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Primary Academy


Our reading lead at Rushden Primary Academy is Miss Anderson. 

We all love reading here at RPA which is why our library is at the heart of our school and why books are at the heart of our curriculum. Our children are taught the value of reading for pleasure and reading widely. Talk for Reading and Booktalk strategies are used to ensure that our children are immersed in quality literature and exposed to ambitious vocabulary.

Intent: Pupils must grow in their ability to decode increasing volumes of text and read with fluency, stamina and appropriate pace. Their exposure to a range of increasingly challenging texts that are relevant to life and learning will help them to understand the purpose and application for their reading skills.

Implementation: Reading teaching will focus on securing skills that will support pupils in engaging with wider life. Their confidence in reading will enable them to make a positive contribution to society and prepare them for accessing the next stage of their education. Pupils will leave their primary years able to make the best life choices, supported by their ability to engage with the modern world through different text forms.

Impact: The reading culture will ensure that all pupils develop a life-long love of reading, whether it be for information, pleasure or other purposes. Pupils will be encouraged to respectfully express their opinions about a variety of texts through careful evaluation considering the context, purpose and audience.

How do we teach reading at RPA?

EYFS and Year 1 learn to read through our Little Wandle phonics scheme. For more information on this please refer to our 'Phonics' page. 

From years 2-6 children are taught the skills of reading (outlined in the National Curriculum and the KS1 and KS2 test domains) through the use of VIPERS in our guided reading sessions. 

The Reading Vipers can be used by both KS1 (Year 2) and KS2 with a little adaption.

The main difference being in the S.

Sequence – KS1

Summarise – KS2

In KS1, ‘Explain’; is not one of the content domains, rather it asks children why they have come to a certain conclusion, to explain their preferences, thoughts and opinions about a text.

In KS2, the Explain section covers the additional content domains of 2F, 2G and 2H which are not present in KS1.

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:

‚ÄčThe 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.

RPA's Reading Spines

Please see below the progression from year 2 to 6 of our texts covered within guided reading sessions. 


The Classroom Environment

Each classroom has a dedicated reading area which includes a variety of class books (fiction and non-fiction) which the children can choose and read for pleasure. In these collections there is a book for everyone! A selection of decodable books are also available for classes to use during independent reading.

Have a look at our guided reading display boards that support learning.