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About Blue Band

Blue Band books have a slightly increased number of words and some variation in sentence beginnings. They may use exclamation marks, question marks and other punctuation. The story lines are more complex, including more than one event, and the stories are less dependent on picture cues.


How to support your child reading Blue Band books

Your child is now developing into a more confident reader. Encourage them to select from books at the library or bookshop as well as those from school. As they read, you can help by encouraging them to:

  • Sound out quickly – and silently – inside their heads, if they need to sound out words.
  • Look at the punctuation marks. You may want to model how to read a page of writing, paying attention to punctuation, such as full-stops and question marks.
  • Tell you about what the characters in the story are doing and why they are acting in that way.
  • Show you how they can find particular things that interest them in non-fiction books.

My Blue Band Reading Targets

  • I can read move through text attending to meaning, print and sentence structure
  • I can read all of the EYFS High Frequency Words and can read some of the Key Stage 1 words
  • I can self-correct more rapidly on the run
  • I can re-read to enhance phrasing and clarify precise meaning
  • I can solve new words using print information along with attention to meaning
  • I can manage a greater variety of text types (e.g. fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
  • I can discuss content of the text in a manner which indicates precise understanding