This term, we will be reading the first few chapters of Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo and comparing this to the book Viking Boy written by Tony Bradman. We will be using our VIPERS skills to help us understand the text focusing on the feelings and thoughts of characters based on their actions. This will develop our ability to justify our ideas by giving reasons and using the text to support them. The document above gives lots of different questions you can ask your children at home when they read with you, this is very important for developing their comprehension skills as well as their word reading skills.
It is really important for children to regularly return their home reading book to school so that they can enjoy some of our new school reading books and wide a wide genres of texts.
Use the VIPERS questions at home to help you understand the texts you are reading.
Vocabulary - questions that focus on the meaning of words and understanding why the author has used certain words or phrases.
Infer - questions that focus on using clues from the text to understand character thoughts/feelings/actions and being able to show this evidence.
Predict - questions that focus on understanding what happens next and what role the characters will play in the story. Use evidence from the text to prove your predictions.
Explain - questions that focus on giving a detailed explanation e.g. explaining similarities and differences between events/characters or explaining your opinion about topics.
Retrieve - questions where you can 'grab' the answer from the text.
Summarise - questions that focus ask you to 'sum up' what has happened or putting events in order.
Remember to keep reading regularly at home and bringing your book into school. We encourage the children to read a wide variety of texts both through their reading material at home and the books that are sent home from school.
Reading lots at home also has a really positive impact on the children's writing as they can learn different writing techniques from other authors.