Book band at end of year 1 what is/was your dc on

(73 Posts)
ruby22 Wed 30-May-12 13:30:21

I know this has been done before but just wanted to know what book band your child was on at start of Y1 and at end, also does their age make a difference, ie mine was 5.1 at start of year 1 and on pink band. Just trying to gauge the average, if that exists and yes I know it does depend on the individual child but there must be some expected average so if anyone knows please tell me! thanks

lou2321 Wed 30-May-12 13:34:17

I don't think it is that useful for you to know what other children are on as at this age it varies so much. In my DS's class at the start of Y1 they ranged from red-white bands so approx 3 years difference between top and bottom.

My friends DS was on red at the start of the year but has whizzed up to blue level (beg of Y2 I believe) and there is still half a term to go, my DS left YR on white level and is only just about to go up from lime level now so less progress as such so not as much of a gap now.

My niece was 6 in the September when starting Y1 and just went onto red to start the year so even age isn't always a factor.

I really wouldn't worry at all.

crazygracieuk Wed 30-May-12 13:55:50

My son is August born and started Y1 on red. He's currently on green. I believe that average is blue/green which is about 1b. (I believe it's average because it means that he should be 2b at the end of Y2).

crazygracieuk Wed 30-May-12 14:02:38

Pink at the start of Y1 is slightly behind but a gap that could be closed. (My older son left Reception unable to read pink but managed a 2a at the end of Y2)

How much progress has your son made? Does he know lots of new sounds? My ds has definitely learned the sounds that they did at the end of Reception and learned a few new ones this year.

simpson Wed 30-May-12 14:37:48

My is DS is in yr2 now but started yr1 on stage 5 ORT (I forget what colour that is)

He finished yr1 on gold. He is an August born child but there were kids on stage 3/4 at the end of yr1 still.

Becksharp Wed 30-May-12 14:41:39

DS1 (september born) started Y1 on pink and finished Y1 on in y3 he is band 6 (can't remember what colour that is) - if your DC is on this trajectory you will need LOTS of extra help!

lostintoys Wed 30-May-12 14:53:34

DS1 (April born) leaving Yr 1 on ORT 11 (purple). I listen to reading in his class and there is a huge range from level 3 upwards.

Iamnotminterested Wed 30-May-12 15:02:14

Dd1 can't remember blush
DD2 started y1 on orange, finished on lime; assessed as 3c in reading at the end of year 1.

redskyatnight Wed 30-May-12 15:21:13

DS and DD both started Y1 on blue and ended on white. DS has summer birthday, DD birthday midway through school year.

DD is currently in Y1 - the range in her year group is from red-lime. The school's "expected" level is green/orange.

Tgger Wed 30-May-12 15:29:33

Hmmmm, don't they all learn at different rates/when they're ready? DS is in Reception but is 6 in October (so older one) and reading at purple level- although it depends a bit on the book. The ORT purple ones are pretty easy but he's tried some bananas that say they are purple which are much harder. However his cousin in Sweden who was 6 in March hasn't learnt to read yet at all as they don't do it over there at this age. His older cousin in Sweden was also slow to start reading and didn't really get going until age 7, but now age 8 is reading Harry Potter so don't think it matters as long as they are making progress.

Lizcat Wed 30-May-12 16:19:06

DD was steady in reception, steady in year 1, virtually stood still in year 2 and has now flown in year 3. So I think you can not compare children or averages only discussion with the teacher can tell you whether your child is progressing at a satisfactory rate.

Elibean Wed 30-May-12 16:19:12

dd1 started on green (iirc, which I probably don't) and ended on white. The range in her year was from red to library.

Have to say, now in Y3 there is a whole group of mostly boys who were lagging behind in Y1, started to catch up towards the end of Y2, and then steamed forwards to draw level with the 'good readers' in Y3.

