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yr 1 reading level

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janett · 07/09/2009 21:44

please could someone tell me the at what level book ( biff and kipper ) a child starting yr 1 should be on. Aready done a year in reception at same private school.

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IdrisTheDragon · 07/09/2009 21:48

How long is a piece of string? Depends on the child, whether it is the time when they have started to be interested in reading, whether the school uses ORT or not, and how it is used if they do.

FWIW DS has just started Y1 and is near the end of Stage 3. He is happy reading and I am happy with his progress. There will be children reading at levels below that and above that.

Overmydeadbody · 07/09/2009 21:50

There is no level a child should be on.

As Idris said, How long is a peice of string?

Hulababy · 07/09/2009 21:51

Could vary loads I am afriad. The new Y1 childrn in the class I work in vary from stage 1 upwards. Not sure on highest level as yet, but there are bound to be some who are reading very well and managing proper books, beying the reading schemes.

LynetteScavo · 07/09/2009 21:52

If you check out the Oxford REading Tree website, it should tell you.

Hulababy · 07/09/2009 21:55

ORT website

Says year 1 is Level 3-5

However this is just a rough guide, adnd as I said in my last post it varies loads in reality.

LynetteScavo · 07/09/2009 21:55


DS is on level 5, and is considered to be behind with his reading.

LynetteScavo · 07/09/2009 21:56

Sorry, DS is starting Y2, duh! - sorry.

traceybath · 07/09/2009 21:59

DS1 is just starting y1 and is on Level 3 - he is an august boy if that makes any difference.

I'd say he's in the bottom half of his class for reading though at the moment.

janett · 07/09/2009 22:09

thanks for your replies, he is on level 3 so i guess average.

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janett · 07/09/2009 22:12

Seems low considering only 10 in class though.

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sundew · 07/09/2009 22:16

I really wouldn't worry - most children catch up by the end of KS1. My dd2 has just started in yr1 and just started level 4. We are in the extremely fortunate position of her being at our local school but in a class of 18.

Hulababy · 07/09/2009 22:19

janeet - I don;t think number of children in class makes much difference when it comes to reading. I have found it is something that generally just clicks, and once they can do it, they suddenly move on really fast.

janett · 07/09/2009 22:33

Thanks, i guess when he actually starts to enjoy it he will get better, here's hoping

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trickerg · 07/09/2009 22:53

Of course he will get better. He's only 5 and he's only been reading for about a year. He sounds as if he's getting on fine. As someone above said, how could class size affect reading level? (Or was that part of the school's marketing ploy i.e. our small classes will help your son's reading progress at a faster than average rate?)

LadyHooHa · 07/09/2009 22:58

No 'should' about it!
DS (summer baby) was on level 11 at the start of Y1, and went straight on to free reading. DD (also summer baby) is just starting Y1 on level 3. It depends hugely on the child. Once they've got the hang of it and are sufficiently interested, they all tend to move on very quickly.

traceybath · 08/09/2009 11:36

Janett - DS1 seems to struggle to me and just doesn't really enjoy reading at the moment.

I find doing his reading with him a real struggle and really don't want to put him off.

Am hoping as others say it will just click for him.

Interestingly he's beginning to realise that other children in his class can read better than him which may spur him on as he's very competitive.

Am hoping ds2 is one of those magic children who teaches himself to read ;)

TwoPersephone · 08/09/2009 12:37

If you want to give him a bit of a boost try reading first thing in the morning when he is at his brightest, dont correct every mistage (go back at the end and have a look), and read to him at bed time, and get him to read the odd paragraph to you if you think he is up to it.

miroam · 08/09/2009 16:30

My DD has just gone in to year 1 and has today brought home level 3 ORT. Have to stop worrying when I see all her friends getting their level 5 & 6 books out! She loves books and being read to but at the moment doesn't show the same amount of interest in reading herself. I am sure this will change in time!

Fennel · 08/09/2009 16:42

my (summer born) yr 1 child is on level 3 but struggling with it, I think she's gone backwards since the early summer. Really not very inspiring and I do find it frustrating to hear her forgetting the same few words and phrases over and over.

However, with my older two: one was one of those children who just gets it, she clicked in preschool without being taught and was a free reader on chapter books by the start of yr1, and the other was below average at the end of reception.

But now at 9 and 8 they are both keen good readers and there isn't much difference in reading ability between them, though one clicked young and one didn't. Both read at least a book a day now for the love of it.

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