Oxford Reading Tree

At Ravenscroft we use the Oxford Reading Tree scheme.

The Oxford Owl website has e-books to enjoy listening to and has activities you can do with your child at home.  Ask your child’s class teacher for login details.


Please find below some questions to discuss when reading at home.

Where did the story take place?

Which part of the story best describes the setting?

Which words/phrases tell you that … e.g. the setting is spooky?

Who are the characters in the book?

What did she/he/it look like?

Describe… e.g. the giant

What happened in the story?

What happened after…?

How many…?

Who spoke to…? What did they talk about?

What is…?

Which paragraph tells you…?

Which word tells you that…?

Where can you find information about…?

Which part tells you that … ?  (e.g Red Riding Hood thought grandma was acting strangely?)

Why do …? (e.g. hedgehogs hibernate in winter?)

Infer – look for what is implied (suggested) rather than what is explicit (stated/obvious). Read between the lines to find the meaning.

Deduce – be a detective. Use evidence in the text to work out what is meant.

How did …. feel?

Why did … feel/ think …?

Why is …. important?

What does the word… imply about … ?


What makes you think that?

Which words give you that impression? Why?

If you were going to interview this character/author, which questions would you ask?

What sort of person do you think would use this book?  Describe a time when you think they would use it.

Do you think this is true/untrue?  Why do you think this?

What do you think …. is thinking?  What would you be thinking?

Which is your favourite part? Why?

Predict what you think is going to happen next.  Why do you think this?

Who would you like to meet most in the story? Why?