Reading schemes and phonics

A Parent/Carer Guide to the reading scheme                                       


  • Pink
  • Red
  • Yellow
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Turquoise
  • Purple
  • Gold
  • White
  • Lime

As a simple guide to the levels, it is expected that an average child would have reached the levels Red/Yellow by the end of Reception, levels Green/Orange by the end of Year 1, level gold by the end of Year 2 and levels White/Lime by the end of Year 3. After colour levelled books children will be moved onto ‘Free Reading’ where they choose their own books to read. We encourage the children to read a wide range of books so that they are exposed to a wide range of text types, furthering their understanding of books.

Within each reading level there is a selection of books which provide exposure to different genres of books which extends children’s vocabulary and helps them t understand the differences in different kinds of texts.

Your child will move up the colour levels when:

  • A range of texts within a level have been read
  • Child reads that level fluently and with expression
  • The child’s comprehension of the text is appropriate

Reading at home:

In earlier stages of reading your child might use picture cues to help work out longer words, this is normal and we ask that you encourage this at this stage. Ask your child questions as they read to you as this will aid their comprehension.

  • How is Kipper feeling? What clues told you that in the book?
  • Where did Sarah visit? What do you think might happen next?

As your child’s comprehension and reading ability increases, extend their deeper level comprehension skills by asking questions such as:

  • What word has the author used to show that the character was unhappy?
  • Why has the author started the sentence with ‘silently’? What atmosphere does this create?
  • Why has the author used a ! instead of a full-stop?

Please ensure that your child has their reading book and reading diary in school each day. The books that are taken from school to read at home are your child’s responsibility and we do ask that you encourage your child to take good care of them.

In KS1 we follow phonics play for our phonic lessons. Please click on the link below to have a look at some of the activities we use to engage the children in their phonics lessons.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply