At Brooklands, we use a variety of home reading scheme books such as Oxford Reading Tree, Rising Stars and Big Cat. We also supplement these with 'Real Books'. Our books are banded into the following categories:
Pink, Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, Orange, Turquoise, Purple, Gold, White, Lime, Copper, Topaz, Emerald, Sapphire, Diamond and Pearl
As there are so many bands, you may find books in different bands to be of a similar ability level. Children move through the book bands at their own pace; teachers will move children onto the next band when they are satisfied they are secure in both decoding the words and understanding the text. Children reading at Sapphire level and above are generally considered to be 'Free Readers'.
Home reading books are changed twice per week in KS1 (Mon to Thurs). Children in KS2 change their books independently as and when they complete them. Please try to read with your child for at least 10 - 15 minutes each night and record this in their reading record. Older children may prefer to read to themselves but can still benefit from sharing a story and discussing a text with an adult. Please feel free to supplement your child's home reader with further books, magazines or comics - these offer valuable extra reading practice and can be recorded in their school reading record.