At Thames View Junior School, in order to ‘Strive for Excellence’, we believe that all children should be equipped with the skills to access the secondary curriculum by the time they leave primary school. In order to achieve this, we deliver, to our children, the skills to retrieve, infer and deduce information from texts, to comprehend what they have read, to decode and recognise the written word and to be able to actively discuss what they have read. To read across a wide range of genres, fiction and non-fiction and to have fostered a love of reading that will stay with them for life.

Recipricol Reading

Reading at Thames View in year 3-5 is taught every day through recipricol reading. Each session lasts for 30 minutes and covers all of the skills within the reading domains. To support the learning we use VIPERS from Literacy Shed Plus.

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






Sequence or Summarise

The 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.

In year 6 the children are taught in a whole class approach still covering the same domains.

Book Bands

Children at Thames View are assessed to see their level of reading known as book bands.

Please click here to find out more about book band at Thames View Junior School.


Phonics is taught using the Read Write Inc Scheme for selected pupils.