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blibblibs Thu 01-May-14 18:01:30

My DS came home with a reading book yesterday and he loved it. Really excited reading, very proud of himself doing character voices and pausing in the correct manner etc.

The book was The Gruffalo.

Can someone tell me what sort of level this is, what age you would expect to be reading it and books that are of a similar level so I can get some more as he had such fun reading it


harryhausen Thu 01-May-14 18:07:11

I'm not a teacher but work in children's book publishing. The Gruffalo is not formally levelled at an age, however it's loosely targeted between 4 and 6 - but this will be for story, language and general feel too.

My ds6 is in Y2. He still loves the Gruffalo. His reading level is currently a 2b.

harryhausen Thu 01-May-14 18:11:42

If you want something very similar then try more Julia Donaldson - Room on the Broom is my favourite closely followed by Stick Man.

addictedtosugar Thu 01-May-14 18:20:32

Julia Donaldson does loads of books.
Stick man, gruffalo and the gruffalo's child are big hits here.
I thought they were aimed for parents to read to kids tho.

I like Tiddler.

I couldn't possibly put an age on it tho. My 3 year old could probably "read" it word for word from memory. He doesn't know his letter sounds yet.

mrz Thu 01-May-14 18:22:39

The Gruffalo is Level 2

blibblibs Thu 01-May-14 18:33:02

Thank you, now next question if you'd be so kind, What is level 2?

I've heard of a coloured level but the number one is beyond me confused

I've checked the book and DD and there is nothing on them, seems the school don't want us to know grin

mrz Thu 01-May-14 18:43:06

National Curriculum level 2 roughly purple book band

simpson Thu 01-May-14 19:58:51

My DC school have it levelled at stage 9.

simpson Thu 01-May-14 20:00:31

Level 2 (National Curriculum) is where a child is expected to be at the end of yr2. A 2B (so mid way through level 2 which goes 2C, 2B then 2A).

MrsKCastle Thu 01-May-14 20:26:12

That's interesting mrz. DD1 was able to read the Gruffalo easily a year ago, yet her school had her down as a 1b just before Christmas. What level would you say for simple chapter books (e.g. rainbow fairies) with good understanding?

(Sorry for thread hijack OP!)

mrz Thu 01-May-14 20:51:06

The content is probably level 2 but would require greater stamina

allyfe Thu 01-May-14 20:59:56

Wow! I think I may now understand these levels!!! So is it simply Level 1c, b & a are where children are 'expected' to be during Term 1, Term 2 & Term 3 of year 1? And then the same for Level 2 etc. up to far do they go up? So, level 11 would be GCSE level? Is that right? (and apologies for it not being relevant to the thread).

mrz Thu 01-May-14 21:10:24

I'm afraid not allyfe

Children are expected to be level 2 at the end of KS1 (Year 2 age 7) level 4 by the end of KS2 (Year 6 age 11) and level 5/6 by the end of KS3 (Year 9 age 14)

allyfe Thu 01-May-14 21:16:27

Blast. Oh well, at least up to Level 2 my theory works. I've got a few years to go before I need to worry about the other levels. But it does make more sense when people are asking about grammar school type levels. Thanks Mrz smile

mrz Thu 01-May-14 21:18:52

You don't need to worry they won't exist next year allyfe grin

blibblibs Thu 01-May-14 21:26:30

Thank you mrz, just when I thought I had it in my head you've burst my bubble with your last statement grin

But I now know DS is perfectly average and I'm perfectly happy with that smile

MrsKCastle Thu 01-May-14 21:52:39

Thanks mrz. That fits with my thoughts.

simpson Thu 01-May-14 22:48:10

When DD was reading RMF books she was a 2B.

Mashabell Fri 02-May-14 08:08:31

When it comes to reading at home, u should be interested only in
what the book is about and if your dc is interested in reading it, not the stupid levels.

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