading and they have culminated their best 100 books. 



You can browse the most recent booklists to keep up to date with new authors.



Choose the best books they have selected each month.



Finally, you can see the books which have won awards and prizes. 



With so many books to read, which one will you choose?


Our local library 

We have an enormous selection of books at our local library and libraries in around Plymouth. Libraries are an excellent opportunity for children to access a range of books at no cost. They feature books, e-books and audio books to borrow, free internet access, events for children to attend and creative workshops to participate in. Click on the link below to see what you can read or get involved with at the library!




Summer Reading Challenge 2017


Over the summer holidays lots of children from Oakwood Primary Academy successfully read six books and completed the reading challenge. We had many children from KS1 and KS2 coming to the front in assembly to receive their Animal Agents reading certificates. Well done to you all!

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Phonics is taught through the Read, Write, Inc model which is a rigorous approach to the teaching of reading and comprehension in line with the National Curriculum.

Miss Larcombe is our Read, Write, Inc manager at Oakwood. She  co-ordinates the implementation, monitoring and assessment of the Read, Write, Inc (RWI) programme in school. There are many helpful resources and information for parents regarding RWI on the Ruth Miskin website, please click on the link below to find out more.


At Oakwood Primary Academy, our approach to reading in Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 is the Read, Write, Inc programme based on a systematic and dynamic literacy programme rooted in phonics. We use the Read, Write, Inc reading books to support the teaching of reading in school.

As the children progress through Key Stage 1 and 2 we use a variety of reading schemes to support home-school reading. The main reading schemes used throughout the school are Oxford Reading Tree, Rigby Star, Ginn and the books coded using the REN reading programme. Please read on for further information regarding REN.

Owl Reading Scheme at Oakwood

The Oakwood Owl Reading scheme celebrates and rewards children for reading widely at school and at home. Parents are encouraged to read at home with their child and communicate with the class teacher through a home-school reading diary. Reading achievements are celebrated at school assemblies and the names of all the children are displayed on the wooden Owl Reading Trees in the school hall. Look out for them next time you attend an event in the school hall.

Reading Rewards



Foundation &

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

10 Books




25 Books

Reading Sticker


Bronze Owl Badge


50 Books

Reading Badge


Silver Owl Badge


100 Books

Reading Bookmark


Gold Owl Badge


100+ Books

Special Reading Badge


Special Reading Badge


We celebrate reading with our Owl Reading Scheme at Oakwood

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Renaissance Learning Accelerated Reading Programme

The school subscribes to Renaissance Reading (REN), the accelerated reading programme, which challenges pupils’ reading and comprehension skills in Key Stage 2 and the more able readers in year 2.

The programme is used in years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. Accelerated Reading is a powerful tool for monitoring and managing independent reading practice.  Children will complete an on-line Star Reading test and will be assessed and levelled.  They will then be able to choose a book within that level.  Each book is scored using a range of information:  Reading level, number of words and the number of points available.  Once the children have read the book they will complete an on-line quiz.  The questions will challenge children’s understanding about what they have read using comprehension style questions.

Children will very quickly be able to monitor their own success in the points score and levels achieved. Progress will be celebrated and certificates awarded. 

The Accelerated Reading programme motivates children of all ages and abilities to read for pleasure and enables teachers to diagnose problems accurately and address them quickly.

How can you help your child with reading?

Your role in your child’s success continues to be key.  When your child brings home a school reading book, please continue to help them with unfamiliar words and phrases that they may find tricky to read or understand.  There may be some challenging ideas or themes that they may find difficult to understand that will need explaining, especially as your child moves onto higher levels.  As far as possible, children should be encouraged to read independently either to you or quietly on their own.  Follow up by asking your child questions about what it is they have read: Who were the main characters? What was the main event? How did the chapter end?  

Children will then take the quiz in school and be given a new target and level. If you would like to find out more please click on the link below.

We have had writing published in a range of Plymouth Anthologies!

We have had writing published in a range of Plymouth Anthologies! 1
We have had writing published in a range of Plymouth Anthologies! 2
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We are authors! Imagine ...the possibilities.

We are great at RWI!

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