Year 1 reading

(43 Posts)
babysbreath Fri 05-Oct-12 16:12:05

I feel my dc is a little behind in reading, as the book they have just been moved up to is yellow. This book band seems to be 4-5 year olds, which to me is for someone in a Reception class. I do make sure that my dc reads every day.

What colour book band is your dc in year 1 on?

Also, how long each day does your dc read to you for?

I don't mean to sound patronising, but it really doesn't matter. As long as they are enjoying reading and practise every day. They go at their own pace. I thought dd was normal for reading at that age, now in yr3 she's slightly behind. Ds in yr1 however is reading better than dd ever did. But they both enjoy it and IMHO that is all that matters.

redskyatnight Fri 05-Oct-12 16:43:46

Y1 children can be anywhere between pink and free reading smile It's probably the year with the greatest variation in what is "normal". Whilst I agree with PP that it's really not worth getting hung up on book bands at such an early age, yellow is pretty "average" for this stage of Y1 at DD's school.

simpson Fri 05-Oct-12 16:52:26

I would have thought yellow level in yr1 is pretty spot on where they "should" be....

(at this point in yr1 I mean...)

whatalovelyday Fri 05-Oct-12 16:57:35

mine's on yellow too. she's young for year so I'm very happy with that. she found reading tough in reception and is really enjoying now so i'm in no hurry to get her up a band. it was a struggle to get her to read at home in reception but she's eagerly reading every day now, a book or two a day - up to twenty minutes on reading. remember reading is about so much more than the technicalities of word recognition - which they will all get eventually. it's all about comprehension and discussing ideas raised by books. Think about how some toddlers potty train at 2, others at 3, some talk at 1, others at 2 but by 4 you wouldn't know any difference. Same applies to reading I reckon.

SizzleSazz Fri 05-Oct-12 16:57:56

My DD is on Orange, but the range is from pink to turquoise. I know this as i volunteer to listen to them reading, not because i go rifling through book bags grin

I would say there are most Y1's (in DDs class on blue/green) but as Stacey said, and in my experience they all go at their own pace and will have sudden 'spurts'

If you do feel your DC is falling behind their potential then you need to go and see the teacher.

My DD reads one school book after school and one library book or chapter of a library book at bedtime.

Bongaloo Fri 05-Oct-12 16:59:15

"they have just been moved up"?
How many DCs in they?
Is it a small group/whole class?

Elibean Fri 05-Oct-12 18:01:20

dd2's Y1 class: red ( a few) to free reading (one)

There are several children on Yellow, some of whom were actually on Blue but needed to take a step back after the long holidays, to re-gain confidence and enthusiasm. Some parents have asked for their child to go down a level for a bit, in order to not push them too hard when reluctant at start of year.

The content of Yellow level books does seem to be rather young - but then, stories don't get very interesting until later on IMO! Some better than others, all the same.

dd2 reads for 5-15 mins depending on her own enthusiasm, and not at all one or two nights when busy with other things/tired.

Elibean Fri 05-Oct-12 18:03:10

ps she has just been moved to Turquoise, if that makes any difference - tbh, having watched my older child's class move in fits and starts with reading, then all (bar one, who was diagnosed dyslexic in Y3 and is now having help) move ahead and catch up with each other - I'm not sure it does smile

marytuda Fri 05-Oct-12 18:18:15

I volunteer read in my son's Y1 class & am struck by the variation not only of technical ability but general approach to books and what they're for - there's the brilliant boy whipping through advanced books on his own, but strangely reluctant to discuss what he's reading, either the story or any of its implications; he sees the reading book as a test-text on which he aims for technical perfection. And then there's the girl whose grasp of phonics is still pretty ropey and struggles to sound out the simplest words unaided, yet loves the book she's chosen (they all choose within their book band) and will chat about it and related subjects till the end of the lesson if I let her. I wouldn't be at all surprised if she ends up the best reader of the two in the end . . .

