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Reading at Maybury

During our Cracking Comprehension sessions and Reading Roundabout sessions we teach explicit VIPERS skills. These reading sessions are separate from our Literacy lessons, although texts may complement literacy or another curriculum areas.  During a typical Reading Roundabout session, the teacher will plan a guided reading session and independent activities that are linked to VIPERS skills. They will share which VIPER skill the children will be focusing on for that session, using displays to reinforce learning.

 

VIPERS (Vocabulary, Infer, Predict, Explain, Retrieve, Sequence or Summaise)

Children are explicitly taught the skills of reading (as outlined in the National Curriculum) through the use of VIPERS which were created by Rob Smith (The Literacy Shed).

The Reading Vipers can be used by both KS1 and KS2 with a little adaption. The main difference being in the S.

Sequence -  KS1

Summarise - KS2

In KS1, ‘Explain’; is not one of the key areas however, it asks children why they have come to a certain conclusion, to explain their preferences, thoughts and opinions about a text.

In KS2, the Explain section covers the additional national curriculum contents of 2F, 2G and 2H which are not in KS1.

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Key Stage 1

 In Key Stage One children reading skills are taught and practised using VIPERS during Reading Roundabout session and Reading sessions.

 KS1 Curriculum Reference
VIPER

1a draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts

Vocabulary

1b identify/ explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction, such as characters, events, titles and information.

Retrieve

1c identify and explain the sequences of events in texts

Sequence

1d make inferences from the text

Infer

1e predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so far

Predict

 

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage Two children reading skills are taught and practised using VIPERS during Reading Roundabout session and Reading sessions.

KS2 Content Domain Reference
VIPER

2a Give/explain the meaning of words in context

Vocabulary

2b retrieve and record information/ identify key details from fiction and non/fiction

Retrieve

2c summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph

Summarise

2d make inferences from the text/ explain and justify inferences with evidence from the text

Infer

2e predict what might happen from details stated or implied

Predict

2f identify/explain how information/ narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a whole

Explain

2g identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrases

Explain

2h make comparisons within a text

Explain