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Is yellow band at this point in reception behind?

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Snowcherriesfromfrance Wed 04-Jun-14 09:19:05

I thought it was pretty average - summer born ds has been yellow band since Easter but my friend said she thinks that yellow band (so stage 3) is behind.

If yellow band = 1c then that puts them on target to be a level 2 reader in year 2. Or am I wrong? Ds's comprehension is way ahead of his actual ability to decode words so no worries there.

Northlondonma Wed 04-Jun-14 09:21:44

My end of August is also on yellow but there are many kids in her class on pink and red so I think that yellow is great at this stage .. I think they are expected to be on yellow books by the end of reception.

nonicknameseemsavailable Wed 04-Jun-14 09:51:14

well assuming a school is using yellow as band 3 then no that isn't behind in reception at this stage. I think schools like to try and get them to band 3 or 4 for the start of yr1 but many children will still be on red or in some cases pink (whilst others will be way beyond that).

yellow is fine and shows that he is learning what he should be.

LittleMissGreen Wed 04-Jun-14 09:57:18

yellow band looks fine to me. Assuming that as there are meant to be 3 bands for 4-5 year olds, that the 3rd one equates to end of reception.
Disclaimer: I am a working parent and have no knowledge what book bands anybody elses children in the class are actually on.

diamondage Wed 04-Jun-14 10:03:59

This chart shows very clearly that yellow / stage 3 is not behind, although is does not show the actual spread found in any given reception class, which can be vast.

Some years a reception class might end mostly on pink / red, other years many children will get to green and some well beyond that.

Some schools insist that a child reads every book in a stage so children's levels end up much less spaced out than a class that allows children to take a book home every night and jump bands following assessments done on a regular basis.

There are a lot of variables, but which ever way you look at it your friend is incorrect.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Wed 04-Jun-14 10:23:09

Yellow band is good I think. Good chance that he'll be on blue by end reception / start Y1 which is very good. Is it a very high achieving class? That can sometimes distort what is a normal, especially if a lot of the children are older in the year.

nilbyname Wed 04-Jun-14 10:31:46

Yellow is fine, in my DS class some are-

Pink- just a few
Red- i would say about a third
yellow- about a third or so
blue- a few
green- a couple

And I know this as the teacher told me. Without mentioning names, of course. I just wanted to see where DS fitted in with the peers of his class.

ShanghaiDiva Wed 04-Jun-14 10:36:25

Yellow is fine. I read with years one and two and some start year one on pink or red. Think the highest ban I have seen for starting year one is green. I have been reading with years one and two for over 5 years and it's amazing how much progress can be made in a year e.g pink to turquoise In year one.

DeepThought Wed 04-Jun-14 10:37:38

Top tip - deflect questions from peers' parents, answer vaguely, non specific stuff or they'll do your heid in!

And, what they all said ^ ^ ^

Busymumto3dc Wed 04-Jun-14 10:38:28

My summer born reception child is currently on green

However his brother a winter born only started year 1 on yellow and is only on orange now

I expect my summer born will likely start year 1 on orange

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Wed 04-Jun-14 10:59:38

I think Nilby's proportions seem roughly right for my DD's class last year. There were a couple of "outliers" on much higher bands (gold / white maybe?) but they were both Autumn born and could read when they started school so your friend would be wrong to regard a child on yellow band as being behind just because they were behind a couple of (v unusual) v high achievers.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Wed 04-Jun-14 11:01:41

The spread of bookbands by the end of the year can be huge. Anything from pink to lime and beyond. But yellow by the end of the school year is by no means behind. He may even move up between now and then.

BlackeyedSusan Wed 04-Jun-14 11:16:15

depends. ds is still on red in year 1. we are not playing the game and chugging through reading books that were too hard/not phonic based/now too easy.

both made slow progress to yellow then made rapid progress before slowing down later. dd sped through to white band ten quickly and then sat there for ages. ds sped through to band five and is now happily reading about there, despite what school say.

think of it as your four year old is reading yellow band books. time shift abit and imagine he was a four year old in nursery getting ready to start reception next month say, same age, different context, different perception.

Xihha Wed 04-Jun-14 11:25:07

DDs school aim for yellow by the start of summer term in reception so I think it's about average.

simpson Wed 04-Jun-14 13:17:40

The reception class I am in aim for yellow band by the end of the reception year.

There will always be some kids higher and some lower than this.

redskyatnight Wed 04-Jun-14 13:21:40

In the DC's very average infants school yellow band would have put you securely in the top half, probably top third of the class (most DC still on pink or red).

KEGirlOnFire Wed 04-Jun-14 13:39:47

They are all vastly different.

DD, Summer Born is currently on Orange (Band 6) at school, but at home is reading 8, 9 and 10 comfortably. She could read about 20 words before starting school and is far ahead (along with one other boy) than all the other children in the class.

They range from Pink (a small group) through to Blue I think which is the next highest level to the one that DD (and the little boy) reads.

DD is very tiny however and was slower to walk than average (18 months) and when it comes to physical aspects, running, hopping, jumping, she is further behind all the other children in the class. Maturity though, she's ahead.

It's all swings and roundabouts and they all level out in the end.

catkind Wed 04-Jun-14 21:53:54

Would be average to good in DS class.

thegreylady Wed 04-Jun-14 22:28:21

Dgs 1 in Yr2 has just become a 'free reader'
Dgs2 in YrR has just finished Purple and has started on Gold
He is absolutely average, if that, in other things eg writing but reading seems to come naturally to him as it did for my dd, his mum.

SaveTheMockingBird Thu 05-Jun-14 09:58:09

DS is yellow band too (autumn born), but I think ready to move up as he reads them very easily and we read blue band at home. He is in the top set for phonics and literacy so yellow is pretty good I think. His teacher said out of 90 reception children there are a handful of kids on blue band and the highest they've had in the past is green band. This is a school where the vast majority of the kids speak english as a second language.

Labtest7 Thu 05-Jun-14 12:45:53

My daughter couldn't read at all at at the end of reception. She was diagnosed with leukaemia in nursery so did miss a lot of school that year. However, by the end of year 1 she was on level 14 and now in year 2 has been a free reader almost all year and was assessed as 3a for reading at her last parents evening.

ZanyMobster Thu 05-Jun-14 14:52:33

That sounds spot on to me, DS2 was on red level (1+/2) going into Y1 so a bit behind but is now on gold level (level 9). It's hard not to worry but I truly believe it all clicks when they are ready, I wish I had someone to have told me it was not a problem though as I was worried at the time as DS1 was on lime level at the end of Yr so I was worried about DS2 being behind when I compared them.

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