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Reading at Maybury

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Reading is at the heart of our whole curriculum. We recognise the foundations for teaching the English National Curriculum begin in Early Years with the development of a high quality programme planned within Communication, Language and Literacy. Many children enter our schools with very poor language skills, limited exposure to books, spoken English and opportunities to share stores. Therefore, teaching children to communicate and engage with stories is vital from the very early stages of their journey with us through primary school. As an inclusive school, our curriculum recognises the varied needs of our children and allows every child to maximise their learning potential and achieve. Our aim is to prepare them for the application of English Reading skills across the whole curriculum and life beyond education. We believe reading is a passport to the world and strongly feel that cultivating a “reading for pleasure” culture in our schools is imperative. Reading consists of two dimensions: word reading and comprehension. During our sessions we teach explicit VIPERS skills. These reading sessions are separate from our Literacy lessons, although texts may complement literacy or another curriculum areas.  

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

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.


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

1a draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand texts


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


1c identify and explain the sequences of events in texts


1d make inferences from the text


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



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

2a Give/explain the meaning of words in context


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


2c summarise main ideas from more than one paragraph


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


2e predict what might happen from details stated or implied


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


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


2h make comparisons within a text



Reading for pleasure books


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6