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This term we will be reading Stone Age Boy.

We will be starting by ensuring we understand vocabulary, using the meaning of the sentence and dictionaries to help us. We will also practise our retrieval skills. We will begin to look at inferring character feelings and using evidence to support this.


In school we use the "VIPERS" approach. The following question starters will support your child when reading at home.




• What do the words ...... and …… suggest about the character, setting and mood?

• Which word tells you that….?

• Which keyword tells you about the character/setting/mood?

• Find one word in the text which means……

• Find and highlight the word that is closest in meaning to…….

• Find a word or phrase which shows/suggests that…….




• Find and copy a group of words which show that…

• How do these words make the reader feel? How does this paragraph suggest this?

• How do the descriptions of …… show that they are ……..

• How can you tell that……

• What impression of …… do you get from these paragraphs?

• What voice might these characters use?

• What was …. thinking when…..

• Who is telling the story?



• How would you describe this story/text? What genre is it? How do you know?

• How did…? • How often…? • Who had…? Who is…? Who did….?

• What happened to…?

• What does…. do?

• How ….. is ……..? • What can you learn from …… from this section?

• Give one example of……

• The story is told from whose perspective?


Reading at Home

At River, our books are organised into coloured book bands and include books from a wide range of schemes.

We encourage children to become independent in their book choices and develop a love for reading. With this in mind, they may bring home a book they have previously read.  This could be because they have enjoyed it or simply forgotten they have had it before! It is good practise for children to re-read books to build up their fluency and understanding.


Due to COVID-19, books are sent home on a Monday, children should then bring them in on the Friday. They will be left in their individual trays over the weekend and changed individually the following Monday.


Children should read every day. This could be with an adult, older sibling or independently. Children should be asked questions about what they have read to ensure they have a good comprehension of the text. You can use the VIPERS question prompts that we use in school to help create questions.

Please write in their reading record and adults will respond where needed should you have any reading related questions.


Please also record any other reading opportunities children have engaged with at home. This may include texts such as reading a favourite book of their own, comics, newspapers or recipes. The possibilities are endless!