Give the Gift of Reading
Usborne Very First Reading has been developed to offer the best possible support to the teaching of reading, both in schools and at home. It is based on the principles of synthetic phonics, but also provides effective support for non-phonics-based schemes.
From Book 13 - The monster diner
“The games and questions enhanced the process, reinforcing techniques (letter sounds, story sequence, understanding of what is read).”
Regina Coeli Catholic Primary School, Croydon
Very First Reading offers:
From Book 4 - Dog diary
The Very First Reading framework was developed with the help of literacy experts Alison Kelly and Anne Washtell at Roehampton University in London, and is tied in to the learning sequence in Letters and Sounds.
“That the books tie in with the Letters and Sounds programme is important - the books seem to match children’s own progress in L&S so their sense of achievement would improve.”
Honiton Primary School, Devon
The framework ensures:
Download our overview of the framework (PDF) which includes the material covered in each book and the associated phase and stage in Letters and Sounds.
Literacy experts Alison Kelly and Anne Washtell have been involved throughout the Very First Reading development process, from devising the framework through checking the text of each of the 15 titles.
Alison worked for many years as a primary school teacher in London, and is currently Principal Lecturer in English Education at Roehampton University.
She is the co-author and editor of bestselling textbooks on reading and writing in the primary classroom. She is also the expert adviser on Usborne’s First Reading and Young Reading series, which have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Anne has also worked as a primary school teacher and a teaching advisor at the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education in London, and contributed to numerous textbooks and resource books for teachers.
She is currently Senior Lecturer in English Education at Roehampton University, with a special interest in teaching phonics.
Usborne Very First Reading has been assessed for book band levels, and the bands for the series are as follows:
From Book 12 - The circus under the sea
|Band 1 - Pink|
|Book 1 Pirate Pat|
|Book 2 The Dressing-Up Box|
|Book 3 A Bus for Miss Moss|
|Book 4 Dog Diary|
|Band 2 - Red|
|Book 5 Grizzly Bear Rock|
|Book 6 The Queen Makes a Scene|
|Book 7 Stop That Cow!|
From Book 12 - The circus under the sea
|Band 3 - Yellow|
|Book 8 Moon Zoom|
|Book 9 Run, Rabbit, Run!|
|Band 4 - Blue|
|Book 10 Late Night at the Zoo|
|Book 11 Wild School|
|Book 12 The Circus Under the Sea|
|Book 13 The Monster Diner|
|Band 5 - Green|
|Book 14 Knight Fight|
|Book 15 Mr. Mystery|
From Book 14 - Knight fight
Very First Reading is designed to bring children up to the level at which they can tackle stories in Usborne First Reading (Level One), which is part of the bestselling Usborne Reading Programme.
The Usborne Reading Programme offers a huge choice of titles and topics for developing readers - fairy tales and folk tales, original fiction and classics, natural history, history and biography, including RE and citizenship - graded into seven levels.
You can find out more about the Usborne Reading Programme, or download a full list of Usborne Reading Progamme titles by book band. Selected Usborne Reading Programme titles are also available in packs, together with comprehensive teacher's notes, for Guided Reading at National Curriculum levels 1C-4A.
Teach your Monster to Read is a free game which provides a series of fun challenges to help children improve their accuracy in recognising phonemes and graphemes. It follows the teaching sequence of Letters and Sounds, and is also compatible with other leading phonics programmes. The game was produced and funded by the Usborne Foundation, a charity set up by Peter Usborne, founder of Usborne Publishing. It has been developed in consultation with reading experts at the University of Roehampton and created by leading UK games designers. Visit the Teach your Monster to Read website to find out more.
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