"I enjoy reading all the fun books in school and helping my friends if they don’t know a word" - Ffion White


At Finlay Community School, we follow Read Write Inc to deliver phonics, beginning in Pre School. Read Write Inc. Phonics is a literacy programme developed to help pupils learn to read. In the programme, pupils learn sounds and the letters the represent these sounds as well as how to form the letters. Then, they read books written using only the letters and sounds they have learnt (and a small number of separately taught 'red words'). This gives the pupils plenty of early success and builds up their reading confidence.

At Finlay Community School phonics is taught daily from Pre School to year 2, systematically teaching all of the common sounds in the English language, helping pupils to recognise the sounds and then 'sound blend' them into words for reading. In doing so, pupils become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

"I enjoy reading all the fun books in school and helping my friends if they don’t know a word" - Ffion White

Teaching Reading in Year 2-6


From Year 2 to Year 6, we use VIPERS as our approach to teaching reading. The children have a reading lesson daily, where they study an age appropriate text and answer focussed questions which develop the VIPERS skills. These skills are in line with the National Curriculum



Vocabulary questions involve:

  • Can you think of a synonym for…?

  • Look at the whole sentence; what do you think … means?

  • What do the words … and … suggest about the character/mood?

  • Find and copy a word that means…?



Inference involves using authorial clues to deduce meaning. Questions include:

  • What impression do you get of… in this paragraph?

  • Who is telling the story?

  •  How do you think … is feeling in this section of the story?



The skill of prediction involves ‘guessing’ what might happen based on clues that you are given. The questions include:

  • Look at the cover of the story. What do you think it might be about?

  • What do you think will happen next?




Questions with an ‘Explain’ focus include:

  • Why is the text arranged this way?

  • What structure has the author used?

  • What is the purpose of this text feature?

  • What is the author’s point of view?




The skill of retrieval involves children finding the information from the text.

  • How did…?

  • How often did…?

  • What happened to…?

  • Give one example of…?




The skill of summarising involves the children sequencing events in order, summarising the key points of the text, or even using a certain amount of words to sum up the main events. Questions include:

  • Can you number these events from 1-5 in the order that they happen?

  • What was the first thing that happened in the story?

  • Can you summarise in one sentence the beginning/middle/end of the story?

  • In what order do these chapter headings come in the story?



These VIPERS style questions can be used to support the children when reading at home. Parents/carers can use these question stems to assess comprehension and deepen children’s understanding.

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Useful Information

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