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Which 'Read at home' level is your Reception child on at this point?

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WiganKebab Thu 07-Feb-13 22:05:22

Mine is on 1+, but I wondered if there was a benchmark of roughly where she should be around now?

barristermum Thu 07-Feb-13 22:08:29

Hugely variable looking at my daughter's class. She's on level 4 but plenty in her class on 1+. Think a lot depends on how old they are in class (she's jan b'day) and what level of early years input prior to school - mine had been in nursery.

toffeefee Thu 07-Feb-13 22:09:46

I sometimes go in to help at DD's school and read with the reception children. To be honest there is such a huge variation with some that can read fluently and some that are still learning sounds and letter recognition. I really really wouldn't worry about what level your DC is on.

barristermum Thu 07-Feb-13 22:11:05

I used to like the kerrygold and assumed they stopped doing it as it disappeared from all my supermarkets (budgens, tesco, sainsburys and waitrose so pretty comprehensive list). Where'd you get it?

WiganKebab Thu 07-Feb-13 22:11:16

Thankyou both. When does it start to even out a bit, toffee?

WiganKebab Thu 07-Feb-13 22:12:04

Are you lost barrister? Lol wink

barristermum Thu 07-Feb-13 22:12:17

Oops. Posted one reply on wrong thread - obviously! shock

plainjayne123 Thu 07-Feb-13 22:14:17

No one has reading levels in reception at our school, just phonics groups

barristermum Thu 07-Feb-13 22:14:21

Tho if either of you buy kerrygold spreadable the question still stands...grin

givemeaclue Thu 07-Feb-13 22:17:02

I have two in reception, one on level 6 and one on level 2. Both enjoy reading and books and are making good progress. One has just picked it up quicker, neither could read before starting school. I read with them both every day.

bumpertobumper Thu 07-Feb-13 22:20:34

mine is 1+ too. I am pleased with his progress, he has definitely got the concept and knows the letters/sounds.
Talking to a friend who's reception DS gets quite a lot of homework (!) i realise that they are not being pushed very fast at our school, but I like that as he is enjoying learning and it isn't a chore, as it shouldn't be at this age.

learnandsay Thu 07-Feb-13 22:31:54

Mine is reading all the stuff they forgot to throw away in the 1970s.

givemeaclue Thu 07-Feb-13 22:34:06

Exactly bumper, I wouldn't worry about levels at all Wigan. If you think about what your child can do now compared to when started school, I bet she has made loads of progress

givemeaclue Thu 07-Feb-13 22:35:27

Some of the books are dire though...particularly boring one yesterday <stifles yawn>

learnandsay Thu 07-Feb-13 22:51:44

It's a case of quantity not quality. But hopefully the child should be able to whiz through them.

simpson Thu 07-Feb-13 22:54:07

My DS at this stage when he was in reception had not even been given a reading book but still finished in ORT 5 (he is yr3 now).

DD is in reception and has a mixture of gold/white books but most of her class are on red. There is one other boy who is on green (who DD does guided reading with).

ThisIsMummyPig Thu 07-Feb-13 22:56:02

Not even sure they are on bands - at the momen they are all about one word (a chair, a cup, a table, my sock, my shoe, I like toast, I like jam etc) that would be three seperate books.

Jan baby, not particularly bright

louisianablue2000 Thu 07-Feb-13 23:42:42

DD1 on level 2, December birthday, just had parent's evening and teacher very complimentary about her progress. dhe couldn't read in September, but had done some Jolly Phonics (just the basic letters) at nursery.

sunnyday123 Fri 08-Feb-13 07:09:06

Dd2 is just about to start level 3. Not sure about her friends. Her teacher has always said they aim to end reception on stage 4. Dd1 was on the same stage this point of reception. However dd2 started stage 2 from the start in oct.

i think it depends how they run the scheme, in dds class, they read all 18 books of each stage before moving up (unless they show real improvement) as they go more on understanding the text rather than reading the words. Obviously this takes longer on only 2 books per week.

mrz Fri 08-Feb-13 07:41:17

Reception children can be anywhere between pink and white level at this point all are perfectly normal

learnandsay Fri 08-Feb-13 09:26:40

I suspect that for some mums who get their children to do a lot of reading at home or in the library and let their children read anything regardless of how it has been written then they might see a divergence between what the child is capable of reading and what the school provides. But I'm not sure to what extent that matters. If the child can read Dickens but is reading pink books it probably matters quite a bit. But if the child is reading books somewhere in the middle of the scheme and is reading Winnie the Pooh and 101 Dalmations, probably not so much.

survivingwinter Fri 08-Feb-13 09:27:12

Really mrz - is white normal for reception?!

learnandsay Fri 08-Feb-13 09:30:23

simpson's daughter is reading white books in Reception. It probably depends on how proactive the school is. I expect that there are schools which have no white readers in Reception and some who have never had any.

MrsMelons Fri 08-Feb-13 11:49:10

My DS2 is on level 2 ORT equiv to red I believe (is that what you mean?). DS1 was on ORT level 10 (white level)half way through YR and started on Level 7 so I think there can be a huge difference. I am really happy with DS2's progress but I wouldn't be concerned if he wasn't reading at all at this stage.

I am not sure it is that usual to have Y2 level readers in YR but it really can vary. DS1s year group had 5 children between purple and white level part way through which is great out of just 32 children but in the following YR class the top group were green/orange (stage 5/6).

gabsid Fri 08-Feb-13 12:15:46

Hm, I thought YR was there to introduce DC to school life, not to push their reading?

I can only assume that white level readers in YR are either those few how are natural early readers who are keen to read early because that's what they see at home and are encouraged or those who have been pushed by the parents.

Otherwise I thought in YR DC learn letters and sound with jolly phonics, start blending them ... and for some it just falls into place and they progress quicker (mostly the older ones I assume) and others take a bit longer, whereas most will get there before long.

So I don't think it makes any sense comparing YR children as some are just about 4 yo and others are over 5.

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