Thornhill Primary School




At Thornhill Primary School, we believe that all pupils should leave us as confident, fluent readers. We recognise that reading is a key to unlocking the rest of the academic curriculum. Being an able reader significantly improves a child’s future academic achievement, wellbeing and success in life.


Reading Intent Statement 



When teaching reading to Key Stage 2 we follow the VIPERS approach.


What are Vipers?

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 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.


reading vipers question stems ks2 pdf.pdf