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 in their reading record on Google Classroom which we look at in school. Your child can also make comments in this if they wish.
We all had a wonderful day when Guy Bass, award-winning author of such great books as ‘Stitch Head’ came to open our school library!
It is with great thanks to our fantastic PTA, who contributed £13,000 towards the renovation, that the library was able to go ahead. The children love it and it has helped focus reading as a such an important part of our school.
Guy stayed all day and the children had a hilarious time listening to his stories, tales about his life and why reading is so important to him. A truly inspirational day!