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Reading in Year 2 and beyond…

By now your child will have completed the phonics programme and will be concentrating on reading fluently and understanding different spelling rules.

The reading books are still colour-coded to ensure they are reading books at their level.

It is still very important that children read daily at home to practise. Asking them questions about what they have read is also important.

The books in school are book-banded and come from a variety of reading schemes and ‘free-reading’ books. We are constantly investing in new books and work closely with local bookshops and authors to promote books and reading. Our goal is to have a school library that is as inviting and exciting as a fantastic bookshop.

Children will be taught comprehension skills using the Reading Journal approach. We have found that this engages children in reading, teaches comprehension without focusing on test practice, and encourages LOTS of book talk. We love it!

They are taught to answer various types of comprehension question using the VIPERS approach:

V: Vocabulary (what words mean)

I: Inference (what the author might be suggesting without actually saying it!)

P: Prediction (what might happen next)

E: Explanation (what did the author mean?)

R: Retrieve ( getting information that is written in the text)

S: Summarise (Being able to say/write down the key events in a few words)

Please download the VIPERS question packs to support your child with their reading…

Here are some thoughts about reading from our KS2 Junior Leaders:

We have Junior Leaders for all aspects of the curriculum who help us to review what we teach and how we teach it. So far, our Junior Reading Leaders have helped to review class libraries, the school library and make suggestions for improvements.

“I think it is fun to see what happens in the book.” Y3

“It takes me away to a different place.” Y3

“It makes me feel like I am in a different world.” Y4

“I read because it helps your mental health and it’s fun.” Y4

“I like to learn new things.” Y5

“I find it very relaxing and a break from stress.” Y5

“No matter where I am, I am almost certain I am guaranteed a new adventure. I see reading as a passport to countless adventures.” Y6

“It opens up imagination to everyone and it relaxes muscles and escapes stress.” Y6

“I think it is fun and it will have a big impact on my future. It also helps me feel relaxed.” Y6

“Reading and enjoying lots of different stories was the key to writing my first book. I always wanted to be a writer and, although it took until I was 45 before I finally sat down and did it, all of the time spent reading other people’s amazing stories (including the ones children wrote in school) made it possible.” Mr Ruffell

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