A child's reading skills are important to their success in school as they will allow them to access the breadth of the curriculum and improve their communication and language skills. In addition, reading can be a fun and imaginative time for children, which opens doors to all kinds of new worlds for them.
Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance. Likewise, evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who do not, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.
In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school more than their social or economic background.
We encourage the children to read regularly at home and provide a range of certificates, which are presented during celebration assembly, to recognise their work.
At Mildmay Junior School we teach reading and the understanding of texts through VIPERS. This takes place 3 times a week during whole class reading sessions. Some children may also be heard read individually during the week to support their fluency and understanding.
VIPERS is a range of reading prompts based on the KS2 2016 reading content. The class read a text together and then answer a range of questions targeting specific reading skills.
The document below explains each area of VIPERS questions in more detail.