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At school we use something called VIPERS to teach reading to the children. Although we only introduced it this year, we have already noticed the impact it has had on the children's comprehension knowledge so it would be amazing if you could try and use it at home when working with your children. Keep reading to find out more!


What are Vipers?

VIPERS is an anagram 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 teachers ask, and students are familiar with, a range of questions.  They allow the teacher to track the type of questions asked and the children’s responses to these which allows for targeted questioning afterwards.


Please continue encouraging your children to read every day and complete their reading journal - these will be checked when everyone returns to school.


Remember reading doesn't just have to be books, it could be reading recipes, newspapers, online magazines or blogs.


If you run out of things to read David Walliams is releasing a free audiobook every day which you can listen to by visiting


Below you can also find access to some other reading ideas your child can have a go at!