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Could the average Reception age child read this passage?

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Avocadoes Thu 03-Feb-11 12:52:25

"I want to go to Lily's party. I will go on the bus, then I will walk. There will be cake and lots of fun. Do you want to come too?"

My DD is nearly 4 and a half and her reading has just been assessed (by school) using the passage above.

I am just interested in whether most Reception kids would be able to read all the words in that passage and do so without halting to figure out each individual word.

IngridFletcher Thu 03-Feb-11 12:53:19


mummyplonk Thu 03-Feb-11 12:55:11

No way my 4 1/2 yr old would have got "I" & "to" on his own nothing else.

Iklboo Thu 03-Feb-11 12:55:13

DS would be able to read it - eventually. He'd struggle on 'walk' at first. He's 5.

ThaliaKeith Thu 03-Feb-11 12:55:44

DD could read it. Not sure she is an average reception child though.

Most of the children in her class (I volunteer and listen to reading once a week) wouldn't be able to read it. Although quite a few only started at school a few weeks ago.

Seems an odd way to assess although was it the same passage for everyone?

ThaliaKeith Thu 03-Feb-11 12:56:31

DD was 5 in September - she wouldn't have been able to do it at 4.5 although she wasn't at school then.

TheVisitor Thu 03-Feb-11 12:56:55

Absolutely not.

LaCerbiatta Thu 03-Feb-11 12:57:36

My dd is in reception (she was 5 in November). She would not be able on her own to read the words: Lily, want, there, party and cake. She probably would manage with our help.

I hope this is average and there won't be lots of mums saying their dcs can easily read that and more!....

BerryLellow Thu 03-Feb-11 12:57:47

DS wouldn't be able to (5.2) He could sound it all out, but not just read it.

seeker Thu 03-Feb-11 12:57:47


mamasmissionimpossible Thu 03-Feb-11 12:58:16

No, my ds is 5 and couldn't read that. Should he be able to? <mild panic>

seeker Thu 03-Feb-11 12:58:36

But the average mumsnet reception child could. And probably translate it into Latin too!!!!!!

FoghornLeghorn Thu 03-Feb-11 12:59:33

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caffeinated Thu 03-Feb-11 13:00:54

All but 5 words he would.

sethstarkaddersmackerel Thu 03-Feb-11 13:02:51

no, definitely not.

camerondiazepam Thu 03-Feb-11 13:03:13

My DD is 4.5 and she could read each word but would probably have to stop for some of them.

But that's kind of irrelevant - the point of assessment should be that most children can't do all of it, then they can assess how much of it the children can do. If they can all read all of it, then nothing's been assessed, IYSWIM. Don't stress about it.

[Not-a-teacher-so-slightly-making-it-up emoticon]

JemimaMop Thu 03-Feb-11 13:05:05

DS2 certainly would have been able to. DS1 certainly wouldn't have been able to. DD (who is 4 and in Reception) probably could read most of it but not without hesitating to work the words out.

sadiesadiemarriedlady Thu 03-Feb-11 13:07:37


dixiechick1975 Thu 03-Feb-11 13:08:22

It does contain a lot of the words off the list DD has been given to learn - I, no, go, into etc.

DD was 5 two weeks ago could read half maybe? But would include sounding out.

lovecheese Thu 03-Feb-11 13:10:53

DD1 no, DD2 yes

coldtits Thu 03-Feb-11 13:13:05

No. Ds2 is bog standard and could not real that.

wannaBe Thu 03-Feb-11 13:13:18

I think the most important thing to remember is that reading is not a contest, and that all children develop at their own individual rates.

And that an average is just that, an average. meaning that some children will be able to read it, and some won't. And some of the ones that can't might know some of their times tables already while the majority don't. And that some will be able to play a sport/musical instrument already, and some won't.

At this age they are just starting out, I wouldn't personally start to be concerned about a child's reading until they got to y1, but even then it often takes time to click. By the time they get to y3 (like my ds) you'll have forgotten all about what they could read in reception.

FiveFeetTwo Thu 03-Feb-11 13:14:32

Yes (5.2) but with lots of sounding out on the way.

tigercametotea Thu 03-Feb-11 13:15:23

Not most Reception children.

MarshaBrady Thu 03-Feb-11 13:16:28

The average one, at this stage of the reception year, not quite.

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