We use a reading scheme called Cliff Moon. This is a scheme into which books are banded by difficulty. There are 12 bands which each are marked by a colour of sticker - orange rectangles, blue spots etc. This means that each of the bands have a variety of books which are roughly the same difficulty to read. Although please be aware that the bands do contain trickier and easier books! The advantage to this is that there are a range of books in each band - different genres, authors, illustrator, font types and so on. This means that children have an element of choice over their reading and also that they do not grow reliant on a particular 'style' of book type.
When children exceed level 12, they are designated a 'free reader' and they may choose books from the classroom's bookshelves, the free reading books outside Year 4's classroom, or a book from home that they are enjoying.
We encourage children to choose their own books; we never tell the children which book to choose from the Cliff Moon scheme and we would discourage parents from doing so. The reason for this is that we want children to develop enjoyment in reading, just as very few adults would want to read a book that they 'have' to, children enjoy reading their own choice of book more.
Similarly, we have developed our reading scheme so it is not immediately obvious to children where they are in the scheme. Whilst we congratulate a child when they are ready to move on to a new band, we do not wish for children to become too aware of what colour sticker they are on as this can dominate their feelings about reading. We are trying to encourage children to love reading for its own sake, so please do encourage your child to relax and make the most of the book they are reading, not worrying about moving on.
Learners can gain credits for their Children's University awards for home reading.
If your child has been on the same reading level for some time, and you are worried about their progress, please talk to their class teacher.
A few tips when hearing your child read:
Other Reading Schemes