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Book Bands explained

The reading book bands are a series of bands that have been carefully chosen to help children learn to read. When your child is learning to read, it’s important to give them books that are at the right level of challenge.

Books that are too hard can be frustrating – and can risk putting a child off reading. Books that are very easy can sometimes be fun, but they’re not the best way to improve reading skills.

You child will bring home Lilac books when they first start school and we are working on Phase 1 of the Letters and Sounds programme. 

When we start to teach Phase 2 the children will learn to recognise sets of  letters.  The children will be encouraged to use their knowledge of letter sounds to blend and sound out words.  For example they will learn to blend the sounds s-a-t to make the word sat.  Then they will start to bring home Pink books, these books will be organised by the sets of sounds they know.