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Reading at River in KS2 for Parents


To link with our topic, our class text this term will be ‘Demon Dentist’ by David Walliams.  We will use our VIPERS skills to predict what will happen at various points of the story.  We will consider how characters are developed and how the author uses words to build suspense as well as humour. 

We will also be using the text ‘The little mole who knew it was none of his business’ to support our learning about the digestive system in our topic sessions. 

We will take the opportunity to respond to a mystery picture book during ‘Take One Book Week’, inferring the story from the incredible, powerful images in this modern classic.



We will also be using our VIPERS skills to help us understand the text and will explore the language and techniques used by the author. 


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.




Below are lists of some great books for year 4 children: