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Free reading by end of reception... what happens in year one

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Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 09:52:00

Sorry to annoying but looking for some help. If a child is free reading by end of reception what did they do with the child in year one and two when the other children were reading their reading books in class?

chameleon71 Wed 24-May-17 09:53:04

they read their book in class too.


TheHuntingOfTheSarky Wed 24-May-17 09:54:27

What do you mean by "free reading"?

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 09:54:34

Would they continue with phonics lessons?

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 09:55:16

As in they've finished all the ks1 one bands.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 09:55:51

Sorry, I sound like an idiot but I was just curious.

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Wed 24-May-17 09:58:09

At my DD's school once the book bands have been completed they just go to what's called "library level" which means they can choose whichever book they like from the school library. This has books for all ability ranges.

StarHeartDiamond Wed 24-May-17 09:58:22

Ask the teacher?!
I guess the just continue on the gold band books in terms of what school sends home.
Free reading by end of reception is gifted & talented, surely?! My ds who is good at reading (but not gifted/talented) finished the top band just into year 2.

MrsBadger Wed 24-May-17 10:01:05

(and phonics does eventually morph into spelling, which is still important even if you're a great reader)

And there are lots of KS2 books she hasn't even seen yet. It becomes less about decoding and more about comprehension, so she'll get to think about creative language, authorial intention etc

There is still lots for her to learn, don;t worry smile

Floggingmolly Wed 24-May-17 10:02:59

They continue reading; with a free choice of books along with a large percentage of the class who'll be in exactly the same position

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Wed 24-May-17 10:04:14

What MrsBadger said.

I have seen many children whose parents think they are geniuses because they can identify a gazillion words in a book, but ask them afterwards about what they've read, the characters and the context, and they can't answer.

TheHuntingOfTheSarky Wed 24-May-17 10:07:40

Also bear in mind that not all schools use the same banding levels. For example in my daughters' school Lime is the last 'coloured' level - from there they go to the free reading level. My friend's daughter goes to a school where Gold is the top.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 10:08:57

Ty all. I just wondering what had happened in previous cases.
I'm currently buying books to supplement.

MrsBadger Wed 24-May-17 10:14:32

do buy 'normal' books though, not more reading-scheme ones or poor dc'll be bored to tears.

Also go to the library - they'll have books you'd never think of buying which dc may love

EvilDoctorBallerinaDuck Wed 24-May-17 10:16:35

DD just read her book in class. hmmconfused

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 10:17:28

No, atm I'm buying book collections from book people. I have got project x but they aren't that challenging but he enjoys and understands them.
His comprehension is quite good but dealing with some topics can be hard.

EvilDoctorBallerinaDuck Wed 24-May-17 10:18:44

DD just did literacy while the other DC were doing phonics.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 10:20:01

Oh ok. Ty EvilBallerina

foamybananasweets Wed 24-May-17 10:21:43

My daughter was a very advanced reader in reception/foundation. My advice would be not to push your child to read more complex stuff without checking that they are mature enough for the content. For example, my daughter could have read Harry Potter series in y1 in terms of reading ability but it would have terrified her. And books aimed at teens have lots of relationship themes which are not appropriate for ks1. (Or ks2) (my daughter's reading she was 12 when she was 4!) Being ahead of the curve is good in some ways but not in others. I have just been careful to provide a wide range of books, to encourage her love of reading, and not sweat it that her reading age wasn't progressing as rapidly.

FYI they continued teaching her phonics and it totally messed up her spelling. She has a phenomenal memory and could spell by recall from what she had read until she was taught phonics. She now over thinks things and her spellings can be hilarious as a result. I wish I could have removed the requirement for her to learn it, but the teachers have to class teach....

WhatInTheWorldIsGoingOn Wed 24-May-17 10:22:15

I have a free reading child just about to move up to F2 in September. I know that currently the school aren't sure what to do with her. She is an exceptional reader but school aren't happy for her just to read random books. They would like to find a scheme that has appropriate content. In terms of phonics, there isn't any phonics to teach so they are wondering what to do there too.

EvilDoctorBallerinaDuck Wed 24-May-17 10:24:36

When DD had completed the reading scheme, she was allowed to choose ordinary books from higher up the school, she liked Roald Dahl and Michael Morpurgo. In y4 the whole class just choose books from the school library.

GU24Mum Wed 24-May-17 10:24:56

What level has he got to? My DD is a good reader - she's in Y1 now but finished typical KS1 books in Reception. There are far more reading books ahead on various schemes though. I've slightly lost track of colour but after white/gold, there were lime, brown, then various metals (copper, pewter) and now another lot. The only slight problem is that the themes of some are a bit grown-up - I sent back one which was a non-fiction book about WW2 as the detail of concentration camps was a bit much for a just-turned 6 year old.....

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 10:25:15

Yes, Harry Potter will be a no here as I don't want to deal with the topic of death again.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 10:29:10

He's purple atm but in general he's moving up and the teacher has told me that he isn't challenged by the books as he can both read and comprehend them. Topics are getting more complex and leading to conversations about topics in the books that are hard for a five year old to comprehend.

Tomorrowillbeachicken Wed 24-May-17 10:31:57

He can pretty much read anything he picks up tbh.

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