Please see this page for information on our reading (including phonics) curriculum and its place in wider school life.

Reading at St Wulstan's


We understand that reading and wider English skills are the keys to all learning and being a fully participating member of society who can communicate effectively with others. We aim for all learners to leave our school equipped with a strong command of reading across all subjects as well as the ability and desire to read widely for pleasure. A strong command of reading enables a pupil to read fluently, confidently and with good understanding. We intend that pupils can discuss their reading eloquently and clearly, drawing upon the wide vocabulary that they have gained through reading, speaking and listening opportunities. Pupils will enjoy reading widely and have an appreciation of our rich literary heritage.


Reading is taught as a priority daily to all learners. Pupils are taught phonics daily via the Read, Write, Inc. Phonics programme in Reception and Year 1, or until they are confident and fluent at decoding. This may be in the form of Read, Write Inc. Fresh Start for those working in Key Stage Two. Phonic skills continue to be revisited and drawn upon throughout the rest of the school as pupils develop their reading skills via daily VIPERS reading lessons. They continue to apply and develop reading skills across the curriculum as reading opportunities are built into all subjects. A range of high-quality texts are carefully selected to support and challenge all learners as well as providing rich and varied reading opportunities to promote a love of reading. Pupils are given choice in their reading material, including carefully matched home reading texts and library books. We promote reading throughout the school via parent engagement activities, World Book Week, author and theatre visits and trips to Stourport Library.


The impact of our teaching and whole-school approach to reading can be seen through the pupils’ enjoyment and enthusiasm of reading and their ability to decode and understand texts. Our pupils can decode with fluency and accuracy and use these skills to discuss their reading with confidence. This may be seen in reading lessons, lessons across the curriculum, conversations with pupils and our data, including our phonic checks and end of key stage data. This includes children achieving age-related expectations as well as pupils achieving greater depth in reading. We can be confident that our learners leave our school equipped with the reading skills needed for them to thrive in the next stage of their education.

We were very proud of our 2021 end-of-key-stage official results


EYFS Reading Year 1 Phonic Check End of Key Stage 1 Results End of Key Stage 2 Results
90% ELG 77% Expected 80% Expected 89% Expected
# # 30% Greater Depth 53% Greater Depth

VIPERS Reading

VIPERS Reading is an approach to reading comprehension that is taught from Year 2 upwards. Year 1 and Reception are taught reading comprehension through the Read, Write Inc. Phonics programme. Year 1 will begin VIPERS Reading after the Phonic Check in June

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.


Please see below resources to support your child with reading at home. These include resources shared at Mrs Tasker's recent 'Reading for Pleasure and Understanding' workshop in the Autumn Term and the 'Sharing a Text' workshop in the Spring Term. Please contact your child's class teacher or Mrs Tasker (English Lead) if you would like any further support or have any questions regarding reading

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