So another one here who really thinks its not very relevent unless progress is slow enough to suggest SN.

ruby22 Wed 30-May-12 16:58:51

Thanks for those replies,very difficult to ascertain expected average from the teachers (job share, both have a degree in evading parents questions!). My dc entered year 1 on pink and is now on green, To me that's a huge amount of progress however they are saying needs to go onto an additional literacy scheme as is in bottom 10% of the year group. I was trying to work out if they expect children to be a certain number of bands higher at end of year or if it is related to age as dc very young in school year. As the parents don't discuss which bands their children are on it is hard to gauge. Don't want to knock any offer of help so will go along with it.

crazygracieuk Wed 30-May-12 17:01:28

Mine is also on green which is low for his class but it's an affluent area where parents are involved so many kids arrive in reception reading. I'd suspect my son is bottom 15% too.

Scholes34 Wed 30-May-12 17:19:32

Of my three DCs I can't remember a thing with regard to their level of reading at the end of Year 1. It all becomes irrelevant as they all start to read fluently.

Are you saying you've not looked in another child's book bag when they've come round for tea straight after school?

GirlsInWhiteDresses Wed 30-May-12 17:25:21

I suspect you will only get responses from those with kids currently in year 1 as everyone else forgets quickly.

I've no idea where my summer born started but is now on copper (level 13?) and is likely to stay there until the end of year. No idea what the rest of the class are doing.

ruby22 Wed 30-May-12 17:33:13

Scholes they get one book a week and it's a night she goes to after school gymnastics so we never have anyone round on that night for me to be able to forage through their book bags smile I would be very tempted though if I had the chance!

shushpenfold Wed 30-May-12 17:35:28

ds - mid band, dd1 - second from top band, dd2 - free reading. Different kids entirely.

dixiechick1975 Wed 30-May-12 17:37:33

Main thing from being on here is all schools seem to approach reading slightly differently eg some make children a free reader after x level whilst other schools have more reading scheme books or some seem to make children read every book on a band and some jump them through quickly.

I'd take it as a positive your child is getting extra support - sounds like the school are on the ball.

FWIW DD 5.7 at start of year 1 was on green I think at the start of yr 1 and is now on lime.

Best thing I did was sign up to reading chest last summer so DD kept habit of reading 'school' books every night rather than 7 weeks off. Think it was £12 a month for a couple of months. Yes she read other stuff aswell but she was excited to get books in the post she could read.

dixiechick1975 Wed 30-May-12 17:40:07

Just read your one book a week comment. I'd try and supplement that - DD got her book swapped daily on green level.

GirlsInWhiteDresses Wed 30-May-12 17:52:39

Dixiechick makes a great point but can I also plug the local library? My child found the The Trouble with Daisy range there and that triggered her interest in a way no school book had at that point.

And free!

Tgger Wed 30-May-12 18:08:32

One book a week fine, but more a week equals more practice, equals faster progress. We read most nights. They do plateau at certain points then have a leap forward IME.

FourThousandHoles Wed 30-May-12 18:09:10

I have absolutely no idea about colour bands I'm afraid, but what I can tell you is that dd1 started Y1 aged 5.2 and struggled to read Stage 2 ORT. She's now just short of 8, in Y3 and is reading Roald Dahl and Harry Potter for fun.

All it has taken is time and practice. Some children just don't get it properly until much later than others. Try library trips, swapping books with friends, books of TV characters. I really wouldn't worry too much at this stage though.

yorkshire84 Wed 30-May-12 18:15:36

DD1 started year 1 on red. Ended it on green. DD2 started on purple I think now on lime.

Lougle Wed 30-May-12 18:20:39

DD2 is coming to the end of yr R and is on a mixture of blue & yellow. So I presume she'll start Yr 1 on that level too.

TeamEdward Wed 30-May-12 18:21:01

The assessment for the Additional Literacy scheme isn't just based on reading levels - there is the encoding as well as decoding.

Lougle Wed 30-May-12 18:21:16

She's a mid August birthday.

