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Guided Reading

Our guided reading approach is informed by extensive research into comprehension strategy instruction, as recommended by the EEF. 

The aims of the sessions are to engage with texts, respond to them, talk about them and develop deeper understanding (comprehension).

Once children have completed RWI Phonics, they take part in guided reading sessions. During the sessions, we focus on developing key comprehension strategies through careful modelling and supported practice.


The sessions utilise a wide variety of texts and seek to: 

  • Encourage critical and evaluative thinking through the use of open prompts, questions, and invitations
  • Encourage reference to the text to support their thinking
  • Build towards group dialogue
  • Encourage personal responses from the children
  • Enable children to support their opinions with evidence from the text and to change and adapt their ideas in response to others

We use VIPERS to support the structure of guided reading. VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas that we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts.