Reading for Parents

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Please find below some of the information from the two reading workshops held this week.


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Key Stage One

Key Stage Two


Book Bands

At Barnack CE Primary a child's reading journey follows books that are banded by colour right the way through the school. There are general guidelines about which book bands should be covered in each year group. In year 2, children working at age related expectations should be reading books in gold or white bands (some may be on Lime). Please remember however that children learn in different ways and make progress at different times. It is possible that there may be seven year olds on book band red and five year olds on book band turquoise.


The books will vary in a number of ways, including size, layout, vocabulary and length, to give the children a variety of different types of literature. The difference between each colour band is meant to be gradual, so that children do not experience great difficulty or moving up through the scheme.


Progress through the bands is not supposed to happen too quickly and it is important to ensure that children working in the early bands have secure understanding.


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 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 may 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 child will not benefit from being rushed through books. It is not a race; it is a journey! Children learn to read at different rates just as they learn to do other things at different rates. If children are rushed through the books they will not achieve the enjoyment and understanding necessary. Books that they find too difficult will soon put them off reading!

  • Hear your child read every day.

  • Little and often is more beneficial than a long session once a week.

  • Think about how long you are reading for - the amount of reading time should not go beyond your child's span of attention.

  • Pick your timing carefully – it’s best not to embark on a reading session when your child is tired.

  • Enjoy reading with your child and help them become lifelong readers.