North Baddesley Infant School

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Reading

We do not have one set reading scheme in school as we believe children need to experience a range and variety of books. Our reading books are graded by colour according to difficulty known as Book Bands and children work through the bands at their own rate. Each Book Band has its own colour and fits with current National Curriculum levels. Within the bands, books are taken from several different established schemes such as Bug Club, Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree. There are also some "real" books that are not written as part of a scheme. This system ensures that children are exposed to a wide variety of authors and genres and can become very discerning in their choices. As there is a range of books in each band, some may be slightly harder or easier and yet still fit into a certain range. The colour bands are shown below - click on each band to see the expectations for the band or click here to see an overview of expected reading progression. Click here to see our bookmark containing top tips for reading with your child at home.

(working towards Level 1 – WC/WB)

  • Find title
  • Open front cover
  • Turn pages properly
  • Understand that the left page comes before the right
  • Understand that we read from left to right
  • Point to each word as it is read – 1:1 correspondence
  • Use the meaning of the text
  • Use language patterns
  • Predict the story
  • Predict some unknown words
  • Recognise some letters by what they look like or sound like
  • Read one word for each word seen

(Working towards level 1 – WA)

  • Find and remember title
  • Match written and spoken words 1:1
  • Use known words to help understand the sentence
  • Repeat words, phrases or sentences to check and be sure of understanding
  • Blend and read CVC words
  • Use phonic knowledge to attempt unknown words
  • Read on sight familiar and important words
  • Recognise 10 tricky words

(1C)

  • Use punctuation to help reading
  • Notice familiar words and letter patterns and use these to help read new words
  • Find things that are the same or similar in different texts e.g. Curly the Caterpillar
  • Predict in more detail
  • Read on sight familiar and important words
  • Say what they do and don’t like about a text
  • Talk about stories and other texts identifying main points and themes
  • Use phonic knowledge to attempt unknown words
  • Read to the end of a sentence to work out an unfamiliar word
  • Read about 15 tricky key words

(1C)

  • Take notice of meaning, words and sentence structure, to help us read
  • Self correct more quickly during reading
  • Re-read to make the text sound more interesting and to help us understand it
  • Solve new words using different clues – meaning of the sentence, known words, letter patterns, using what you already know about a word or sentence
  • Read a wide range of books and types of text
  • Talk about the book and show we have understood
  • Use awareness of grammar to help decipher new or unfamiliar words
  • Blend phonemes to read words containing consonant clusters and long vowel phonemes
  • Read about 20 tricky words
  • Identify and discuss main events and key points in a text

(1B)

  • Read fluently noticing punctuation
  • Read familiar texts aloud with fluency and expression appropriate to the grammar
  • Solve new words using a range of clues and investigating words that fit
  • Track lines of text without finger pointing
  • Read a range of texts
  • Talk about the character and story plot in detail
  • Blend phonemes to read words containing consonant clusters and long vowel phonemes
  • Sustain independent reading to complete texts
  • Locate specific information in a text to find the answers (retrieval)
  • Understand how simple diagrams and charts add information
  • Relate story setting and incidents to own experience

(1A)

  • Read more complex sentences
  • Solve new words using a range of clues and cross check
  • Notice a range of punctuation
  • Infer meaning and work out what the author is suggesting
  • Recognise the full range of vowel digraphs and trigraphs
  • Identify syllables in order to read polysyllabic words

(1A)

  • Read different genres more confidently
  • Use punctuation and text layout to read expressively
  • Keep reading through longer sentences and paragraphs
  • Work out and tackle a larger number of more difficult words
  • Recognise common prefixes and suffixes and regular verb endings to construct the meaning of words in context
  • Make simple inferences about thoughts, feelings and reasons for actions

(2C)

  • Look at lots of different texts with independence and predict
  • Read silently at a good pace, using punctuation to help
  • Work out most unknown words “on the run”
  • Identify some literary effects writers use e.g. good adjectives
  • Use reading to extend speaking and listening
  • Understand how to use alphabetically ordered texts to retrieve information, written vocabulary
  • Scan the text to find specific answers
  • Make simple inferences about thoughts, feelings and reasons for actions

(2B)

  • Confidently predict the content and layout of a text by looking through
  • Read silently at a rapid pace, using punctuation to help
  • Work out most unknown words "on the run"
  • Take notice of literary effects writers use
  • Use reading to extend speaking and written vocabulary
  • Read aloud with intonation and expression, taking account of the punctuation e.g. speech marks and exclamation marks
  • Generate questions before reading and use bibliographical knowledge to help retrieve specific information
  • Identify how ideas link and how a writer does this

(2A)

  • Read silently most of the time
  • Stay interested in longer texts and returns to them easily after a break
  • Search for and find information in texts easily
  • Notice the spelling of unknown words and relate to new words
  • More aware of vocabulary and exact meanings
  • Discuss and offer own opinions and ideas about the text
  • Begin to understand the effects of different words and phrases e.g. to create humour, images and atmosphere
  • Evaluate the usefulness of the information in particular texts for answering questions
  • Understand the deeper un-stated meaning of a text

