Rucstall Primary School

A caring, fun loving, learning community


Reading is taught daily. Lessons are focused on a class or group text each week. The children enjoy a rich and diverse range of narratives, poetry and non-fiction texts. Children are taught to develop their fluency and appreciation of narrative. In addition to this, they learn prompts and skills to help evaluate, analyse and articulate answers to comprehension questions. The skills they learn are linked to what we call VIPERS. These are the VIPERS skills:









Independent Reading

We encourage all our children to read every day and to record their reading in their reading journals. This is monitored by the teacher each week and celebrated in our Friday assembly when children achieve a significant milestone e.g. 25 days. Children who read over 300 days in a year are taken to Waterstones and are presented with a brand new book for their efforts.


Throughout the year we also encourage children to love books through our Love Library events, library competitions, visiting authors and World Book day celebrations.

In each year group we have also developed a Recommended Reading list for the children to challenge themselves to read by the end of the year.