At Orange level, stories are longer with up to 250-300 words, and there may be an increased use of dialogue to encourage reading with expression. There is an increased proportion of space allocated to print rather than pictures however the illustrations support the overall meaning of the text. Orange Level books introduce some more complex sentences -use of ‘if’, ‘so’ and ‘because’- and include italics to show emphasis. Slightly more literary language is used. Children are increasingly encouraged to infer meaning from the text in order to gain full enjoyment from the story. Non-fiction texts contain more formal sentences and a widening range of unfamiliar terms.
How to support your child reading Orange level books
Your child is now beginning to read with more independence. They should be feeling more confident and will rarely need to sound out words. You can help them by: