In our Foundation Stage and KS1, the children follow a reading scheme which consists of a mixture of ‘real’ books and scheme books. The books are divided into eleven coloured book bands. Each band includes a variety of fiction and non-fiction books; encouraging a breadth of reading experiences. Children start their reading journey in Foundation Stage on pink book band and, as a rough guide, are expected to have reached the final book band (lime) by the age of seven or eight. The children are often invited to choose their own book from within the band they are reading which allows them to select books that they are interested in.
As the children move through KS2, they have access to a large library of graded books which, with teacher guidance, they can select from. Junior librarians support the children scan books in and out – just like a real library!
To celebrate World Book Day 2016, a group of eight of our school council members visited Mr B’s Book Emporium in Bath. They chose nearly 40 new books for our KS2 reading library, including many books by contemporary authors and some graphic novels.