Reading Resources & Book Banding

In Cramond Primary School we pride ourselves on making sure we are Getting It Right For Every Child. This includes selecting the correct resources for your children based upon the most up to date knowledge we have about their learning from both assessment and the class teacher’s professional opinion based on working with your child.

When it comes to reading, our starting point is a reading age based upon your child’s ability to decode words. We find this information when we do our Single Word Reading Test at the beginning of each session. Obviously standardised tests are only a snapshot in time and are useful as a starting point but are not the only information used or relied upon.

We have our reading books organised in a system called BOOK BANDING. This means that reading books are organised according to the reading age (or ability to decode words). When class teachers are selecting reading books for your child, they are making sure that the reading age of the book matches the ability of your child, based on up to date information. Please remember that children learn in different ways and make progress at different times. Class teachers will be able to advise you about the choices carefully made for your child if you have any queries.

The book band system is designed to help schools grade their reading books. Most reading scheme books for children have been given a book band colour by the publisher based on the level of reading difficulty.

As a rough guide, children are expected to reach lime level at around seven or eight years old. Children who read above lime level are reading fairly fluently and although books are still graded above this level, children are reading such a wide range of material that the banding becomes not so important.

If you would like to know more about Book Banding,

Please contact Mrs Waddell or Miss Cessford with any questions about book banding. For queries about how resources are allocated to your child, please contact your child’s class teacher in the first instance.