At Sundridge & Brasted, reading is at the heart of all we do. We believe that for children to develop a love of learning they must first develop a love of reading. We ensure that children are able to listen to and read high quality texts every day and our curriculum is designed to fully immerse children into a story as their learning journey for the term continues.
At Sundridge and Brasted, once children have graduated from the RWI programme, we teach reading through the Whole Class Reading approach, with VIPERS being at the heart of that.
VIPERS stands for:
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Lessons revolve around the class novel, which the class teacher will read to the children for 15 minutes. This is sacred time that simply cannot be missed. At Sundridge and Brasted, we believe that this sharing of a beloved novel is a vital part of children loving reading. Questions will then be asked based on what they have read. In some lessons, children may take turns reading out loud, or in their heads.
Key benefits of using Whole Class Reading and VIPERS:
The Assessment of Reading and Ensuring Progress is made:
We are incredibly proud of our gorgeous, well resourced library. Our library is full of books that are part of the Accelerated Reader system that are suitable for all children from Reception right the way through to Year 6.
We also have a wide variety of non fiction texts that are borrowed by classes through out the year to help with topic based research.
We have also recently opened an account with Sevenoaks Library and are really excited to see what lovely books we can borrow over the coming year.