In Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6), the books that pupils take home to read are matched to their assessed reading abilities. Every book has been given a coloured sticker (book band colour) and pupils know which coloured sticker their chosen book has to have.
Books have been grouped and given a coloured stickered based on their level of difficulty. A book’s level of difficulty, is decided based on 3 main things:
- The complexity of the words used within the book
- The complexity and length of the sentence structures used
- The concepts and content covered by the book.
Therefore, some books may appear too easy at first glance, as the words maybe relatively easy to read, however, the length and structure of sentences may demand higher levels of comprehension skill by the child.
Below is a table illustrating the general progression through the book bands expected throughout Key Stage 2, along with a letter of explanation that was sent home earlier this year. Please take time to read our handy hints for helping at home – these are level specific.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1 the children also work through coloured book bands. The children bring home books which they are able to read independently and should find quite easy. At school, during guided reading, the children work at a higher level. This enables the teacher to introduce new skills and strategies before the children bring the next band home. You can see the order of progression below. Please take time to read our handy hints for helping at home – these are level specific.