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YR1 reading levels.....

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npg1 Thu 21-May-09 20:03:47

Just wondering what levels your yr 1 children are at? We are on ORT biff and chip level 8.

Hulababy Thu 21-May-09 21:29:27

Any particular reason you wish to know?

I work in a Y1 class. The levels the children in the class are on varies greatly from red books up to white/lime. There are very few ORT books in the boxes from what I can gather so not sure how they match up

Level 8 is doing well in Y1. I assume they read a range of books at school other than ORT. If so, I am sure they are dong really well and there are no areas for concern with regards reading.

paddingtonbear1 Thu 21-May-09 22:50:01

dd is on level 4 and is considered behind.

cba Thu 21-May-09 22:51:23

level 8 /9, average reader. ds1 who is a fantastic reader was on stage 12 at this stage of year1.

troutpout Thu 21-May-09 23:02:26

I help in a year 1 class. The children read from level 2 all the way up to level 10. The children reading level 10 also do 'free reading' chapter books at weekends.
I imagine this means very little to you tbh as it must vary so much from school to school.It as much to do with book availablility at the school where i help the ort books are intersperced with ginn and sunshine spirals and lots of other reading schemes.
But anyway...that's us.

troutpout Thu 21-May-09 23:08:14

blush at typos

tigerdriver Thu 21-May-09 23:10:09

troupout: the ort books are intersperced with ginn

I know how you feel m'dear!! grin

ElliesMad Fri 22-May-09 13:28:40

I chortled at the ORT being intersperced with GINN as I read t gin!!
DD is on level 10 'I think'!!
She's definately finished 9 but they seemed very reluctant to move her on. Instead they gave her ORT read at home books so she could do the execises at the back. They then said she could choose her own books. So in the last 5 weeks we've had level 9,8,8, 9, 7, 7,9,8,10, 10, 10.
So I really don't know!!!
She seems happy though! At home she's reading Daisy and the Trouble with Life with no problems apart from the odd word here or there.

coneflower Fri 22-May-09 17:33:30

Ds is on level 7, I have no idea how that relates to the rest of his class. We do try to read most days at home, he only gets 2 reading books a week from school.

Feenie Fri 22-May-09 19:45:19

As Hulababy conformed, Stage 8 ORT is most definitely above average for this time of year in Year 1.

TheGashlycrumbTinies Fri 22-May-09 19:54:47

DD is on 9, but she has always been a bookworm and read chapter books at home.

Can't wait to see the back of Biff and Chip and their magic key. shock

dancingbear Fri 22-May-09 20:13:25

I listen to the average Year 1 readers at our school, they are on a mix between Orange/Turquoise - is that around ORT 6-7? To get an idea of where your child is at I think it's better to ask the teacher, as schools all seem to have a different policy with regards to how quickly they progress kids through the reading levels.

suwoo Fri 22-May-09 20:19:09

DD was a free reader in April of year 1.

helpYOUiWILL Fri 22-May-09 20:31:53

ds1 is on gold level but he is also an august born so i think that means he is ahead for his age but his friend who is sept born and own the same level is classed as average............. i think. Please correct me if i am wrong!!

dancingbear Fri 22-May-09 21:53:22

Try this link for coloured book bands and how they relate to National curriculum levels

book bands

Toffeepopple Fri 22-May-09 23:17:29

DS is on ORT 11 but he is one of the older of his year.

Get the impression he is in the top quarter of the class or so, but there are definitely some stunning readers who are way ahead, as well as those who are behind him.

holdingittogether Sat 23-May-09 18:54:00

My year 1 ds was 6 in october. He LOVES Biff and Chip and the magic key!!! He is on turquioise level and we were told at last parents evening in march he had a reading age of 7. I think he is pretty average and I'm sure ds1 who is now 9 was at the same level at the end of year 1. He was on free reading by the end of year 2 and now reads anything age appropriate. I think an enjoyment of books and wanting to be able to read is more important than anything else tbh.

mrz Tue 02-Jun-09 20:47:52

For a child aged 6 a reading age of 5-7 is the average range which is why reading ages aren't a reliable way of assessing ability.

dmmum Tue 02-Jun-09 21:19:40

Hi I am a teacher of Year 1 and have a Ds at Year 1, he is on the same stage as yours. But I really believe at this age it is not the stage in the books they are that is important, more that they like going to school, (as much as anyone can, they have friends), with reading it really depends on their concentration levels AND how relevant reading is to them. Ds 2 is not so bothered with reading in R but he can make lego models just by looking at the picture on the box. Dont worry just enjoy sharing books with them. Remember most countries do not start formal education till the children are 7 - sorry for long rant but had enough of competitive mum syndrome at school gates!

trickerg Tue 02-Jun-09 22:08:54

Paddington - I have had children come into Y2 on L4/5 ORT and they are often the children who end up with the best comprehension (i.e. best all round reading ability) at the end of the year because they have progressed through the books at a steady pace. I wouldn't call stage 4 'behind' in Y1. The children are all developing at very different rates at this age. The higher levels often have subtleties a 5-7 year old misses.

(Well said dmmum!)

LyraSilvertongue Tue 02-Jun-09 22:15:50

DSs' colour bands are completely different to the ones on that chart.
DS2 (summer-born, reception) is on ORT level 2 and is considered very bright.

Fizzylemonade Tue 02-Jun-09 22:55:49

Ds1 is almost 6 so summer baby, in middle set for literacy and on Purple band or ORT 9. The top set and gifted and talented children are on band 9 gold possibly now starting white.

He is at a school that pushes but he is comfortable reading them although he finds ORT repetitive grin

We get 3 books a week, so 2 days to read each book.

I am not sure what the lowest level reading is but at the end of the day ds1 is almost 6 so I am not worried about anything at the moment.

I read the other thread about what books for a 6yr old boy with interest as ds1 loves dinosaurs so we have a lot of factual books that I read to him as they are for much older children.

He sometimes reads stories to his little brother which is very sweet smile

Rachmumoftwo Tue 02-Jun-09 23:09:19

Don't forget that not all schools have the same reading bands, so turquoise in one (for example) could be red in another. It is not really worth trying to compare, as it gets very confusing and competitive.

At this age, the important thing is to enjoy reading and being read to, and to experience a wide range of texts.

hellywobs Wed 03-Jun-09 10:00:51

How do you define a free reader? My ds is reading ORT level 9 but he reads the sports pages of the newspaper without any difficulty.

FranSanDisco Wed 03-Jun-09 10:45:06

Ds is stage 11 but won't read anything at home. He may be ahead for Yr 1 but he simply doesn't enjoy it. A child on a lower level may be a book worm as it's a love of reading that needs developing not simply decoding skills. DS is into sport and not reading sad grin.

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