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About Emerald Band


Emerald book band provides a widening range of genres. Science fiction, familiar settings, poetry, playscripts, non-chronological reporting and biography are all featured genres in this level. Readers on this book band will be given opportunities to discuss the feelings of the characters and how the writer uses language to create images and atmosphere.  Readers on this book band will be reading texts with events/episodes in time sequence which have some literary conventions and familiar oral language structures.


How to support your child reading Emerald Band books

Children should be encouraged to work out any unfamiliar words and research the meanings of new vocabulary. Children on this book band should be taking more ownership of their reading and read books for pleasure as well as reading to learn.

You can support them by:

  • Checking that the book makes sense to them, discussing their understanding and exploring the meaning of words in context
  • Asking questions to improve their understanding
  • Asking your child to summarise the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph, identifying key details that support the main ideas
  • Supporting your child in distinguishing between statements of fact and opinion
  • Asking them to retrieve information from non-fiction texts


My Emerald Band Reading Targets

  • I can read a range of complex texts fluently
  • I can apply my growing knowledge of root words, prefixes and suffixes (etymology and morphology) both to read aloud and to understand the meaning of new words I meet
  • I have an increased familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends, and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage, and books from other traditions and cultures
  • I continue to read and discuss an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
  • I can read books that are structured in different ways and read for a range of purposes
  • I can check that the book makes sense to me, discussing my understanding and exploring the meanings of words in context
  • I can draw inferences such as inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions, and justify inferences with evidence
  • I can ask questions to improve my understanding of complex texts
  • I can tell the difference between statements of fact and opinion
  • I can retrieve, record and present information from non-fiction