BrittaPerry Wed 30-May-12 18:32:11

What order do they go in?

DD1 is nearly at the end of reception and has ones with orange on. They are boring as hell so we only read them once through on the night before they are due in and she reads other books at other times - I would personally prefer that she tries harder books and stumbles with the odd word than just whizzing through books she can do, but we do the school books once, just so we can show her that we are interested in her school work and monitor how she is doing compared to what the teacher is asking of her.

DD1 comes on in fits and starts too...she started learning some basic phonics really early (about 2yo) so I thought she would be reading novels before school smile , but she didn't really advance till just before school when she started being able to slowly blend words, and then she stayed at that level until one day she could I'm as baffled as anyone else - we only realised because she started commenting on things that we didn't think she could read (such as my facebook statuses when I was messing on my phone and she was watching tv blush)

Lougle Wed 30-May-12 19:02:47

Pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange, turquoise, purple, gold, white, lime.

Hulababy Wed 30-May-12 19:04:44

I work in a Y1 class. We have children currently on books ranging from red (although yellow if purely phonics based books)to white. Biggest colour group is green iirr this year.

madmum04 Wed 30-May-12 19:34:01

My little girl started year 1 on pink band and finished yr 1 on pink and red band books she struggles still but tries really hard

nicolakc Wed 30-May-12 19:53:12

my little boy still year 1, started on red and is on white but been on them since january so slowed down alot. he is a feb baby.

MirandaWest Wed 30-May-12 19:59:22

DD started Year 1 on about gold I think and is on lime now. School has some other bands above them -possibly copper and silver or something like that? A boy in her class is on the next level after lime anyway.

ruby22 Wed 30-May-12 20:08:26

Just to add that yes she brings one book home per week from school but we do read together most nights, usually fun books though such as Hairy Maclairy or tiger that came to tea, that kind of book. It would seem that the literacy scheme requires us to also read one school book per night too but as someone said they are so so dull. Very useful to have all your replies to this.

naughtymummy Wed 30-May-12 20:12:18

Ds started yr1 on level 3 (?blue). Finished on level 6( orange?l) Think he was about average. Came on leaps and bounds in year 2. reading (year3)

Runoutofideas Wed 30-May-12 20:27:29

DD1 (March b'day now yr 2) started yr 1 on Orange and finished on lime.
DD2 (Aug b'day currently reception) started only recognising her name, now on blue. Suspect she will start yr 1 on blue or green.

stopthinkingsomuch Wed 30-May-12 20:37:08

Steaming ahead in book bands doesn't mean much in my opinion. Ds is current purple but I think his phonics is awful and actually it's working against him as his main strategy is remembering words. Quite annoyed that I raised this as an issue because I knew he would start to get stuck which he has.

wyorksmum Wed 30-May-12 20:58:41

Average Progress is 3 points, most teachers would like to get 4 or more points progress at Year 1 and 4-8 points progress in Year 2
These are the Colour Levels, National Curriculum Levels and the NC points used to judge progress. Eg if your child has moved from pink to green that would be 6 points progress, well above average.
(1B is national average at the end of Y1 and 2B is national average at end of Y2)

LILAC P4,P5,P6 2-4
RED P8 6
YELLOW Level 1C 7
BLUE Level 1B 9
GREEN Level 1A 11
ORANGE Level 2C 13
PURPLE Level 2B 15
GOLD Level 2A 17
WHITE Level 3C 21
LIME Level 3B

Sorry to be so technical, but hope that helps a few people smile

Taffeta Wed 30-May-12 21:09:46

DS ( now Y3 Oct born ) ORT 5 starting, ORT 9/10/11? can't remember finishing.

DD ( currently Y1 Aug born ) started ORT 2, currently ORT 6. (orange?) Still half a term to go!

simpson Wed 30-May-12 21:26:22

Wyorksmum - that is really helpful to know re all the levels and where they are on the NC.

