Book Banding system
There are eleven book bands and within each band there are a wide variety of different texts for children to choose from. Your child will be given the opportunity to choose a book from their band to read and share with you at home. The books children read will vary in a number of ways, including layout, size, vocabulary and length, to give the children a rich diet of literature.
The difference between each colour band is very gradual, so that children do not experience great difficulty moving through the bands. Within each book band there will be wide range of non-fiction and fiction books and there will be some small differences in the difficulty level of each book. Some books will challenge and extend reading skills, vocabulary and word recognition and some will consolidate. Occasionally your child may choose to read a book again from within a book band, this will be acceptable as reading familiar texts develops fluency and confidence. When your child has achieved all the targets for a particular band their class teacher will move them onto the next colour band.
Progress through the bands is not automatic and it is important to ensure that children working in the early bands have secure understanding so that they remain in control of the task and well motivated as they move on to more challenging texts. This is particularly important for children at the early stages of learning
Obviously this guidance can only give a rough idea of the right reading level for your child. There will be a wide range of reading abilities in any school year. As a rough guide, children should be able to read at least 90% of the words on the page without any problem. If the book is too easy, they can become bored. If it’s too difficult, they can become frustrated, and may have to concentrate so hard on reading the words that they lose the enjoyment of understanding the story.
A Word of Caution!
Things to Remember