In KS2 children are taught to develop their reading comprehension skills through the VIPERS approach. VIPERS is a range of reading prompts, developed by The Literacy Shed, based on the reading content domains found in the National Curriculum. The ‘VIPER’ reading skills are: vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation and summarising/sequencing.
Through a combination of whole class and group sessions children work through a series of tasks which will develop their understanding of different types of reading skill.
An example of how questions link to the VIPERS:
V - Can you think of one word that will best describe how the girl's Father is feeling?
I - How is the girl feeling at this point? Use evidence from previous pages to explain why she may be feeling like this.
P - What do you think will happen now her Father has arrived?
E - Explain the difference between her Father in this scene and when we see him in the first two pages of the book.
R - Where are the characters when the girl's father finds them?
S - The Father will want to know what has been happening. Imagine you are the girl, summarise the events in the story so far to tell to her Father.