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Reading is vital to your child’s learning and development. We encourage you to read with your child on a regular basis in order to support their reading progress. With your support, your child will be able to, not only read but also understand the text at a greater depth.

Reading is more than just being able to decode and read words, which is why we have linked support materials, for you to use, when reading with your child.


What colour book should my child be reading?


Book Band Colour

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6


































































































EXS – National Curriculum Expected Standard. If your child is reading this colour book band book by the end of the year indicated, they are on track for meeting the curriculum expectations.


Please note: Once your child can confidently and fluently read and answer a range of questions based on a silver sticker book, they may become free readers and read books of their own choice. Suggested texts that would be suitable for free readers can be found on each of the classes pages on the website (the 100 books to read in year… )

What do the book band colours mean?

How do the books that my child reads link to phonics?

How can reading help your child's well being?

Summer Reading Challenge Get Ready

Guide How to register for the Summer Reading Challenge Guide 2021

The importance of reading is emphasised in the National Curriculum:


The programmes of study for reading at key stages 1 and 2 consist of 2 dimensions:

  • word reading
  • comprehension (both listening and reading)


Skilled word reading involves both the speedy working out of the pronunciation of unfamiliar printed words (decoding) and the speedy recognition of familiar printed words. Underpinning both is the understanding that the letters on the page represent the sounds in spoken words. This is why phonics should be emphasised.


Good comprehension draws from linguistic knowledge (in particular of vocabulary and grammar) and on knowledge of the world. Comprehension skills develop through pupils’ experience of high-quality discussion, as well as from reading and discussing a range of stories, poems and non-fiction. All children must be encouraged to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Reading widely and often increases childrens' vocabulary because they encounter words they would rarely hear or use in everyday speech. Reading also feeds pupils’ imagination and opens up a treasure house of wonder and joy for curious young minds.

It is essential that, by the end of their primary education, all pupils are able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.

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