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Instructional Series

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Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8.

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Ready to Read Phonics Plus

Ready to Read Phonics Plus are new books that enhance the existing Ready to Read Colour Wheel series. 

Instructional reading – RTR Phonics Plus tree

In order to become effective readers, students need to be able to:

  • “crack the written code” in texts
  • make meaning from texts
  • think critically about texts.

The Ready to Read Phonics Plus books focus on word recognition knowledge and skills that explicitly support children to crack the code. These books focus on decoding and sight recognition of familiar words alongside building language comprehension knowledge and skills.

The Ready to Read Colour Wheel books focus more on helping children to make meaning and think critically.

It's important to have both the Phonics Plus and the Colour Wheel books so that all children have access to approaches that help them to be successful readers.

Schools with children in years 1–3 will receive copies of Ready to Read Phonics Plus and Ready to Read Colour Wheel books. Other schools can order copies of the books and teacher support materials through Down the Back of the Chair

Resources for teaching and learning

There are a range of resources to support teachers in using the Ready to Read Phonics Plus books. 

You can find these on Literacy Online.

Ordering resources

To order resources please contact  Ministry of Education resource catalogue by  e-mail or by freephone 0800 660 662 or freefax 0800 660 663.

More support and information on Literacy Online

There is more information on Literacy Online to support teachers as they use the Ready to Read Phonics Plus books with their children. 

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