Purple books will start to have more of the longer sentences and a wider range of challenging vocabulary. Many purple books will start to have shorter chapters to encourage a child’s reading ability. Children will have encountered more of the high frequency words by this level, and teachers will be promoting reading for pleasure.
- Read silently in their head for longer periods of time
- Read longer books with short chapters
- Read fiction, non-fiction and poetry
- Sound out most unfamiliar words as they read
- Use a dictionary to find the meaning of a word
- Explain why they think a book is good or not
How to support your child:
Your child is now beginning to read with more independence and their books are getting longer. You can help them by:
- Encouraging them to read some pages silently, inside their heads.
- Listening to them read some pages aloud, encouraging the use of expression and paying attention to punctuation marks.
- Talking about how events in the book relate to each other and helping your child to understand how the story builds up in a longer book.
- Asking them to tell you about interesting things they found out and to show you where the information is in the book.