Our reading curriculum
Early reading and phonics - please click here to find out how this is taught and covered.
We teach reading using VIPERS as a consistent and clear approach to the reading curriculum. All of our children learn what they stand for and what those sort of questions look like (and how to answer them!)
In Key Stage 1, we work in small groups to develop our reading skills and learn to decode and enjoy a variety of books together. In Key Stage 2, we teach through whole class reading and focus on the different skills that VIPERS cover. We use books that are linked to our topics or are quality texts chosen from the Power of Reading. For example, Year 5 will learn about World War 2 in their topic and will read Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll. All of our reading lessons will be linked to this text or to non-fiction texts about World War 2. This way, our children learn to develop their reading skills and vocabulary in context, Two of our weekly VIPERS sessions are oracy-based and then our longer lesson on a Monday focuses on a particular skill from VIPERS.
Year 5 have been part of the PALS trial this year and have been working on their reading fluency and comprehension. Further information about this trial can be found here https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/projects-and-evaluation/projects/pals-uk
We have learning journeys for each class to help our pupils, staff and parents understand what reading is like across the school and how progression and reading for pleasure is ensured. We also have a very active library and reading events and enhancements throughout the year. Please see Celebration of reading for more information. Below is our Year 5 Reading Journey.
Please see our Reading Learning Journeys for each class in our school. It shows you how they grow and progress as a reader looking at our curriculum, interventions, enhancements and range of texts used.