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Stamford GreenPrimary School and Nursery

Reading and Phonics

Please click on the documents at the bottom of this page for information on how to help your child with reading book band books.

At Stamford Green, children begin reading using our book band reading system – this is a series of different levels of books each banded a particular colour.   Children will begin at pink level and will progress through the book bands until they are ready to read books chosen from our school library.   As the children progress through the colours, the texts become longer with trickier words and more complicated storylines. In the pink level there are few very words, which enable the child to discuss the picture and learn key words. By the time the children reach white and lime green books, the child will be a confident, fluent and independent reader who uses a range of strategies appropriately to establish meaning.

In each book band, we ensure that there a variety of different types of books from a variety of different reading schemes, including Oxford Reading Tree, Story Street and Project X. This ensures that the child experiences a variety of books and characters, including fiction and non-fiction as they develop their reading preferences.

Members of teaching staff in KS1 read at least once a week with the children. Teachers will use their assessments to make decisions when children are ready to move to the next book band level. When the children are ready to move on from the lime green book band, the children will begin to choose books from the school library. We recommend that when children are ready to move to library books, they choose ‘red dot’ books. These books are still classed as library books; however contain fewer and shorter chapters, but are progressive from the lime green book bands.  

Please see the information below for supporting your child with the different stage books.

Please also see Reading Videos for strategies to support your child with reading.