DS's school say they should finish on a 1A for reading at the end of yr1 although I think they have recently changed it from a 1B as DS was in yr 1 last yr and they needed a 1B then. I guess it must be to take into account the new phonics test....

redwhiteandblueeyedsusan Wed 30-May-12 21:40:47

dd was reading lime books but not achieving 3b because she has an enormous site vocabulary but not yet developed all the relevent points on the app grid to get a 3b. (nor anywhere near!) some things were there securely and other reading skills were well behind the 3b mark. it does not necessaily correspond in all cases.

r3dh3d Wed 30-May-12 21:42:36

None of it makes much sense to me, I'm afraid. DD2 (Y1, Dec born) gets a book a night and school manage this by never throwing a book away, ever, and devising their own level system so I never know where she is. Fortunately the one they sent home tonight is an ORT one, for once, so I can look it up. ORT14, though it's one of the tougher ones of the level she's on atm. At least we seem to have emerged from the Hell that is Biff, Chip & Kipper.

ladybirdlittle Wed 30-May-12 21:59:24

I teach Y1 and have a slightly different list to the one above. Here it is - of course we use other criteria to level too (comprehension etc.) My class range from yellow to lime+ at the moment. Green would be fine, on track, as long as they are able to sound out new words confidently and talk about the book.
Pink (1) W
Red (2) W
Yellow (3) 1C
Blue (4) 1C/1B
Green (5) 1B
Orange (6) 1A
Turquoise (7) 1A/2C
Purple (8) 2C/2B
Gold (9) 2B/2A
White (10) 2A
Lime (11) 3C

HerRoyalPointyness Wed 30-May-12 22:07:43

DD1 at end of Yr1: Gold
DD2 at the end of Yr1: White

I'm going by NC levels here because the school was at the time very chaotic in its reading schemes. At the moment DD1 is in Yr6 and is not on a reading scheme. DD2 is in Yr4 and is reading Pearl, is predicted a 5c in reading by the end of the year.

There was a huuuuge spread of ability at the end of Yr1, and a lot of the children who were behind the curve at that point really caught up by the end of YR2 - from what I saw a combo of good support from the school plus maturity kicking in.

In Yr1 the DDs read to me every night, these days it's mostly me reading to them ( I still do it every night) but they are voracious readers so the combo of parents/school must be doing something right.

UniS Wed 30-May-12 22:44:53

DS is 6.2 and currently reading white band, His teacher expects he will be a " free reader " by year 2 at his rate of progress. He started Y1 on red band and has rocketed up the bands since christmas. suddenly reading "clicked" for him.

He get benchmarked for reading about once a half term unless someone asks for it to happen sooner.

lockets Wed 30-May-12 22:50:54

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

uptightmama Wed 30-May-12 23:20:38

Excellent thread.
My dd 6.1 started Y1 Red band and is now a Blue/ Green band. Have been concerned about her reading level in the past, but seems this is an OK level to be. We have been doing lots of extra reading at home all year through library and Reading Chest as she rarely brings reading books home (in fact was school policy not to send reading scheme books home, but they have U-turned on that now). At school she is blue band but she is reading green ORT well to me at home and has not read to a teacher/TA at school for weeks according to dd sad

sadsac Wed 30-May-12 23:57:05

Think it varies so much.

Mine's on lime but is one of oldest in year. There are a few children who are above her level - one is a free reader. And I think there are some on red.

Some just get it sooner than others. Once they get it, they tend to very quickly progress I think. I remember mine being on pink/red for months - then sailing through the yellows/blues/greens very quickly.

Plonker Thu 31-May-12 01:29:45

How can you all remember where each of your children have started and finished?! confused

Dd1, erm, no idea
Dd2, uhm, no idea
Dd3, is finishing Reception and is ORT stage 5 (blue/green?)