Iamnotminterested Fri 05-Oct-12 18:49:30

Marytuda - I think you would be absolutely spot on in your hypothesis. Totally.

whatalovelyday Fri 05-Oct-12 18:56:23

yes, i agree with marytuda!

Fuzzymum1 Fri 05-Oct-12 20:05:33

I read with year one at DS3s school. More than half of them are on pink, red or yellow. They range from pink to gold so a massive difference.

sittinginthesun Fri 05-Oct-12 20:12:24

Agree with marytuda!

A love of books is the key, whether they are reading themselves, or having books read to them.

Also, reading is like every other milestone they hit. Something has to click, and it's not a steady curve. A child can take a while to get going, then zoom ahead. Others can start very far advanced, and get "stuck" at a certain level for ages.

Btw, I read for around ten mins per day with DS2 (year 1), longer if he's into the book.

EverybodysCryEyed Fri 05-Oct-12 20:23:56

DS is year 1 and is on green (stage 5). He reads me his book every night (they are the ORT ones so only 24 pages) and it takes him 5 mins. Sometimes he chooses to read me something else. He gets a different book every night.

I also read to him as much as he wants. He loves books and this is something I want to nurture.

In his class there are kids reading level 3 and kids free reading. Like everyone said, it is irrelevant where they are, the key is that they understand and are confidence.

DD's class ranges from pink (2 or 3) through to free reader (DD blush). Most are around blue level, can't remember how that compares to yellow though.

DD reads to DH or me for about 10 minutes a night, the school's home readers on 2 or 3 nights a week, her own stuff the other nights. She also reads to herself, quite a lot depending on what library books she's got available and her mood.

Iamnotminterested Fri 05-Oct-12 21:22:59

RueDeWakening- stealth blush?


yellowsun Fri 05-Oct-12 22:15:40

The age related expectations for end of year 1 are a 1a (orange/turquoise) so yellow (1c) at the beginning of year 1 is spot on.

babysbreath Sat 06-Oct-12 08:08:08


Thank you for taking the time to reply, all your comments are much appreciated.

I have feel much better now.

mrz Sat 06-Oct-12 08:17:52

1a at the end of Y1 must be your school's expectation yellowsun.

yellowsun Sat 06-Oct-12 09:00:22

Well as the government expect 2b by the end of year 2, that makes perfect sense, does it not? Have never heard of a different ARE so perhaps it is u

yellowsun Sat 06-Oct-12 09:00:49


...your school that is unusual.

mrz Sat 06-Oct-12 09:07:58

Yes yellowsun the government say the expected level for MOST children by the end of KS1 is 2B nothing about a 1a in KS1.

^"We find the DCSF‟s 2007 advice confusing and have preferred to stick with the common sense view that a target of Level 2B at the end of year 2, implies that pupils need to make one level of progress each year (in line with the DCSF‟s 2006 advice).
This means that pupils are expected to reach FSP 6 (equivalent to NC points 3) at the end of Reception and are then expected to make 6 points progress (one level) to NC level 1B at the end of Year 1 and a further 6 points progress to NC level 2B by the end of Key Stage One."^

mrz Sat 06-Oct-12 09:13:45

We find the DCSF‟s 2007 advice confusing and have preferred to stick with the common sense view that a target of Level 2B at the end of year 2, implies that pupils need to make one level of progress each year (in line with the DCSF‟s 2006 advice). This means that pupils are expected to reach FSP 6 (equivalent to NC points 3) at the end of Reception and are then expected to make 6 points progress (one level) to NC level 1B at the end of Year 1 and a further 6 points progress to NC level 2B by the end of Key Stage One.

Points progress is the system used by the Government's Raise On line system in case you aren't familiar with it yellowsun.

