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Oxford Reading Tree & Oxford Levels


If you want to know about Oxford Reading Tree and Oxford Levels and discover how you can help your child learn to read at home, this page will help.


What is Oxford Reading Tree?

As the UK’s most successful reading scheme, Oxford Reading Tree has helped millions of children from all over the world learn to read… and love to read. Rooted in reading for pleasure and with synthetic 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.


What are Oxford Levels and Book Bands?

At Hill Top, Book Bands are used across different reading schemes to indicate the reading level of each book. You will see our Oxford Levels alongside the Book Band colours on the back of each Oxford Reading Tree book.


Which series are in Oxford Reading Tree?

Because children need a diverse range of texts to build their vocabulary, and we know that different children are engaged by different genres and topics, Oxford Reading Tree has developed an extensive range of series to help schools teach children to read, to enjoy reading.


How can I help my child learn to read at home?

You’ll find lots of expert advice and helpful tips on the Reading pages. The most important thing you can do is make the time to read with your child every day, whether a book sent home from school, borrowed from the library, or from your own bookshelves.


Reading at home during lockdown or self isolation

Each child has been given a log in so they can access a range of reading material from our reading scheme. Please do not limit your child to reading a book from their own colour band. Your child should be encouraged to choose a book that interests them, that they can read with support or challenge, or choose an easier read for pleasure.


Click on the image below and this will take you to the Hill Top, Class log-in page.