<needs to pay more attention/have a better memory>

gorblimey Thu 31-May-12 10:21:04

Current yr1 dd - no bands here, just 'piles' that they work through. She is currently on a pile of Spirals and the last one she brought home was called 'Bees' so no help :-)

The last pile she was on was these:
but she was moved on.

She's a really good reader though (I think) although in a class of extremely strong readers so she is not at the top by any means.

She sits in bed reading at night and loves books so I know she'll be fine smile

gorblimey Thu 31-May-12 10:23:34

Her best friend (6) is currently reading this:

just to make you paranoid grin

SuperScribbler Thu 31-May-12 16:06:53

DS is in Reception and was 5 in December. He started school knowing only his basic phonic sounds and was given pink band books. He is now on green band books. I'm impressed with his progress so far - much better than I expected.

Ismeyes Thu 31-May-12 22:28:26

DD is June born. Started Y1 on green, about to end as a free reader.

wild Thu 31-May-12 22:29:19


wild Thu 31-May-12 22:30:32

oh she started on loam

Duckypoohs Thu 31-May-12 22:39:43

That's very helpful wyorks Mum, ds1 has just brought home his first ort book, has been on rigby star since the start of reception.

CURIOUSMIND Thu 31-May-12 22:44:11

My two children started reception from band 1(pink?),and gold band, both finished on lime by the end of y1.

upthealdi Thu 31-May-12 22:51:03

Ds1(December born) started year1 on yellow and ended on white. There was a lovely moment towards the end of the autumn term that he just "got it". It was like a switch being turned on.

CURIOUSMIND Thu 31-May-12 23:15:16

I want to point out reading is not a subject itself in the long run. Writing is.Read to learn, self teaching is life time priceless skill.

sunnyday123 Fri 01-Jun-12 06:59:07

dd nov born - started Y1 ort stage 5, now stage 8. Some in her class on stage 4 so huge range

FamiliesShareGerms Fri 01-Jun-12 07:28:34

DS started Yr 1 on gold, moved to White in .December, doubt they will move him up to jewel before the end of the year. So he has plateaued (partly because, as the TA said, he's going a "bit too fast" through the levels hmm), but he's basically a free reader at home. There is another boy in his class in the same position, and a couple of other boys and girls on gold, but there's a varied picture across the rest of the group with most around green-turquoise, and a couple on yellow / blue

Daily reading (as much as possible, don't worry if you miss the odd day here or there) is probably the single most useful thing to do with them, I think

Tgger Fri 01-Jun-12 13:17:14

It's great when they get to the stage when you can almost forget the book bands. Of course they are useful for school, for being thorough, for building confidence etc etc, but freedom comes in stepping away from them perhaps. Certainly for the parent anyway grin.

FamiliesShareGerms Fri 01-Jun-12 14:36:09

Hear, hear Tgger

Tgger Fri 01-Jun-12 19:58:15

DS in YR is just getting to this stage now. It is very liberating to not have to just read ORT Magic Key stories. Hooray!!! His reading is a little way off the "free reading" stage, I'd say he was somewhere between Purple and Gold bands, but tbh I would quite happily not read another banded book again shock. I should think for the next 6-12 months school ones will come our way which is fine but there's so much out there people, go enjoy!

Elibean Fri 01-Jun-12 20:24:50

Interesting that Reception children start on so many different levels at other schools (or some other schools). At dd's school, I think only one child escaped starting on pink level - and even she (now totally fluent on just about any level!) had to start on red.

I suppose the class teacher, who is very experienced, wants to make sure they really know their phonics and have had a thorough grounding - and afaik only one child, in a full Reception class, had been taught to read at all prior to starting. Others knew basic phonics, or, like dd2, just single letter sounds - or nothing at all.

HerRoyalPointyness Fri 01-Jun-12 21:03:21

I think in DD2's reception class everyone started on pink, and no reading books were handed out at all until half term. The teacher did say that they were taking time to thoroughly assess everyone's phonic knowledge. DD2 had done quite a lot of stuff at her nursery but benefited from having structure imposed on it all.

