y1 teacher said dc is behind the class. we are reading songbirds level 3 at home and the books we get home from school are blue band (?) teacher also said something about levels 7-9 (but where do those fit in?) and most importantly, where should dc be at and hat can we do? I'm a bit clueless about it all...
Well tbh she shouldn't have told you that and not gone on to explain just exactly where she thinks the weaknesses lie. Blue is about level 3-4 so it is what most of the ort charts class as yr one reading but there will be children on red and children all the way up to gold/white/lime.
Where do you feel he struggles? How is his phonics grasp?
thanks it's ever so confusing to me. school uses 'nelson books' and on their chart it says blue is level 9-11 his phonics are fine, I think (no clue really), he can decipher unfamiliar words (like 'terrifying' on a movie poster at the bus stop today ), sometimes has trouble with combined words. I don't know if he's just behind his peers or behind what he should be at his age...
if the blue books he are bringing home are Oxford REading Tree blue books then they will be Book band 3/yellow which is the same level as the songbirds phonics you are reading with him.
It is possibly a little behind where they would hope they would be at this stage in Yr1 but at that age whether he is young in the year can make a big difference to what should be expected.
She may well have said something about some of the others in the class being levels 7-9 but that isn't the norm for year 1 I don't personally believe. He could be in a class of children who are all autumn birthdays, all just happen to have 'got' reading etc. Where they are in comparison to him isn't really relevant, where he is in relation to so called national expectations is relevant and http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/oxfordreadingtree/chart/ this shows ages for levels which gives more idea I think.
What can you do about it? practice really. thats about it. Is he confident on his phonics? and if so how confident is he with blending them? I think if he is struggling then you could recap them with him, you are doing songbirds phonics which I personally like so they will be helping but make sure he is confident on the ones you have already done too. doesn't mean you have to read them all again, just pick odd pages and check with him that he can do some of the words. then build from there.
have you tried getting him to read just a normal storybook? sounding out words and using what he knows already? obviously a relatively simple one to start with but if he can work out words like terrifying then he may be better than it appears and it could be he isn't demonstrating it, it could be he is bored stupid of easy books (been there, had that with my daughter, it was too easy so she deliberately read it in a monotone or incredibly badly)
Just expose him to as many books as possible. Choose a wide range of books and read them together. It will click don't worry. And boredom could be a huge factor. No pressure, no stress just read for fun whatever he wants. Reading is reading and it will give him confidence.
I would probably just sit with him then and read whatever it is you would normally read to him, follow the words as you read them with a finger and get him to read alongside you. keep his interest in reading, that is the most important thing IMO.