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Onelittlebugbear Thu 02-Jan-14 22:15:55

Ds went into red level just before christmas - is this ok for this point of reception? He's a summer born and not particularly academic but I want him to achieve the best he can. He suddenly seems to be reading more fluently, I've really noticed his reading has come on over christmas.

Where do they expect them to be by the summer?

WillBeatJanuaryBlues Thu 09-Jan-14 10:12:48

we scraped first reading level in reception by end of it....literally with two weeks to go before end of term my DD finally started to read, very slowly and basically...over summer, she shot up in ability she is 6 and so older for her class not younger....then now, she is flying up levels in class and can read most books alone...

it will click do not worry!

ARealPickle Tue 07-Jan-14 22:49:22

I really like Songbirds at home. One "the pegs and the pins" made me laugh! I really like it and the illustrations.

Our school is fairly average I'd guess. This term has been all about the sounds and they haven't even sent proper books home as they want the to have the phonic knowledge first.

Some children will get books this week - the ones that are already fluently blending at an easy level.

The school gets really good results with reading so I really wouldn't worry, despite half of mumsnet saying their children read before they started school!

olibeansmummy Tue 07-Jan-14 22:41:52

Red band is perfectly fine smile

SapphireMoon Tue 07-Jan-14 19:17:17

I think when they are tired just reading to them best.
My ds doesn't really show massive interest in school books but loves stories being read to him [Dr Seuss at present] and will pick out the occasional word and letter as I read them. Finds them hysterical.

Onelittlebugbear Tue 07-Jan-14 19:12:10

My main stumbling block is that ds hates doing it, especially after a full day at school. It's amazing how much better he read over the holidays. Sat down to get him to read tonight and he just hasn't the focus. He's too tired.
It makes me want to tear my hair out.

SapphireMoon Tue 07-Jan-14 18:07:09

My ds still on pink/ level 1, earliest books but really interested in words and rhyme and having stories read to him etc.
Things will click when they click. Making sure they learn to love stories and words the main thing at this stage I would say.

Iwillorderthefood Tue 07-Jan-14 16:54:33

I am really glad I just found this. DD2 summer born, just struggled through a red book. I can tell her over and over again, and nothing is registering, feel like had epic fail from me today. I am unsure of she is actually learning anything at all.

simpson Fri 03-Jan-14 00:08:39

Dandelion books are really good. I am in a reception class once a week and they use them and a mixture of biff etc (but the newer phonics ones), songbirds (which are truly fab) and WRI.

ReallyTired Thu 02-Jan-14 23:48:55

Sorry my link to the Jelly and bean books didn't work.

ReallyTired Thu 02-Jan-14 23:47:33

ORT are good once the child gets to stage 4. My son really enjoyed the magic key stories.

I think that a variety of decodable books relieves the monotomy. Dd's school use danelion readers in the classroom and mostly send home Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds/ phonics books. The new Oxford Reading phonics tree books are really well designed. I am using some Ruth Miskin books as well.

Schools go up and down rapidly. A couple of years ago our primary school was good with outstanding features. A couple of key people left and the whole school collapsed academically.

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 02-Jan-14 23:33:59

far better to have phonics based books than the traditional ORT ones when they are learning the basics and the variety of stories I think is much better. It is nice to have a little continuity in some books using the same characters but my 2 have preferred the stories being stand alone really rather than always the same people. Bob Bug was their favourite, they would happily have had lots of books about him.

Even in a school with a good ofsted some of the teachers can be absolutely dreadful and it is luck of the draw if you get one of those or not.

TheNightIsDark Thu 02-Jan-14 23:21:01

Songbirds are good. Mix of illustrations, some more inventive stories than Biff, Chip etc.

With DS if he struggles with a word I get him to write it down. Seems to stick in his mind more.

Onelittlebugbear Thu 02-Jan-14 23:19:33

It was the WORST ofsted report I've ever read, bar none.
However we decided to give it a go as it will have to turn round fairly quickly. It's probably the best time to join the school and I've been happy so far.

Loads of staff have left and some more went at christmas. There are lots of new staff and a new head so fingers crossed it will now improve rapidly.

I will have a look at songbirds, I am glad that ds isn't having ort yet because I think dandelion readers are quite good even if ds thinks they are boring. They seem to be quite methodical. Will look at the Jelly and Bean books too, I've not heard of those.

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 02-Jan-14 23:19:04

I have to say Songbirds are our favourites.

ReallyTired Thu 02-Jan-14 23:18:51

In a well run school ablity tables are really flexibly in key stage 1. A school in special measures is really under the spot light and the teachers are observed by someone from county/ SMT every two weeks. It is not nice having your child's school in special measures, but at least its reception rather than year 6.

It is hard not to worry and I find I worry about dd. Its easier to compensate for poor teaching in reception than year 6. Last year we had to pay for tutor to teach my son basic English so that he would cope at secondary.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 02-Jan-14 23:18:33

ItsOk - I help out in school with reading, and this time last year there were loads of kids who couldn't read in the reception classes. They all made huge strides before the summer, the first term is so exhausting for them I think many children don't absorb much of the phonics etc until the new year.

Don't worry, he will be fine smile

TheNightIsDark Thu 02-Jan-14 23:15:54

DS is still on pink. Which bugs me because he reads level 3 at home but I'm fighting the urge to be 'that' parent.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 02-Jan-14 23:14:54

Songbirds are great, my DS1 really liked them. Also Read, Write, Inc.

OP - my DS1 was on red band books this time last year and now he's reading 2-3 years ahead of his age. It just suddenly clicks, and it sounds as if your son is finding the same - not needing to sound words etc.

Have a look in your local library as well - ours has some called Espresso Phonics which are quite fun little stories, a bit more to them than Biff, Chip etc.

Its0kToBeMe Thu 02-Jan-14 23:14:21

<relaxes a bit> grin

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 02-Jan-14 23:12:40

Isoktobeme - honestly not reading at all at this stage is perfectly normal. As I said before some schools won't even have started sending home books yet.

ReallyTired Thu 02-Jan-14 23:08:37

I think that your little boy is doing really well. He has only been in reception for a term.

We had a rubbish OFSTED but the school is full to bursting as there are too many kids in our town and not enough places.

Thats a bit of an aside. Prehaps its worth asking your child's teacher if they have some Oxford reading tree songbird books. DD has read some jelly and bean books which are a bit more interesting.

Its0kToBeMe Thu 02-Jan-14 23:08:18

My DS is in reception and can't read at all. I will have to have a chat with the teachers after the holidays.

nonicknameseemsavailable Thu 02-Jan-14 23:03:01

22 is quite a nice number - I suppose you can't blame parents for moving children but I always think Ofsted reports are a bit erm well...

I don't know Dandelion readers. The last one DD2 brought home was a rigby star guided book whatever that is (that was new to me too). I know Biff Chip and Kipper, songbirds phonics, Collins Big Cat, Read Write Inc, Usborne and lots of old schemes which our school seems to still have but not Dandelion or Rigby Star.

usernameunknown Thu 02-Jan-14 23:00:19

The same happened with my DC's school OP. Rubbish ofsted meant smaller classes which was brilliant grin

Onelittlebugbear Thu 02-Jan-14 22:51:13

The dandelion readers - apparently unit 7 equates to red book and which is where we are now.

Will have a look at Oxford Owl site, thank you. There are 22 in the class, there should have been more but the school had an abysmal ofsted and is now in special measures so quite a few parents moved their children elsewhere.

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