At Brooklands, whilst learning to decode in EYFS and KS1, children bring home a book/read an ebook matched to the phonic sound they are focusing on in school. Once the children are able to decode, and can know all their sounds, they move onto banded books which allow them to improve their vocabulary and comprehension skills. These are banded orange star, blue star, green star and red star, increasing in complexity of language and/or content as they move through the bands.


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 understanding the text. 

Children who have completedred star band books are considered to be 'Free Readers'. They can choose any books from an age appropriate selection.

Please try to read with your child for at least 10 - 15 minutes each night. 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.

Recommended Reading Lists:

The following are a few books to get you started with reading in each year group:





N.B. All the recommended reads are generally suitable for the age ranges suggested. However, we do advise you to read all books first yourself to ensure that you are happy with the content and level of difficulty for your child.