Core Texts

There are 5 Core Texts for each year group (Reception – Year 6). These texts are graded by difficulty
(1 below year group expectation, 3 at year group expectation, 1 above year group expectation).

Reception

Difficulty: EASY
Reading Age: <5
Reading Recovery Level: 1,2
Book Band Colour: Pink

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: <5
Reading Recovery Level: 1,2
Book Band Colour: Pink

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: <5
Reading Recovery Level: 1,2
Book Band Colour: Pink

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 5
Reading Recovery Level: 3,4,5
Book Band Colour: Red

Difficulty: HARD
Reading Age: 5
Reading Recovery Level: 3,4,5
Book Band Colour: Red

Year 1

Difficulty: EASY
Reading Age: 5.5
Reading Recovery Level: 6,7,8
Book Band Colour: Yellow

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 5.5-6
Reading Recovery Level: 9,10,11
Book Band Colour: Blue

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 6-6.5
Reading Recovery Level: 12,13,14
Book Band Colour: Green

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 6.5-7
Reading Recovery Level: 15,16
Book Band Colour: Orange

Difficulty: HARD
Reading Age: 7
Reading Recovery Level: 17,18
Book Band Colour: Turquoise

Year 2

Difficulty: EASY
Reading Age: 7-7.5
Reading Recovery Level: 19,20
Book Band Colour: Purple

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 7.5-8
Reading Recovery Level: 21,22
Book Band Colour: Gold

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 7.5-8
Reading Recovery Level: 21,22
Book Band Colour: Gold

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 7.5-8
Reading Recovery Level: 21,22
Book Band Colour: Gold

Difficulty: HARD
Reading Age: 8-8.5
Reading Recovery Level: 23,24
Book Band Colour: White

Year 3

Difficulty: EASY
Reading Age: 8.5-9
Reading Recovery Level: 25,26
Book Band Colour: Lime

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 8.5-9
Reading Recovery Level: 25,26
Book Band Colour: Lime

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 9-9.5
Reading Recovery Level: 27,28
Book Band Colour: Brown

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 9-9.5
Reading Recovery Level: 27,28
Book Band Colour: Brown

Difficulty: HARD
Reading Age: 9-9.5
Reading Recovery Level: 27,28
Book Band Colour: Brown

Year 4

Difficulty: EASY
Reading Age: 9-9.5
Reading Recovery Level: 27,28
Book Band Colour: Brown

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 9.5-10
Reading Recovery Level: 29,30
Book Band Colour: Grey

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 9.5-10
Reading Recovery Level: 29,30
Book Band Colour: Grey

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 9.5-10
Reading Recovery Level: 29,30
Book Band Colour: Grey

Difficulty: HARD
Reading Age: 9.5-10
Reading Recovery Level: 29,30
Book Band Colour: Grey

Year 5

Difficulty: EASY
Reading Age: 9.5-10
Reading Recovery Level: 29,30
Book Band Colour: Grey

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 10
Book Band Colour: Blue (KS2)

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 10
Book Band Colour: Blue (KS2)

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 10
Book Band Colour: Blue (KS2)

Difficulty: HARD
Reading Age: 10
Book Band Colour: Blue (KS2)

Year 6

Difficulty: EASY
Reading Age: 11
Book Band Colour: Red (KS2)

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 11
Book Band Colour: Red (KS2)

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 11
Book Band Colour: Red (KS2)

Difficulty: MEDIUM
Reading Age: 11
Book Band Colour: Red (KS2)

Difficulty: HARD
Reading Age: 11
Book Band Colour: Red (KS2)