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Reading at The Mayflower Primary School



There are lots of ways that you can help your child at home: do make sure, for example, that you read frequently with your child, and support them with the current learning that’s taking place in school (check out the Class News and the Homework).


At The Mayflower Primary School, our teaching is based around the individual child: whilst we consider what the broad national ‘average’ would be, we also very closely consider personal targets and rates of progress. For example, a very able child is challenged to carry out work in a different way or at a different level. This way, all our pupils are expected to make good progress and achieve their potential.


Our Reading Scheme

The Mayflower Primary School use the Collins Big Cat guided reading scheme. This scheme is filled with real books to engage and excite readers! With must-read fiction and knock-out non-fiction in every book band. The Collins Big Cat scheme has books that span a huge variety of genres, illustrations and formats.


Reading Book Colour Bands

The colour book bands are as follows; lilac, pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange, turquoise, purple, gold, white, lime, copper, topaz, ruby, emerald, sapphire, diamond and pearl. Please bear in mind that as the bands increase in difficulty, the comprehension skills required will also be more challenging.


What can I expect?

Your child will initially be assessed for the correct book band colour, and will bring home various books of that colour. As long as the book is in your child’s book band colour, the level is right for them.


When will my child move to the next colour band?

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. For this to happen they need to read with 98% accuracy (that is only 2 errors in every 100 words). The school will carefully monitor your child’s reading and move them to the next colour band when they are ready.


If you would like any further information on Book Banding, please pop into school to see your child’s class teacher.


Please click on the link below to read the 'Save The Children' piece on the importance of reading.