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About Purple Band


Purple Band books include an increased proportion of longer sentences, with more challenging vocabulary. Some Purple books have short chapters to challenge and encourage reading stamina. Purple Band books include longer and more complex sentences with the inclusion of complex (i.e. ‘when’) and simple (i.e. ‘and’) conjunctions. Story features such as plot, character and setting are developed in more detail, and the text in the non-fiction books is presented in a variety of ways.


How to support your child reading Purple Band books

Your child is now beginning to read with more independence and their books are getting longer. You can help them by:

  • Encouraging them to read some pages silently, inside their heads.
  • Listening to some pages read aloud, encouraging the use of expression and paying attention to punctuation marks.
  • Talking about how events in the book relate to each other and helping your child to understand how the story builds up in a longer book.
  • Asking them to tell you about interesting things they found out and showing you where the information is in the book.


My Purple Band Reading Targets


  • I can read all of the Key Stage 1 High Frequency words
  • I can look through a variety of texts with growing independence to predict content, layout and story development
  • I can read silently or quietly at a more rapid pace, taking note of punctuation and using it to keep track of longer sentences
  • I can solve most unfamiliar words on the run by recognising less common digraphs and recognise alternative spellings
  • I can predict the content, layout and story development of a book
  • I can adapt to fiction, non-fiction or poetic language with growing flexibility
  • I take more conscious account of literacy effects used by writers
  • I can begin to make more conscious use of reading to extend speaking and writing vocabulary and sentence structure
  • I can re-read my books to build up my fluency and confidence in word reading