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Our Lady and St Rose of Lima
Catholic Primary School & Nursery

Learning, Living, Loving Together in Christ

Our Approach to Reading

Early Reading & Phonics


THREE reasons why we have caught the Phonics Bug!  


1. It's made teaching and learning phonics fun again with CBeebies videos, interactive games and captivating readers and eBooks.

2.  You can monitor progress at a glance - eBook quizzes feed the scores to you automatically! 


3. You know it is working because it’s mapped to Letters and Sounds phases and based on a proven teaching methods.



KS2 Reading

A 'Whole Class Reading' approach.

Here at St Rose, we believe that it is imperative that the children are read to every day for 15 minutes. This might take place either just before lunch, just after or at the end of the day. The class novels that are selected by teachers are challenging and taken from the 100 Books list for their Phase Group. 

Each class will study this book further twice a week with the children in reading lessons.  Monday and Friday are based around the class novel. We ensure all children are on the ‘same page’ and that teachers are experts in texts that they select. Summarising and predicting are easier when using a full story that the children are au fait with. Tuesday through Thursday are teacher’s choice. They can use novels, poems, non-fiction, songs and picture books. Children get a wide diet of these.  These three days, will ‘link together’ either by theme or genre. 


Reading Skills - VIPERS

VIPERS is an acronym 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






Sequence or Summarise


The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc.  As such, VIPERS is not a reading scheme but rather a method of ensuring that students are familiar with a range of questions as these are the styles of questions that they will experience in any reading comprehensions and reading assessments. 

To see example questions stems that you could ask your child when reading at home, see the document below...

KS2 Reading at Home

Each child is given a book and reading diary to take home. We ask you to read daily with your child to support them in making progress in their reading. The books that they are given are levelled at set based on their reading ability. As they become more competent readers, they will move up stages. Please be advised that this does not mean when they have read all the books in that stage. Some children may take longer to develop the skills required for their stage and some may move quickly and not need to read an entire set. 

As well as reading their stage books, we encourage you to read a wide range of texts at home - online resources, books from the library, age appropriate comics and newspapers for example. The wider diet your child has, the greater their reading will progress. 

Online Resources


Don't forget to make use of the online resources that you have been given access to! 

Your child has been given log in details to access these sites.