As regular readers will know, my son is in Reception class at school currently. His school uses a range of different reading schemes, and it can be difficult for parents to understand how the various schemes relate to each other. I think there are good educational reasons for using different school reading schemes. One child may get one with a particular scheme better than another, so the school can pick the right one for the right child. The school may not have the money to replace an entire reading scheme at once, so it gradually buys a new series. Some schemes may be better for the early days of learning to read and others better later on.
I’ve tried to make sense of some of the different schemes in one table here, so parents can see how the schemes relate. I find it helpful to know how they compare, so that I can borrow books from the library at the right level for my child. As well as that I’ve tried to relate the books to the national curriculum levels (these measure children from key stage one onwards) and to reading recovery levels (this is a scheme to help children who are struggling with reading to catch up).
For those who are new to national curriculum levels, they start at 1c then 1b, with 1a being the highest sublevel within level 1. W stands for ‘working towards’ so this is primarily for Reception class children who are not yet working at level 1.
I am not a teacher, but have compiled this table from a number of teaching resources. To the best of my knowledge it is accurate, but I would welcome feedback if you think it could be improved or added to.
Book Band Colour (includes PM Readers)
National Curriculum Level
Oxford Reading Tree Stage
Reading Recovery Levels
Ginn 360 scheme