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Reading for Meaning

Reading for Meaning

‘Shared and Guided Reading’

Reading comprehension strategies are taught across the school through the use of V.I.P.E.R.S questioning in all shared and guided reading sessions. Shared/Guided reading may be taught in small group and whole class sessions and takes place at least three times per week. V.I.P.E.R.S is an acronym to aid the children’s recall of the six key reading skills which they need to develop in order to become fluent, confident readers with secure understanding of what they have read independently.


  • Vocabulary

  • Inference

  • Prediction

  • Explanation

  • Retrieval

  • Sequence or Summarise


Through effective, teacher led, questioning children develop an understanding of the language of different question types and increasingly proficient at applying reading comprehension strategies to retrieve answers from the text and where necessary, provide evidence to support their reasoning and ideas.

V.I.P.E.R.S Question Stems