Whole Class Reading:
From the start of Autumn term 2020, we at St Philip’s have moved away from a guided reading small focus group approach and instead now deliver the teaching of reading in a whole class environment. From KS1, children learn the reading domains inline with the KS1 curriculum. Children transition between Years 1 and 2 from a guided group focus to a whole class setting.
At St. Philip’s CE Primary, Reading Dogs are used to support the teaching of reading across EYFS and KS1. Reading VIPERS are used to support children with their reading comprehension skills form Years 3-6. VIPERS are a range of reading prompts based on the 2016 reading Content Domain Areas (CDAs) found in the National Curriculum Test Framework. Children are explicitly taught the skills of reading (outlined in the National Curriculum and the KS1 and KS2 test domains) through the use of VIPERS which were created by Rob Smith (The Literacy Shed). In EYFS and KS1, each class display the reading dogs in each classroom and in KS2 each classroom display the Reading VIPERS in their classroom and the class teacher makes explicit links to the skill the children will be learning about. This gives all children across the school a common language to discuss their reading knowledge and understanding.
All children will be working on the domains of the Reading Dogs/ VIPERS during class reading, whether it is reading as a class, in a small group, or one-to-one with an adult.
Below is a link to the Literacy Shed website where there is a set of example comprehension questions that can be used when reading with your child at home.
Below is the link for sentence stems linked to Reading Dogs used in KS1.
Our whole class reading lessons take place once a week focus reading lesson that teaches and models the reading skills covered in Reading Dogs (early years and KS1) and VIPERS (KS2). This is evidenced in our English books.
As well as this, children need a comprehension lesson once every two weeks linked to their English unit/foundation topics where children have the opportunities to access a full text that allows them to answer a mixture of comprehension questions as well as developing their reading stamina.