Each book in our school has been given a coloured band. The banding system follows a national book band scheme. Books are given a specific colour band according to their level and word count. Books which are banded lime, brown, grey, dark blue, dark red and black are for our older children (from year 3 onwards). As the children progress through the school it will generally take them longer to move through the bands and from brown book band onwards it’s roughly a band per year.
We use a Benchmarking assessment to determine when children are ready to move up to the next book band, this looks at the children's reading ability as well as how they retrieve information, infer, understand vocabulary and retell the story they have read.
Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions or concerns about reading or if you’d like to listen to readers in school.