Introducing the Reading VIPERS.
We continually evaluate and review the curriculum in school to ensure it gives our pupils the best possible education and experiences. As a result of recent training, and subsequent evaluation of our reading provision, we have decided to compliment our RWInc Reading resources with the VIPERS reading tool. This acronym allows pupils to easily recognise and talk about the strategies they are expected to use to help them with their reading comprehension skills. VIPERS stands for: Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explanation, Retrieval and Summary. Children will be introduced to each skill, as appropriate, within their guided reading session and you may from time to time see reference to these skills in your child’s home/school reading diary if they have discussed a particular skill during their reading time with an adult in school.
To see examples of questions children may be asked to show their comprehension skills, please have a look at the VIPERS links below. If you require any further information about this new tool please feel free to speak to your child’s class teacher.
The Reading Vipers.
Helping at home.
The best way you can help and support your child at home is by reading with them as much as you can. I know this can be tricky when your little ones come home tired from a long day at school and you have lots of other after school activities planned, but just 10 minuets a day could make all the difference to your child’s progress. All children should have a book from school that they can read at home and we encourage our children to read in school each and every day, whether that is to another adult, a peer, an older child, one of our reading volunteers or just quietly to themselves. If you would like any help or advice on how you can best support your child with their reading then please make an appointment to speak to their class teacher, or catch us on the playground at the end of the day. There is also a link below to the Oxford Owl website which will allow you access some free, age-appropriate ebooks and some ideas to help you support your child with phonics at home.
You can also find a range of other resources on this site including spelling lists, math activities and story time from authors and other adults. Don’t forget even our oldest children still enjoy being read to and it can be a lovely way to spend some quiet, quality time with your children!