Reading Key Stage 2
Children in KS2 are expected to move from white book band at the beginning of Year 3 to lime, then brown, then grey, finally reaching blue/red book band by the end of Year 6. This, however, represents an ‘average’ picture of a child’s progress. As we know, no individual child is ‘average’ so no individual child makes smooth progress precisely in this way. Children tend to learn in fits and starts – periods of growth followed by periods of consolidation when their progress seems to halt for a while. The periods where you don’t see rapid progress may be worrying but they are important as your child develops confidence in using and applying newly acquired skills.
If you are ever worried about your child’s progress, please talk to their teacher.
Books ranging from white level up to red include a widening range of writing styles and an increased variation of sentence structure. Children will be able to interpret more sophisticated word-play and puns and be able to distinguish between the narrator’s voice in a story from a character’s voice. Towards the end of KS2, Children will know how to gather information from more than one place in a text as well as ‘read between the lines’ based on what is shown rather than being told. This allows for greater complexity in building character and setting.
Here are some tips on reading books and stories together...
At this stage, children are developing a much deeper level of understanding of the books they read. Ask
Why do you think the author wrote that?
What do you think he/ she meant by that?
Which word makes you think that…?
How do the story/ words make you feel?
Why do you think that part is repeated?
What effect does the rhyme have on…?
When did the story change?
How did you know that change was going to happen?
What do you like/ dislike about the story and why?
Which was the best/ funniest/ saddest part etc?
What is the main purpose of the text?
What words give you that impression? Why?
What does the word....imply about....?
What might this character have been thinking about?
How did the character feel before.....and after....?
What does this quotation suggest about.....?
What is this character’s attitude towards....?
What do you think the writer felt about…?
When the writer says… how does that make you feel?
Does this book remind you of another that you have read? If so, which one and why?
Do you know any other books by the same author?
What other books can you think of that have the same setting or message?
What effect do the layout/font/illustrations have on the reader?
Tell me two things you found out that you didn’t know before.
How do you use the index/ glossary/ contents page to help you find out information?
Which part of the text tells us about …?
Is this fact or opinion?
How do we know this is a fact?
Why are some words in bold?
How does this text layout help the reader?
Could information be presented in a more effective way?