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To link with our topic, our class text this term will be ‘The Wreck of the Zanzibar’ by Michael Morpurgo.  We will use our VIPERS skills to explore the text as well as using it as a stimulus for some of our writing activities. 


We will also be using books relating to the life of Jacques Cousteau as we explore his life and contribution to exploring and conserving our seas and oceans.  

Reading at River in KS2 for Parents

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 read their home reading book, returning it to school on the appointed days, so that they can enjoy some of our new school reading books and read a wide genres of texts. 


Reading lots at home also has a really positive impact on the children's writing as hey absorb vocabulary and learn different writing techniques from other authors.  


We encourage the children to read a wide variety of texts both through their reading material at home; visiting local libraries with families or accessing their online resources as well as reading books that are sent home from school.


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.

 As well as books from school, you can access some great books in your current book band level at the Oxford Owls Website ( ) 


Our class logins are:


Curie Class - U: 4curie  P: Curie


Moore Class - U: 4moore  P: Moore 

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