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About Yellow Band


Books in this band include non-fiction titles to build on children’s interests and encourage discussion around the high-quality photographs. New learning in Yellow Band books includes a slightly increased number of words and a move away from familiar experiences. Yellow books require some inferencing skills from the reader, e.g. for humour, and have more variation in sentence structure, including sentences with more than one clause.


How to support your child reading Yellow Band books

Your child is now beginning to read with more confidence. As they read aloud, you can help them by:

  • Giving them time to sound out words they don’t know. If they still struggle, encourage them to try sounding out the whole word first, rather than guessing from the pictures or from the first letter.
  • Giving them time to recognise and correct their own mistakes.
  • Asking them to talk about what’s happening in the book, encouraging them to make links to events on previous pages


My Yellow Band Reading Targets


  • I can follow print with my eyes, only finger-pointing at points of difficulty
  • I can take note of punctuation
  • I can read all of the EYFS High Frequency Words
  • I can notice the relationship between one text and another
  • I can check information more quickly while reading, e.g. words match the illustration on the page
  • I can note familiar words and letter clusters and use these to get to unknown words, e.g. look – took
  • I can search for information in print to predict, confirm or attempt new words while reading
  • I can make predictions in more detail about what might happen next
  • I can re-read my books to build up my fluency and confidence in word reading