Reading resources

BRI free resources

BRI is a successful programme for teaching children to read at home and in school (see full range of books in online shop). We have put together the resources below to help you to get the best out of the programme.

Initial and Mastery Assessments and Graph

The PDFs below present transparent information for school and for Pupil Premium records. The Assessments are simple and quick-to-administer, providing essential indicators of reading progress and demonstrating whether what has been taught has actually been learned. The accompanying graph provides an instant visual record of progress.

Initial and Mastery Assessments:
• Indicate the optimum starting point for each child
• Provide the baseline for comparing before/after progress for school records

Downloadable graph to fill in and file for each pupil:

PDF: BRI Pre & Post Assessment Graph indicating pupil progress

Order of Introduction

A story-by-story record of word, sound and letter(s) introduction, incorporating a tutor comments section.

Getting Started with BRI

A Brief Guide for parents, tutors, TAs and volunteers.

Sample Lesson Plans

For whole class, one-to-one and small group teaching.

Letter/Sound Cards for use before BRI Level 1 stories

Use before each new story is tackled to familiarise the child with the letter/sounds of the words. The Letter/Sound Cards can be discontinued quite quickly for most children, but those with Special Needs may benefit from this extra practice.

Notched Card

Developed by Tom and Hilary Burkard, founders of The Promethean Trust, the Notched Card is an invaluable way of instilling the habit of all-through-the-word reading.

Picture sheets for recording reading progress and for the child to colour

Beneath the picture of each story, space has been allotted for two stars: the first to be given after completion of a reading, the second after rereading with expression. It is vital that any ‘star system’ never leads to rushing through the stories. Some children will take a long time to complete two readings of a story, and their efforts and achievement are deserving of encouragement and praise. Certificates of Success can be downloaded on completion of each Level.

Certificate of Success

Each Level of BRI-ARI stories represents a milestone on the journey towards literacy. Certificates of Success are a pleasing way of acknowledging effort and achievement.

Character Sheets for Colouring

BRI Level 1: Picture-Based Questions

For pre-reading children, including those with Speech, Language and Communication (SLC) delay, BRI stories offer great opportunities for lively conversations.

PDF: BRI Level 1 Picture-Based Questions
PDF: BRI Set 1 Picture-Based Questions (original format books)

Introducing each of the characters in BRI Levels 1 and 2

Lively portraits of all the animals in Level 1 – from Sam the Lion ‘who perhaps isn’t quite as brave as one might expect of a lion’ to Ed the Dog who is ‘stuck with the usual canine desire to please’.
PDF: BRI Levels 1 and 2 Characters

BRI Character Poster

A short daily segmenting/blending session of the animal names provides ideal skills’ practice.
A preprinted A3 character poster is also available on request and can be posted free. To receive your copy, email us on with your contact details.
PDF: BRI Character Poster

Preview samples of books

To preview any of our books, click on the Amazon link on the relevant Buy Books page and select the ‘Look Inside‘ option.

A Comparison of BRI with Mainstream Synthetic Phonics Programmes

The straightforward instruction of BRI accommodates any slight differences in the Order of Introduction with ease. BRI is a standalone programme but is also an invaluable additional resource for other Synthetic Phonics programmes.
PDF: Comparison of BRI with other SP Programmes

Piper Books reading programmes

Our rigorously trialled, easy-to-use reading programmes offer fail-safe decoding foundations that result in fluency, vocabulary growth and enhanced comprehension. Grammar and language conventions form an integral part of the programme.

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