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Book Bands

Book Bands at South Farnborough Junior School


At South Farnborough we use a book banding scheme, this may be different from the book bands you have been using at your child’s infant school. Each child is assessed when they start with us and given a colour band of books to read. The colours become progressively more challenging. The colours range from pink to brown with brown books being free reader starter books for lower school pupils


As part of your child’s reading journey, it's important that they have access to lots of different kinds of books and are exposed to a wide vocabulary. Book banding is designed to enable children to have access to the variety of books they need whilst still being supported at the correct reading level. For a child to be an effective reader, they need to not only read the words on the page but also understand what they have read. We will carefully monitor your child’s reading and move them to the next colour band when they are ready.


Reading with your child at home plays a vital part in their development as a reader and will help nurture their love of reading. Any reading done at home can be recorded on the Boomreader App which we look at in school. 

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