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Question for teachers on school reading book

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nowayhosay Fri 10-Jun-11 14:42:16

ds has brought home a New Way book called A cat for Tim. Just has orange on back.

Do you know what reading level this is please?

SophieJo Fri 10-Jun-11 16:14:30

Why do you want to know?

nowayhosay Fri 10-Jun-11 17:53:02

for information sophiejo. ds asked me and I said would find out. Are you a primary teacher ?

Mum2be79 Fri 10-Jun-11 18:10:08

If it is orange related to the book band system, it is approximately an early Y2 book which means working in level 2.
Book bands are as follows:
pink and red (YR)
yellow, blue & green (Y1)
orange, turquoise, purple, gold, white - can't remember after that off top of head (Y2)
These are an approximation and some guided reading books colours may not follow the book banding scheme as such.

nowayhosay Fri 10-Jun-11 18:16:19

thanks for that mum2be79

mycatoscar Fri 10-Jun-11 18:18:35

i am a priamry teacher - if you give me an example of what is on a page i can give you an approx age/year group/book band

nowayhosay Fri 10-Jun-11 18:38:43


"No", said Mum, "but we're going to look for one now. We have to go to the R.S.P.C.A."
"What's that?" Carol asked.
"It's the striped cat shop," said Andrew.
"Not quite," said Mum. "It's the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The people there sometimes look after stray animals. There are some kittens at our local branch. If we go now, we can look at the kittens and maybe choose one."

mrz Fri 10-Jun-11 18:40:55

It is orange book band so level 6. It's approx NC level 1b/a so Y1 not Y2.

mycatoscar Fri 10-Jun-11 18:57:26

yep sounds about right mrz

maizieD Fri 10-Jun-11 23:53:46

Blimey, I've got Y7s who couldn't read that...

IndigoBell Sat 11-Jun-11 07:04:52

Maizie - sad. Do you mean kids starting Y7, or kids who are almost at the end of Y7?

mrz Sat 11-Jun-11 08:39:22

Blimey, Maizie I expect most of my reception to read that ...

coccyx Sat 11-Jun-11 09:29:19

year 7?????? surely not

nowayhosay Sun 12-Jun-11 19:37:54

Are you sure about this? He's been on level 10 / 11 all term so strange to go backwards to a level 6 unless there's something they particularly want him to concentrate on. It's a very old book so maybe the levels have changed or something confused

mycatoscar Mon 13-Jun-11 07:53:03

Just rethought this and just because it is an orange coloured book it doesnt neccesarily mean it is an orange book band book. Alot of our new way books are way way older than the book band system.

If it is a similar difficulty level to the others he has been reading then I would guess it's been banded to be in that level. If he has found it far too easy then speak to the teacher

nowayhosay Mon 13-Jun-11 09:33:48

Back cover: what looks like playing cards in different colours fanned out with last one orange

does this help?

mrz Mon 13-Jun-11 18:10:48

The book is definitely listed in the Book Banding lists as being orange level

seeker Mon 13-Jun-11 18:14:33

Just read the book and send it back. It honestlly doesn't matter!

tinytalker Mon 13-Jun-11 18:26:10

Just what I was thinking seeker! hmm

fairydoll Mon 13-Jun-11 18:44:42

I don't think the new way books follow the book band colours though do White level is the lowest

mrz Mon 13-Jun-11 19:00:10

The Book Banding for guided reading publication (Institute of Education) lists all published schemes and many non scheme books into reading bands - the book is orange band

New Way Series: A Cat Called Tim Orange Level by Ann Oates, David Dowland and Joyce Smith

mycatoscar Tue 14-Jun-11 07:42:03

agree with whoever said to read it and send it back. If your son found it way too easy then write that in his reading record.

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