‘Early Readers’ of all ages are taught the phonics that they need (see phonics section) during daily sessions and keep up sessions. We currently follow the principles of ‘Letters and Sounds’ whereby children work systematically to learn the ‘Basic Code’ (the writing and reading of the first 42 sounds) and the related high frequency words which is then followed by learning the ‘Extended Code’ (spelling patterns).
The systematic learning of this code is supported by carefully matched, decodable texts that the children practise regularly with over the course of a week before they are changed. By matching these books carefully to the sounds that the children already know and that they are currently learning, the children can develop their fluency (being able to ‘read on the run’) and in turn they can develop their expression and comprehension. Regular guided reading sessions take place in EYFS and KS1 to offer further support. Those children who are ‘Early Readers’ in KS2 continue to receive phonic intervention and we continue to invest in texts that match both their reading and chronological age/interests.
Across school, reading comprehension is supported by the teaching of VIPERS which takes places at least 3 times a week, from Year 1 upwards. The VIPERS sessions, and the reading domains covered within these sessions, are closely linked to text/writing the children are learning about in their English sessions. VIPERS and reading skills are largely covered in the ‘Reading as a Reader’ phase of the English sessions. VIPERS is an anagram to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum. They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.
VIPERS stands for:
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 content domains, rather 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 content domains of 2F, 2G and 2H which are not present in KS1.
Reading for Enjoyment
Children are offered story time at least 3 times a week. As part of this, the class/teacher choose an age-appropriate text. The aim of this time is to allow children to enjoy a story without stopping unpicking/analysing the content of the book and as such, the book is chosen with this in mind. Along with this, every day ERIC (Everyone Read in Class) is timetabled to take place in school to offer children the opportunity to enjoy their chosen book in school.
In EYFS, children have access to story bags which contain carefully chosen books and resources to share with a grown up at home. In KS1 and KS2, children have access to a bookshelf of carefully chosen literature from a range of genres and authors from which they can choose a book to take home to read/read in school. Each classroom has an inviting reading corner for the children to utilise. Teachers across each cohort also order topic related texts from the ELS on a termly basis to add to the books available for the children to share and enjoy.
All children across the school have access to a library from which they can loan a book. We have two libraries at Milford: one for EYFS/KS1 and one for KS2. Both libraries are exciting spaces with a large selection of books on offer.