(L3)

  • Recognise a range of prefixes and suffixes to construct the meanings of words in context
  • Recognise the function of the apostrophe for omission and pronounce contracted forms correctly
  • Recognise a full range of consonant digraphs e.g. kn, wr, ph
  • Understand how pronouns in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person forms are used in sentences and apply this info to maintain understanding when reading
  • Know how language is used to create effects e.g. adjectives and adverbs and use to create detailed mental images
  • Understand the difference between prose and play script
  • Explore underlying themes and ideas, making clear reference to text
  • Discuss the actions of the main characters and justify views using evidence from the text (f)
  • Sustain silent reading to include longer, more complex texts
  • Draw on knowledge of authors and types of books they write to inform choices
  • Understand how dialogue is punctuated and laid out and read with appropriate expression
  • Read aloud with intonation and expression taking account of punctuation e.g. commas to mark pauses
  • When reading aloud show awareness and understanding of the different voices in stories (f)
  • Read aloud confidently to an audience e.g. playscript, performance poem or favourite passage from a text
  • Understand how to use indexes to locate specific info
  • Use bibliographical knowledge e.g. indexes to locate specific info
  • Understand the features of page layout in non-fiction texts e.g. subheadings, labels, diagrams, charts (nf)
  • Identify the main point and summarise orally the content of a passage of text (nf)
  • Use notes to summarise the main points from a passage of text (nf)
  • Evaluate the usefulness of information e.g. follow instructions to see if they work (nf)

  • Uses knowledge of word formation and range of prefixes and suffixes to construct the meaning of words in context
  • Uses different reading styles for different text types
  • Reads aloud with intonation and expression taking account of punctuation
  • Uses knowledge of how commas, connectives and full stops are used to join separate clauses to maintain fluency and understanding when reading
  • Applies knowledge of the different uses of the apostrophe to maintain understanding
  • Prepares for factual research by evaluating what is known and locating relevant sources to use
  • Retells what has been read giving brief details of main points of importance
  • Responds critically to issues raised in stories, locating evidence in the text, exploring alternative courses of action and evaluating the author’s solution
  • Distinguishes between fact and opinion and recognises the point of view being presented in a text
  • Understands how chapters and paragraphs are used to collect, order and build up ideas
  • Makes use of non-fiction features, e.g. contents to scan and assess for relevance to the intended purpose
  • Identifies the features of different types of text, e.g. newspaper &, non-chronological reports, explanations, persuasion and ICT texts and use appropriate reading strategies e.g. scrolling through an electronic text
  • Understands narrative order & chronology tracking the passing of time in stories
  • Identifies the use of expressive, descriptive and figurative language in prose and poetry and interprets the effect of the choice of language to create mood, build tension etc.
  • Knows how style and vocabulary are linked to the purpose of the text, e.g. exaggerated writing in persuasive text
  • Evaluates specific texts with reference to their type, e.g. is an advert successful at persuading?
  • Describes and reviews own reading habits
  • Takes part in peer group discussion on books, giving and listening to opinions and thoughts about the text
  • When reading can identify what genre the text is where this is a genre studied previously. Can give reasons
  • Can relate the book to books by the same / other authors within a genre

  • Uses knowledge of word formation and range of prefixes and suffixes to construct the meaning of words in context
  • Adapts reading styles to different text types
  • Reads aloud with intonation and expression taking account of punctuation and adapting reading style to audience
  • Uses punctuation to maintain fluency and meaning when reading
  • Prepares for factual research by evaluating what is known, constructing key questions to be answered and locating relevant sources to use
  • Makes notes – selecting the most important points
  • Provides relevant selected information in a book blurb or review
  • Responds critically to issues raised in stories, locating evidence in the text. Discusses alternative courses of action giving reference as to how this builds on what has already been read and evaluating how this would compare with the author’s solution
  • Distinguishes between fact and opinion and recognises the point of view being presented in a text and why this might be misleading. Relates this to work on persuasive writing e.g. advertisements
  • Understands and begins to identify different ways in which authors pace, build up and sequence stories
  • Makes use of non-fiction features, to choose and use information texts
  • Identifies how an author conveys narrative order & chronology
  • Links the type of language used to its effect in creating mood, building tension etc.
  • Knows how style and vocabulary are linked to the purpose of the text, and identifies particularly good uses of this.
  • Evaluates specific texts with reference to their type, layout, clarity and usefulness and makes recommendations to others
  • Has an active attitude towards reading – seeks answers, anticipates events, empathises with characters and imagines the events as described. Discusses these with others
  • Chooses books by genre according to purpose or preference. Describes the key features of the book chosen and gives reasons related to its features