Reading Schemes

Phonics/Reading Schemes in School

Throughout the school we have an extensive range of reading books. These are based on a core selection of the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and non-fiction books from Collins Big Cat Reading Scheme.

We also have selections of books taken from other schemes such as Literacy World, All Aboard and Link Up. We also have books that are not from published “reading schemes” but are banded according to difficulty alongside the reading scheme books.

In EYFS and KS1 we have the full scheme of Oxford Reading Tree Phonics, ranging from Floppy’s Phonics to Project X phonics, which covers the phases of the phonics programme we teach in school. We also have a large selection of Collins Big Cat Phonics books.

Our Guided Reading section is resourced with sets of books from the Oxford Reading Scheme. These sets include a wide range of high quality texts including:

  • Shakespeare and other classical authors
  • Play scripts
  • Graphic novels
  • Fiction texts
  • Non-fiction texts
  • Poetry

We supplement our reading schemes by encouraging the children to make use of the school library and encourage them to join Stockport Central Library. Children throughout the school are taken to Central Library as part of the curriculum and given guidance by the Librarians on how to get the most out of this valuable resource.

Our school library is currently undergoing a complete restock, which has involved input from the children regarding what they want to see in the library.  We have committed significant funds to ensure that all children have ready access to high quality texts which we hope in turn will have a positive impact on writing in the school in addition to encouraging all our children to read and develop an enjoyment in reading for pleasure.

Should you require more information please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or our Literacy Co-ordinator, Mrs Lambert.

Reading Book Banding

Reading Age Range Comprehension Level Colour Banding 
Foundation Stage Pink
Foundation Stage Red
4.0 – 4.5 Level 1 Yellow
4.6 – 4.11 Level 1 Light Blue
5.0 – 5.5 Level 1 Green
5.6 – 5.11 Level 1 Orange
6.0 – 6.5 Working Towards Level 2 Turquoise
6.6 – 6.11 2c Purple
7.0 – 7.5 2b Gold
7.6 – 7.11 2a White
8.0 – 8.5 3c / 3b Black
8.6 – 8.11 3a Brown
9.0 – 9.5 4c Grey
9.6 – 9.11 4b Dark Blue
10.0 – 10.5 4a Maroon
10.6 + 5 Free Choice

Teachers are responsible for the placing of children within a book band.

Your child may not be on the level that matches their chronological age. Teachers use assessments to match the child’s ability to read to a book band, ensuring that there is sufficient challenge so that your child makes progress, without destroying their enjoyment of reading by making the texts too difficult for your child.

Each child takes part in a guided reading activity daily and works with an adult in the classroom on a guided reading text at least once per week. Teachers are able to assess the level at which your child is working using information gained during these sessions, in addition to children regularly being heard to read by an adult in school. Teachers also regularly test children’s reading ages and comprehension levels and a book band is chosen to reflect the level at which the child is reading.

Should you wish to discuss this in more detail please see your child’s class teacher in the first instance.

We aim to hold Child/Parent Book Afternoons at least yearly as part of our Curriculum Days Initiative.

Please click on the link to download a copy of the Phonics Reading Schemes in School and Reading Book Banding.

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