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VIPERS Reading Progression


Whole Class Guided Reading/ VIPERS


Whole class reading is the method used to teach individual children to become equipped and ready to answer a variety of comprehension questions. Children are explicitly taught the skills of reading (outlined in the National Curriculum and the KS1 and KS2 test domains). 



Key Stage 1

KS1 Content Domain ReferenceVIPER
1a draw on knowledge of vocabulary to understand textsVocabulary
1b identify/ explain key aspects of fiction and non-fiction, such as characters, events, titles and information.Retrieve
1c identify and explain the sequences of events in textsSequence
1d make inferences from the textInfer
1e predict what might happen on the basis of what has been read so farPredict


Key Stage 2

KS2 Content Domain ReferenceVIPER
2a Give/explain the meaning of words in contextVocabulary
2b retrieve and record information/ identify key details from fiction and non/fictionRetrieve
2c summarise main ideas from more than one paragraphSummarise
2d make inferences from the text/ explain and justify inferences with evidence from the textInfer
2e predict what might happen from details stated or impliedPredict
2f identify/explain how information/ narrative content is related and contributes to meaning as a wholeExplain
2g identify/explain how meaning is enhanced through choice of words and phrasesExplain
2h make comparisons within a textExplain



In both key stages, reading skills are taught and practised using the VIPERS.


Example of VIPERS style questions for KS1 and KS2.