rr-logoWhat is Reading Recovery?

Reading Recovery is an early intervention programme designed to reduce literacy problems.  It provides intensive, individual help for children who, after at least one year of schooling, have not responded to classroom teaching in reading and writing.  The goal of Reading Recovery is to return the very lowest achieving children to average reading and writing levels for their age in a relatively short time.

How does it work?

Reading Recovery involves a short series of one-to-one lessons for 30 minutes a day, with a specially trained teacher. The programme takes between 12-20 weeks, depending on the individual, and differs for every child.  Teaching is individually designed and individually delivered.  The focus is on comprehending messages (in reading) and constructing messages (in writing), so high priority is given to children reading as many books as possible and writing their own texts.

Reading Recovery lessons successfully cease when the child is judged to be able to cope well with reading and writing, and to work successfully with the average group in the classroom.  For the very few children who make progress but still continue to require additional literacy support, further help is sought.

How are children selected for Reading Recovery?

We are currently able to take four children on a Reading Recovery programme at any one time. As soon as one child leaves Reading Recovery, another child enters and this process continues throughout the year.  Usually 8-10 children will be able to access Reading Recovery each year.

Children must be aged between 5:9-6:3 in order to be considered for Reading Recovery, so in either Year 1 or Year 2.  Discussion takes place between the class teacher and Reading Recovery teacher to identify who may benefit from a place on the programme.  If there are more children than spaces available, the children are screened using a selection of tasks (book reading, letter identification, word reading, word writing etc.) and places are allocated on this basis.

Parents/Carers are always informed before a child enters a Reading Recovery programme and are invited in at regular intervals to observe lessons and discuss progress.

Further Information

If you would like to know more about the Reading Recovery programme then please speak to Mrs Kirwin, the school’s accredited Reading Recovery Teacher.



A Guide to Book Bands at MRPA

A Guide to Book Band Levels in EYFS & KS1

At MRPA reading books are graded by difficulty using reading levels known as Book Bands. Book Banding is based on a national scheme that grades children’s reading books according to the difficulty of the text. These are linked to the National Curriculum end of year expectations for reading. Each book band has its own colour.

The books within the colour bands will give a variety of reading experiences for children, whilst supporting them at their correct reading level. Your child will be assessed for the correct Book Band colour by their teacher and they will read books within that colour during their weekly guided sessions at school.  This is known as their INSTRUCTIONAL level.  Your child will bring home books from the colour band below their instructional level.  This is known as their EASY level.  Don’t be alarmed if your child’s home reading book seems ‘too easy’ for them.  That’s exactly how we want it to be. This ‘easy’ reading has many benefits, including building confidence, providing opportunities for the children to practise their de-coding, fluency and phrasing skills, increasing their reading mileage/stamina, as well as providing opportunities to develop their comprehension skills, ie an understanding of what they have read.

The chart below gives an indication of the range of Book Band levels at which most children will be reading as they progress through school. The chart shows the progress of an ‘average’ band of children- but no individual child is ‘average’, so no 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.  If you have any questions or queries about your child’s reading progress, please don’t hesitate to speak to their class teacher.

Colour Band School/Year Group Expectations
Pink End of Nursery
Yellow End of Reception
Turquoise End of Year 1
White End of Year 2

A Word of Caution!


You will be doing your child no favours if you rush them through books.  It is not a race, it is a journey!  Children learn at different rates just as they learn to walk, dress themselves etc. at different rates.  Reading must not be treated as a competition.  If children are rushed through the books they will not achieve the enjoyment and understanding necessary.  Books that they find too difficult will soon put them off reading!


Things to Remember


Do hear your child read every day.

Little and often is more beneficial than a long session once a week.

Think about how long you are reading for – the amount of reading time shouldn’t exceed your child’s span of attention.

Pick your timing carefully – it’s best not to embark on a reading session when your child is tired.

Every child is an individual – try not to compare your child’s progress with other children or with brothers and sisters. 


“Parents can instil a love of reading long before a child goes to school and deepen that love of reading as the child grows up.”


Enjoy reading with your child and help them become lifelong readers.



Scholastic Book Club




If you haven’t already done so, there is still time to browse through our latest Scholastic Book Club.  Just go to www.schools.scholastic.co.uk/manchester-road to see the latest books and place your order.

Please place your order online by Friday 17th June.


Easter Holiday Events at Droylsden Library

Look out for the following activities & events at Droylsden Library over the Easter holidays:-

Fantastic Mr Fox
A fun and free creative writing workshop for children in year 2 and year 3 (age 6 – 8) at
Droylsden Library on Thursday 7 April, 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Places are limited, so please contact the library  on 0161 370-1282 to reserve your FREE place.

Under The Sea

Crafts and activities with a Sea Creatures theme for children aged 4 – 11 and their parents and carers. Free drop-in activity at Droylsden Library on Thursday 14th April, 2.15-3.15pm.     No booking required. Just turn up!

Scholastic Book Club

Thank you to everyone who ordered from our first Scholastic Book Club. Books should be arriving soon! We are delighted to let you know that thanks to your support we earned £61.00 to spend on books for the school. Please look out for our next Book Club to order great books at great prices and earn loads of free books for our school while you do.