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CHEATED by bloody ORT!

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EarthboundMisfit Mon 25-Apr-16 22:53:54

Well, today it happened. DS reached that dizzying pinnacle of academia, Lime Level.

They're no different! He can read normal books at home, and I stupidly thought that's what Lime would be.

I can't take another 5 levels of this. I will not be held responsible. grin

blaeberry Mon 25-Apr-16 23:01:11

It is a false peak; the levels carry on up.

EarthboundMisfit Mon 25-Apr-16 23:03:59

It'll be just my luck they'll decide to extend it to Y11....

louisejxxx Tue 26-Apr-16 06:32:37

Arghhh I thought they only went up to about stage 9?! Ds is stage 8 so I thought we were nearly rid!! :'(

EarthboundMisfit Tue 26-Apr-16 08:35:59

I thought our school stopped at 11, but no!

WhattodoSue Tue 26-Apr-16 12:38:03

My DD has moved past Biff and Chip, still on ORT, and all I can say is PLEASE COME BACK Biff, Chip and Kipper - all is forgiven. I hate the later stage books.

EarthboundMisfit Tue 26-Apr-16 14:54:38

I agree! I used to groan at Biff et al, but my children have actually enjoyed them. The ones we have at the minute are either non-fiction books that raise more questions than they answer, or stories that have had a few hundred words added for the sake of it, to the detriment of the story. DS used to forget to change his book, so we'd read one school one on a Monday when the teacher changed it with them, and library or ho!e books the rest of the time. That was great.
But to get the Lime books, he has to go into a different classroom, which means he gets to see one of his best friends. They were so excited about it this morning that I think he'll remember to change it all the time now.

EarthboundMisfit Tue 26-Apr-16 14:55:05


Galena Tue 26-Apr-16 18:43:40

We've got TreeTops now. And not only that, she has to read each book twice. And answer the questions inside the front cover.

She is reading Demon Dentist by David Walliams and has read the whole book in 24 hours. But her school books are dull (except her last one which was about a fat dad belly dancing which she thought was funny). She's on Oxford Level 11, so 9 whole levels still to go.

EarthboundMisfit Tue 26-Apr-16 18:47:08

Doesn't it only go up to 15/16?/

cakeisalaystheanswer Tue 26-Apr-16 18:48:28

No Earthbound. "Biff and Chip go backpacking in Nepal" is a GCSE text.

Galena Tue 26-Apr-16 18:48:50

Nope, look at my link - Treetops goes to 20.

<Kill me now>

BathshebaDarkstone Tue 26-Apr-16 18:52:01

DD had Roald Dahl as reading books in year 1. There is hope! grin

Galena Tue 26-Apr-16 18:53:49

DD had Roald Dahl in Y1. And is now on fucking TreeTops.

spanieleyes Tue 26-Apr-16 18:59:13

Think yourselves lucky you didn't get Roger Bloody Red Hat, now he WAS nightmare -inducing!

irvineoneohone Tue 26-Apr-16 19:03:05

Sounds like my ds's school is one of good school when it comes to reading books. He didn't have to read any book level books if he doesn't want to. They are allowed to read any book they like, despite having official book levels, as long as they read everyday. I don't think my ds read any Biff and Chip book from school, he read some from nursery, and that was it.

hazeyjane Tue 26-Apr-16 19:03:26

I have had years of bloody Biff, Chip and Kipper with the dds

Now ds is in year 1 and still on red....

I've got years of this. I have started to have dreams about Wilf and Wilma

BathshebaDarkstone Tue 26-Apr-16 19:06:14

Galena DD's reading Roald Dahl in year 3, Going Solo. Ask the teacher for some proper books?

Galena Tue 26-Apr-16 19:08:37

Nah - she wants to be like her friends and reading the 'new' books they've just put in each class. I'm happy for her to read them quickly and then read proper books when she's done. She's not bored, it's just me who is!

irvineoneohone Tue 26-Apr-16 19:08:39

Same here, Ds reading Matilda for guided reading in YR3.

EarthboundMisfit Tue 26-Apr-16 20:29:13

I loved Roger Red Hat!

CB2009 Wed 27-Apr-16 09:23:26

No. The nightly tedium continues here too. Our school keep pushing the levels. Son on Level 13/14 put think he has to keep going to Level 16 :-( Proejct X and space stories really lost their shine for me!!

sportinguista Wed 27-Apr-16 10:11:54

Our school seem to have no discernable scheme. We got a bit of Biff and Chip, a bit of ORT and some random children's books thrown in too. We've had so many issues with pages being missing and parents who seem to let little brothers and sisters loose colouring in the books I often just let DS read home books now. What I do is put the title and author of the book so the teacher can look it up and know approximately what level it comes out as, which is mostly higher than the level he's on in school. He's just getting to the reading everything he comes across and has taken to looking on my ipad - so ended up reading sections of Sharpe novels - reasonably successfully!

The school don't seem to be bothered as long as he reads. I must admit some of the books are tedious. Biff and Chip are irritating people!

Mouseinahole Wed 27-Apr-16 14:17:40

Jennifer Yellow Hat
Billy Blue Hat et al
Takes me back 40 year's to dd's school days!

PettsWoodParadise Wed 27-Apr-16 19:39:30

I remember those days (and don't miss them). Not least the questioning from other parents asking what book DD was on etc which I always felt awkward about answering as it wasn't a competition so why did they want to know?

One thing we learnt from the whole experience that held us in good stead was the idea of reading one book she was told to read and one book she had chosen. By about start of Y2 she could cope with two thick books on the go at the same time and we insisted on putting in her reading record her book as well as the school book. Gradually the school books went by-the-by as the teachers realised they got a far more animated and engaged pupil from questions about the books DD had chosen. When studying for recent eleven plus reading a book we'd picked out and also one she had chosen still worked and seems to be a habit she has taken to.

I remember having a set in the mid to late seventies called 'The Rainbow books' - not the fairies ones, more like ORT and you had a colour and then bands for each colour. My kindly father bought the entire set and I had read most of them before I started school. My teacher hated my father to the extent she told him off so loudly at a parents evening for teaching me something so making her job more difficult as she didn't know what to do with me.

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