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What are Vipers? 

VIPERS is an acronym 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. At Lyndhurst, we use the reading VIPERS to ensure we teach and cover all the skills necessary for children to learn to become fluent readers.

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.

Using these questions when talking to your child about reading at home will match the work we do in school and benefit your child massively as they move through school.

 Reading VIPERS Key Stage 1.pdfDownload
 Reading VIPERS Key Stage 2.pdfDownload
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