At Loatlands Primary School we aim to provide a broad and balanced reading scheme that incorporates titles from a number of publishers:
- Oxford University Press: Floppy’s Phonics, Oxford Reading Tree and Project X
- Collins: Big Cat
- Rising Stars: Reading Planet
All reading scheme books are organised using National Book Banding (16 colour coded bands). We aim to ensure a balance of fiction and non-fiction texts throughout the bands.
When children start in Reception they begin on Lilac band (wordless books) and progress through the bands at their own rate. Teachers closely monitor that each child is on the correct book band whereby they are able to read the text with 90-95% accuracy. This means that the text is challenging enough to provide new words to decode and some new vocabulary but not so challenging that the meaning of the text is lost. If a child reads a number of books (both fiction and non-fiction) with 95 - 100% accuracy and shows a good comprehension of the text, they will be moved on to the next band.
If, during Key Stage 2, a child is fully fluent at Dark Red level (reading age 10 years, 6 months and upwards) they have finished the scheme and are a ‘free reader’.