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how much can your year 1 child read?

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kandifloss Mon 19-Sep-11 17:05:51

we have just spent an hour trying to get through his reading book Pepper's Adventure (band 5) and has really struggled. Many of the words learnt during reception seem to have gone out of the window and although he can string sounds together to make a word, he is struggling with many. Should I be worried? We're into week 3 of year 1. thanks

Technoprisoners Mon 19-Sep-11 17:11:29

Try reading the page to him first, then letting him read back to you - sometimes helps to get them back into the swing of things. TBH I think spending an hour on it is far too long - give it 15 mins max tomorrow then stop and do something else if he's still struggling.

TheBolter Mon 19-Sep-11 17:14:21

What colour is band 5?

Dd2, Y1, is on green band of ORT, seems to be reading some quite complex words and reasonably long stories. But her 'performance' varies if she's overtired and not focussed.

TheBolter Mon 19-Sep-11 17:17:28

I think band 5 is the same as dd2. Believe me, your ds is doing fine to be at that level. I don;t think there are any others in dd2's class who have exceded that yet (except one, who is practically a prodigy, and could read fluently before he even started school!).

Dd1 was on blue band (stage 4) at this level but caught up amazingly quickly in Y1 - she's just flown through her SATs and joins Y4 for letters and sounds lessons.

So fear not.

Imnotaslimjim Mon 19-Sep-11 17:18:06

DS is on red band of ORT. They did move him up to yellow but he struggled and threw his book at his teacher got frustrated so they've moved him back down to red temporarily. He's doing well on it, so we're leaving him there for now to build his confidence up

If its taking a DC an hour to get through an ORT book, they're struggling too much and you might want to consider moving them down a level

TheBolter Mon 19-Sep-11 17:20:56

Agree - sounds like your ds might be happier to go back down to level four for a short while just to build his confidence back up.

2BoysTooLoud Mon 19-Sep-11 17:24:56

Do you have to do a book in one evening? An hour is far too long and he may get put off reading. To get him back into the flow maybe you read one page and DS the next. Helps them get expression/ story voice too.

rebl Mon 19-Sep-11 17:34:45

I would ask to go down a level for a bit to get his confidence back up. There is wide range of reading in yr 1. My dd is reading the top level books (don't know the colour band as her school don't band them but I know she's not far from free reading). My ds is still on pink and definatly not reading to move on.

LillianGish Mon 19-Sep-11 17:35:41

I read this thread title as how much can your 1-year-old child read and was about to post something sarcastic along the lines of: just finished Ulysses about to start on Finnegan's wake - clearly I need to learn to read myself blush.

kandifloss Mon 19-Sep-11 17:44:55

thanks ladies, I had to stop, over an hour and agree was too long, I was starting to lose it.. will put a note in his book and speak to the teacher tomorrow about going down a level.

Thing is they only started sending home reading books last week so still early days and this is only his 3rd reading book home (yes one a day) first one was a breeze, Friday's harder but managed but today's was just too much. I worry as he's one of the youngest in the class and only had 2 terms of reception due to staggered intakes last year. He had a book a day during reception too but we got through them within 15 minutes max, tonight's book has traumatized me and possibly ds. Thanks again.

kandifloss Mon 19-Sep-11 18:00:40

OK always a reason, ds just announced that he asked his teacher for a harder book today!!!! blush blush blush lesson learnt on his part I think...

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