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Why do we use the scheme we use?
At Wadhurst, we follow the Wadhurst Reading Approach. Within dedicated daily reading lessons, we teach the six core skills of reading, or ‘VIPERS’. VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the six reading domains as part of the National 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 six domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency etc.  Fluency is delivered through: daily reading and group reading, Sounds Write lessons and cross curricular reading in foundation subjects. The Wadhurst Reading Approach uses the VIPERS skills to ensure that teachers ask, and children are familiar with, a range of questions. Through this, teachers explicitly model each of the VIPERS skills and how to implement these skills when faced with a range of question types. Children are then encouraged to have a go through the ‘I do, we do, you do’ strategy before working to apply the taught skill independently. 

This approach was chosen as it allows the teacher to track the type of questions asked and assess where the children’s strengths are within each of the 6 areas of reading comprehension.

Our Principles For Great Teaching In Reading

Reading Principles

If our children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the reflection on what they know and remember in regards to our mapped knowledge goals for each year group, tracking knowledge through ongoing formative assessment opportunities in and across lessons. The impact of our English curriculum is that our pupils are equipped with the knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the next stage of their curriculum and for life as an adult in the world outside the classroom.

We expect that when children leave Wadhurst children will be able to:

  • Read easily, fluently and with a high level of understanding
  • Are able to use each of the six domains of reading to demonstrate a high level of reading comprehension
  • Develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and for information
  • Acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
We will be able to evidence that children have achieved this through.......
  • Listening to readers and pupil conferencing 
  • Summative and formative assessment
  • Children’s application in class across all areas
  • Feedback/ case studies from interventions- provision maps
  • Improved attainment in reading

Beyond Wadhurst
We believe that when children leave Wadhurst CE Primary they will be able to read fluently, and with confidence, in any subject in their forthcoming secondary education.  They will have an appreciation and love of reading that brings them wonder and joy and opens up their curious minds as they go out into the world. They will have developed a wide vocabulary that allows them to further access knowledge and removes barriers to success. They will be ambitious to continue to read widely across both fiction and non-fiction to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world they live in.

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