OUP to relaunch Read at Home series after phonics boost

<p>OUP is relaunching its Read at Home series in response to the government&rsquo;s focus on synthetic phonics to teach reading. </p><p>The series will be relaunched in May as Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper. The Read at Home series is based on characters from the schools-based scheme, Oxford Reading Tree (ORT), which has been revised this month to include a phonics teaching programme. </p><p>Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper is designed for parents to share with children at home to support what they are learning in school, said Jane Harley, head of primary publishing at OUP. &quot;We have rebranded Biff, Chip and Kipper as a clear, six-level reading system, with stories and a phonics strand which mirrors what children are learning in school.&quot;</p><p>OUP has also created a website, <a href="http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk" target="_blank">www.oxfordowl.co.uk</a>, to support parents in helping their child learn to read. It includes tips on reading and learning to read with phonics, ideas for motivating boys, over 100 free e-books, and activities to support reading.</p><p>The government will pilot its recently-announced phonics-based reading test for six-year-olds in June. </p>