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At Marnel Infant School we have now sorted our reading books into categories of reading ability in accordance with national levels. By colour banding our books we have been able to put a bigger variety of different scheme books in one level, providing children with greater choice of text and genre (fiction, non-fiction, poetry).

 

Most publishers now use this banding system, which has led to improved continuity between the publishing companies. Please bear in mind that that as the bands increase in difficulty, the comprehension skills required will also be more challenging. Once children can use phonics to read most words accurately they need to build their vocabulary and comprehension skills. Even if they are reading fluently, this still needs to be monitored.

 

Please be aware that, because of the re-arranging of the books, it is possible that your child could choose a title that they have already read under the old levels system. It is important to note that this is solely due to the creation of the new book bands; it does not mean that your child hasn’t made any progress in reading. Oxford Reading Tree books, in particular, have required a lot of moving around as there is often a lot of variation between books in the same stage. For this reason, please don’t worry about the ORT stage, which is on the back of the books; it is the colour band which is important. We have found that the newer books fit in better with book banding than the older staged books, which were published before national book banding.

 

 

Book Band Colour Order

LILAC

PINK

RED

YELLOW

BLUE

GREEN

ORANGE

TURQUIOSE

PURPLE

GOLD

WHITE

LIME

BROWN

 

 

These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School.

These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 1
These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 2
These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 3
These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 4
These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 5
These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 6
These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 7
These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 8
These are just some of the huge variety of reading schemes we have at Marnel Infant School. 9