At Busbridge C of E Junior School, we aim to ensure that children:
VIPERS Reading Lessons
Once a week, each class has a VIPERS reading lesson that focuses on developing the children’s reading skills. Children read a range of texts and acquire the skills through explicit teaching, questioning and reading activities. The children work as a whole class, in groups, with partners and individually to provide challenge and support at their level. Lessons may focus on one specific skill or cover a range depending on the needs of the children in the class. All skills will be regularly covered within the year.
The skills of reading can be broken down into seven different strands. The first is fluency which involves the ability to read with speed and accuracy using their phonics knowledge as well as reading with appropriate expression. The remaining six strands can be separated into VIPERS:
Vocabulary – word meaning and understanding language used in context.
Inference – making inferences from the text. Explaining and justifying using evidence from the text.
Predict – predicting what may happen from the details both stated and implied.
Explain – identify and explain how information or narrative content is related and contributes to the meaning of the text.
Retrieval – retrieve and record key information and details from the text.
Sequence and Summarise – putting events in order, knowing what happens before or after an event. Summarise the main ideas from the text.
Below are some useful documents, including a parents VIPERS guide.
Parents can find more about our approach to reading in the context of National guidance here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-reading-framework-teaching-the-foundations-of-literacy
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