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Approximate age guide.

Oxford Reading Tree Levels & approximate corresponding book bands

Pink book band

Recommended reading age 4 - 5 years.

For children just starting to read. Children are getting used to reading from left to right and matching spoken words to written words. Usually no more than 10 pages with up to 5 words on a page.

Red book band

Recommended reading age 4 - 5 years.

The second step up the ladder as children gain a little more confidence and may know some words by sight. Usually no more than 15 pages with 1 sentence per page.

Yellow book band

Recommended reading age 4 - 5 years.

Children are beginning to read more varied sentence structures and taking some note of punctuation. Usually no more than 15 pages with 1 or 2 sentences per page.

Blue book band

Recommended reading age 5 - 6 years.

Children are becoming more confident at reading longer and more varied sentences. Usually no more than 15 pages with 2 or 3 sentences per page.

Green book band

Recommended reading age 5 - 6 years.

Children are starting to read quite fluently and take note of punctuation. Usually about 20 pages with 3 or 4 sentences per page.

Orange book band

Recommended reading age 5 - 6 years.

Children are starting to read longer and more complex sentences and can understand a range of punctuation. Usually about 20 pages with 4 or 5 sentences per page.

Turquoise book band

Recommended reading age 6 - 7 years.

Children can read complex sentences fairly fluently, taking note of punctuation. They use expression and do not rely on illustrations to help them. Usually about 20 pages with 4 or 5 sentences per page.

Purple book band

Recommended reading age 6 - 7 years.

Children might read silently or quietly at quite a rapid pace, taking note of punctuation. Usually about 25 pages with 5 to 10 sentences per page.

Gold book band

Recommended reading age 6 - 7 years.

Children might read silently or quietly at quite a rapid pace, taking note of punctuation. Usually about 25 pages with 5 to 10 sentences per page.

White book band

Recommended reading age 6 - 7 years.

Books might have chapters. Children will read silently most of the time. They are interested in longer texts which they can return to easily after a break. Usually no more than 30 pages and about 10 sentences per page.

Lime book band

Recommended reading age 6 - 7 years.

Books might have chapters. Children will read silently most of the time. They are interested in longer texts which they can return to easily after a break. Usually more than 30 pages.

Extended book band

Recommended reading age 7 - 9 years.

Books might have chapters. Children read silently with confidence and perseverance. A wide variety of longer, demanding texts, usually with around 30 - 50 pages.

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Children’s Reading Hit Hard After Pandemic

04 May 2022
We are starting to see the real impact of the pandemic on children’s learning. Research by Juniper Education reports that children who are currently in Year 3 (Year 1 in 2019) have suffered the biggest drops in attainment during the pandemic. Only 68% of Year 3 children were working at the expected level of reading in autumn 2021 following the pandemic, compared to 82% in autumn 2019. In addition, there is a worrying trend ...
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06 April 2022
Schools have been increasingly encouraged by the Government to teach children to read using synthetic phonics. Learning to read using phonics isn’t a new concept, but in the past, it has been used in combination with other teaching methods. At school, children learn letter sounds (phonemes) in groups and then work on blending them to make words. The first group is normally ‘s, a, t, p, i, n’. Once children know these phonemes, they ...
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