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About Red Band


All reading bands consolidate learning from previous levels. Red Band books have a slightly increased number of words, an increase of pages and slightly more complex story lines. The growing complexity in the story lines is reinforced through the development of inference and prediction using visual literacy.


How to support your child reading Red Band books

Your child is beginning to learn how to read. As they read, please help them to:

  • Read the words carefully. Most of the words can be recognised or sounded out. Ask your child to segment and blend only the words they can’t read yet, not every word. Eventually almost all words will become part of your child’s ‘sight memory’, and they won’t have to sound out at all.
  • On second and third readings of the book, encourage them to read with more pace and with less focus on sounding out the letters in each word.
  • Make a story out of a whole book, rather than focusing just on what is happening on each page.
  • Ask your child to tell you about something that happened in the book, or about something they found out in the book.


My Red Band Reading Targets

  • I can locate and recall the title
  • I recognise that individual words have a meaning
  • I can use known words to check and confirm reading
  • I am starting to read more rhythmically while maintaining track of print
  • I can match words that are the same
  • I can repeat words, phrases or sentences to check, confirm or modify my own reading
  • I can read unfamiliar words using my understanding of the text and phonic knowledge
  • I can recognise some familiar words in simple text (EYFS High Frequency Words)
  • I can recognise print structure of a word, individual letters and the space between words
  • I can say how I feel about stories and poems
  • I can re-read my books to build up my fluency and confidence in word reading