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Early Reading

During children's early development the importance of reading is not just about physically reading books. Children who listen to books being read and are frequently talked to directly become more familiar with words and build larger expressive vocabularies. Encouraging a love for books at an early stage is of great benefit to children as they become early developing readers. Creating enjoyment around books and rhymes also allows children to gain positive experiences of reading. 


Children being read to at home as well as reading their own books is of high importance. This is based on research that strongly suggests that the more words children experience, the greater their own reading development with progress. A snapshot of research found that how many words children would have heard by the time they were 5 years old based on how many times they are read to:

Never read to, 4,662 words;

1–2 times per week, 63,570 words;

3–5 times per week, 169,520 words;

daily, 296,660 words;

and five books a day, 1,483,300 words


Oxford Owl eBook Library


At DCS we subscribe to Oxford Owl eBook Library. Here your child can access an extensive range of texts related to their current phonics ability. Using the log in details below your child can access these at home at anytime using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. 


The information leaflet attached gives more information on how to navigate the website. 

Nursery and Reception
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Year 1 and 2
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Year 3 and 4
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Year 5 and 6
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