Eggrules Sat 06-Oct-12 11:23:52

Don't know colours, DS is on book band 8. We read three of these a week and it takes up to 30 mins, cover to cover. He raced through the book bands in the last Summer Term of YR and his progress has now slowed down. Reading is only one aspect, he hates writing and struggles with letter formation.

book band seems to be 4-5 year olds, which to me is for someone in a Reception class. Year 1 is only four weeks old, so that sounds fine to me.

yellowsun Sat 06-Oct-12 13:00:28

Why the patronising tone? This is the expectation we have had from both LA and ofsted so perfectly 'common sense'.

2cats2many Sat 06-Oct-12 13:03:39

I no idea what level my dd is on. She seems to come home with different level books from different reading schemes every week. Sometimes she might come home with a very 'easy' book, but I think that's because the teacher wants to consolidate practice they might have done in class of ax particular sound.

I try not to get Hung up on it. She's clearly progressing and is enjoying it, so all is good.

mrz Sat 06-Oct-12 13:53:49

Patronising ? did you read your post? What I posted is quoted (which is why it had speech marks in the original post) so perhaps you should as the government why they are patronising you... yellowsun

1A isn't the National expectation for Y1 and in fact if a child leaves Y1 at level 1A they should be level 2A at the end of KS1 (1 full level progress per year in KS1 is the expectation)

Wobblypig Sat 06-Oct-12 20:10:23

Ds was on gold at end of reception but they now give home books that do not appear to be colour banded but not a free-reader.
Dd who will start school Next year I think will struggle much more but I am prepared for this and will try to let her go at her own pace regardless of national expectations.

Rosebud05 Sat 06-Oct-12 20:24:51

So does that mean there's no 'expectation' for the end of Y1, but schools generally feel on track if most of their pupils are at least 1b by then?

mrz Sun 07-Oct-12 13:08:00

Exactly Rosebud, there are no official expectations for children in Y1 only for end of Key Stages

Rosebud05 Sun 07-Oct-12 14:13:14

Thanks, the mystery of 'levels' is beginning to make sense to me now.

Just in time for the system to change, I expect.

mrz Sun 07-Oct-12 14:15:50

The government announced they plan to scrap levels ...but watch this space

Elibean Sun 07-Oct-12 15:58:47

Really? Oooh, I will watch this space....scrap all levels, or just for KS1 please mrz?

mrz Sun 07-Oct-12 16:26:35
youonlysingwhenyourewinning Sun 07-Oct-12 16:41:06

I'm always amazed at how people know what other children are on in their child's class, other than those who listen to them read. I wouldn't have a clue.

Dd has been bringing home stage 6 ORT, green band 'big cat' and this week, yellow band 'big cat'. She finds the higher level books quite difficult and the lower level books easy. So she's somewhere in the middle, I think.

teacherwith2kids Sun 07-Oct-12 16:43:59

Likke Mrz's school we aim for a full NC level per year in KS1 in all subjects, so 1b at end Year 1 and 2b at the end of Year 2 [though of course that implies some link between end of Reception EYFS levels and a '1 level below 1b' which of course doesn't exist...ho hum.] And as 'average' children seem to be as rare as hen's teeth, anything between a 1c (or less) and a 2c (or more) frequently comes out on track for 2b or more at the end of Year 2!

sazale Sun 07-Oct-12 17:51:05

My DS 5 (year 1) is on pink level but he can't really read them. I've been told that he's going to be measured on p levels and won't be included in year 2 SATS. Is this correct that some children aren't included? (Sorry for hijacking OP).

mrz Sun 07-Oct-12 18:05:18

He will be included in the SATs but not take any of the tests.

sazale Sun 07-Oct-12 18:10:04

Thanks mrz. Is there a certain level a child needs to be above to take the tests?

BieneMaja Sun 07-Oct-12 18:30:46

DDs school havent mentioned these levels at all. Nothing about what level DD is on or what she is expected to achieve.

So is an Orange/Turquoise bookband about what they are aiming at for end of year 1?

mrz Sun 07-Oct-12 19:24:49

All children working at level 1 or above have to do a task or test

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