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St John the Baptist Primary School, Belfast
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Reading Scheme

Book Bands

The school is very lucky to have a wide range of reading books including reading schemes such as The Oxford Literacy Tree (ORT) and novels ranging from easy reads to extended novels and longer reads. We have spent a lot of time reviewing our school stock and leveling the books into book bands and associated reading ages. It is designed so that pupils are reading the correct book that is tailored to their reading level and guides them to the appropriate books that will help them progress. In Foundation and Key Stage 1 the guided reading books are also leveled within the bands from Level 1 to Level 24. At St. John the Baptist teachers complete what are called 'Running Records' assessments to establish and review the reading level of each child. This helps teachers match the teaching material to the instructional reading level for the pupil and it helps to identify strategies the pupil is secure in and the strategies that need to be developed.

Book Band

Colour

Reading Age

Band 0

Lilac

 

Band 1

Pink

4.5 - 5.0 years

Band 2

Red

4.5 - 5.0 years

Band 3

Yellow

5.0 - 6.0 years

Band 4

Blue

5.0 - 6.0 years

Band 5

Green

5.0 - 6.0 years

Band 6

Orange

6.5 - 7.0 years

Band 7

Turquoise

7.0 - 7.5 years

Band 8

Purple

7.5 - 8.0 years

Band 9

Gold

8.0 - 8.5 years

Band 10

White

8.5 - 9.0 years

Band 11

Grey

9 - 10

Band 12

Free Reader LKS2

Ruby

10 - 11

Band 13

Free Reader UKS2

Sapphire

11 - 12