At Swaffield, we encourage children to read for pleasure as well as impressing upon them the importance of learning to read. Children are expected to be reading at least five times a week in every year group and this should be recorded in the reading PACT diary. Feel free to speak to your child’s teacher if you have any further questions or concerns.

We are committed at Swaffield School not only to teach children to read, but also to love books. All children will be part of a guided reading carousel every day, which encourages interactive reading and ensures your child/children will be read with by a teacher at least once a week.

Book Bands

We assign children to a book band based on their word reading skills and their ability to understand and explain what they are reading. Earlier book bands, up to gold, are linked to phonics phases.
The book bands are named by colour and follow the pattern shown here:

Children will be assigned a book band when they enter the school and will then progress through the stages at their own pace until they leave us. It is important to note that the book bands are designed to be different lengths so while some book bands may be completed over a half term, most are designed to last a few months and some up to a year or more, particularly in the higher bands.
For book bands from pink to gold, children should be encouraged to reread their book in order to help them gain a firm understanding of the text.

The first time the book is read, children should focus on deciphering the text using word reading strategies. These include:
•    Using phonics strategies to sound out words
•    Recognising common words by sight
•    Identifying known words with similar spelling/rhyming patterns
•    Reading around the word in a sentence then using the context to work out the word.

The second time the book is read, children should be focusing on:
•    Being able to read the text fluently and accurately
•    Responding accurately to punctuation
•    Ensuring grammar is correctly used
•    Developing their understanding of what is happening in the text; being able to retell the story, sequencing events and describing characters and settings.

The third time the book is read, children should be focusing on deepening their understanding, including:
•    Talking about their opinions of the book as a whole and of specific events, characters and settings, giving reasons for their ideas
•    Discussing the feelings and actions of characters, giving reasons using evidence from the text if possible
•    Thinking about why a specific word or phrase has been used by the writer and what effect it creates for the reader
•    Making links between the text and other similar texts.

For book bands from white to brown, children should only need to read a book once but should be encouraged to reread specific sentences and paragraphs where they are less sure of the meaning or meet an unfamiliar word. At this level, children should be able to read a text silently to themselves but should be discussing what they have read with others and answering questions about the text. They should also be using dictionaries to establish the meaning of unfamiliar words.

Reading At Home

You can read our guide to supporting your child with reading at home on our Homework page. There is a copy translated into Somali and also Urdu there too.

Can you volunteer to read with children?

We are always on the lookout for parents/ carers to come in and read with children between 9am and 9.30 am every day. Please speak to your child’s teacher or the School Office is you are available to volunteer.


We are passionate about books at Swaffield and encourage the children to enjoy reading for pleasure.

Our classrooms have reading corners where children can choose from a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books which they can enjoy reading in an interesting and relaxing environment.  As you can see from the gallery photos below, you don’t have to be in a reading corner or indeed be the right way up to enjoy a good book; you can be upside down or even on a scooter!

Reading Lists

Click HERE for suggested Reading Lists for Nursery and Reception
Click HERE for suggested Reading Lists for Year 1
Click HERE for suggested Reading Lists for Year 2
Click HERE for suggested Reading Lists for Year 3 and 4
Click HERE for suggested Reading Lists for Year 5
Click HERE for suggested Reading Lists for Year 6


Reading News:



The children had lots of fun dressing up as a favourite Roald Dahl character for World Book Day.

We celebrated World Book Day at Swaffield on 4th March.
Each class chose a book and the children were asked to dress up as a character from it.
You can see the list of the books by class here.

We were overwhelmed by the amazing costumes and were delighted that the children had such a great time. Children from each class shared information about their class’s chosen book in a special World Book Day Assembly.
Here are some of the photos:


The Book Trust’s Read for My School Competition 2016 was launched here at Swaffield with award-winning children’s author Robin Stevens, whose Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries series has been a big hit .
Read all about it here
and watch the ITV coverage here