The other thing is that children don't progress in a nice steady manner, they do fits and starts and stops and leaps - DD2 was on red by Christmas, then did a weird leap thing and they put her up to blue by late January, then she did it again and they put her up to turquoise, which was where she ended YrR.

I have no idea where DD1 started as I deferred her entry until January and they assessed her individually - she did the leaps thing too though.

Karoleann Sat 02-Jun-12 13:05:01

DS1 was on yellow at the start of Y1 and now on orange.

DSD's on the Scottish school system, but started P2 (age 5.5) on the Lilac band/Stage 1 ORT books, having never moved on from them during P1. She then spent several months this year working through Red band Stage 1+/2 and Yellow band Stage 3. However, at age 6.25, she's now bringing home ORT Stage 5 books. DSD is also interested in the Rainbow Fairy chapter books and desperate to read these herself. I don't really know if she's actually doing that just yet, but I'm not about to stand there and tell her she isn't capable.

DSD is still a bit convinced she isn't able to read anything aloud besides ORT (which is not true, she has before), and freaks out if the writing is small or if there are too many words on a page, but I want to hand her teacher a medal anyway.

A lot of her sound work this year was reinforced by consistent weekly writing assignments, which she seemed to respond to. We also started watching some TV programmes on PBS UK to help reinforce reading and sounds, which she's enjoyed. She reads aloud just about every day to her parents in both houses, either after school or at bedtime.

BeehavingBaby Mon 04-Jun-12 15:25:03

DD (7 in September) started on Red and now brings home 3 Orange books a week (they read one band higher in school in a weekly teacher led session). We have had the same experience as a PP with non ORT books with the same colour sticker being much much harder.

WarmAndFuzzy Mon 04-Jun-12 16:39:00

I know that my DS1 was a fair way behind average in Y1 so we went out of our way to try to get him books that were reasonably easy for him to read but were more interesting than the usual school fare (think dinosaurs, spies, adventure books) and within a year he was assessed as having the reading ability of a 10.5 year old. Where there's a will, there's a way...

survivingspring Mon 04-Jun-12 20:57:07

They are obviously all way behind at dd's school as no child in her reception class is beyond a yellow level yet.

When people here say their children are 'free reading' at this age what does that mean? Have they literally moved through all the book levels and are reading fiction with lots of words and no/very few pictures on the page like Harry Potter etc? Do they understand everything they read as well as reading the words accurately?

I was thinking dd was doing well with reading but this thread is concerning me confused

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 04-Jun-12 21:07:11

Dd is on gold library. Her school seems slightly different in that they go up to purple on ort type books, then go onto purple library (which are normal books and harder than the other purple ones), then gold library. Most of the books she brings home now are rainbow fairy type stories. She has really slowed down though as couldnt read at all when she started school but ended reception on purple. She'$ only gone up two levels this year.

HerRoyalPointyness Mon 04-Jun-12 21:52:21

surviving it just means that no-one in your DD's reception class has made that leap in reading yet - it happens. My DDs were very ahead with reading at the end of YrR but by the time they hit Yr4 a lot of their peers had caught up so that their little band of readers was a bit larger than just one or two. And thank goodness for that.

I think 'free reading' is a very misleading term - DD2's school put her on 'free reading' at the end of YrR but in practice that meant she was free to choose any book from the classroom cupboards. She was off ORT but they had plenty of other scheme books (most of which were far more interesting and fun). And yes, she did start reading chapter books (the dreaded Rainbow Fairies and the Terrible Tiara Club) by the end of YrR but she really wasn't reading Dickens and Flaubert (thank goodness, I couldn't stand doing Madame Bovary again! smile).

It's just that a good school will support reading development in lots of different ways - guided reading, reading for pleasure and discussing the book with the child, reading to the children in class - they all achieve different parts of the whole that is reading.

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