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Reading Intent Statement

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.

Vipers in Reading

Reading at Thames View is taught every day. 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:

Reading Vipers

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.

Here are some helpful tips for reading with your child at home


Looking for something new to read with your child? Click our recommended reads to see what is on our lists.

Our Reading Overviews

DEAR time Overview 2021-2022

Autumn 1

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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.

Click here to visit our phonics page.

Bug Club

Every child at Thames view Junior school has a Bug Club log in.

Bug Club combines printed books with interactive eBooks and a unique learning platform which is proven to make 30 months of progress in reading in just 18 months.

Children can sign in from here 

Bug Club” Reading Scheme / Darllen – Blaenbaglan Primary School