I have been thinking about and researching how to improve comprehension skills using a range of high quality texts, images, picture books and of course film.
After a number of sessions with children in schools using the new content domains, which can be found on the gov.uk website, I found that all of the key comprehension skills were being covered through the domains. As some of you who follow this blog will know, I like a mnemonic. So I set about thinking about a mnemonic that could be used by teachers, other adults who read with children and also the children themselves. My first attempt - MR SIP TEA was not the catchiest so we have come up with Reading Vipers. Vipers cover the key comprehension skills in line with the 'new' content domains.
At Literacy Shed the minions are now busy making a whole host of resources that will link to Reading Vipers. There are now 30+ Film VIPERS on www.literacyshedplus.com
We are also creating a range of comprehension materials based on extracts from classic texts such as Black Beauty, The Time Machine, Robinson Crusoe and many more which will soon be available here. www.literacyshedplus.com Until then you can download The Time Machine sample (as seen below) by clicking here. =
The same key viper skills can be rehearsed effectively using single images or picture books.
Take a look at this example using the picture book 'Return' by Aaron Becker.
There are over 30 sets of VIPERS questions for the Literacy Shed films now on www.literacyshedplus.com
The question stem documents can be downloaded by click on the relevant image below.
As always comments are welcome!
Click the text below for further reading.
Further Reading: Applying VIPERS
20/3/2017 06:50:26 pm
Love the sound of these 'Reading Vipers'. Looking forward to seeing some more resources using them.
2/4/2018 01:45:16 pm
Hi, could you forward a simple plan of how you work in year 1? I haven't tried this yet and would love a guidance as you know what you're doing-thanx
12/9/2018 09:55:35 pm
Hi, we’re introducing this whole school - how have you made this work at the start of year 1?
23/3/2017 08:37:53 am
I love your reading VIPERS! Are we allowed to use this in school? Thanks
4/5/2020 12:18:48 pm
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Rob (Literacy Shed)
23/3/2017 04:27:35 pm
Yes of course.
24/3/2017 04:04:14 pm
Would you use these as objectives across KS2 or just Y6? I struggle with the idea of loads of objectives plus assessment foci too.
4/5/2020 12:19:15 pm
25/3/2017 08:43:34 am
Looks really good. Splitting into 6 domains, clearly designed will really help the kids.
25/3/2017 09:42:36 am
Love the look of this! Do you think any of your resources will focus on one thing at a time rather than the whole of VIPERS?
26/3/2017 07:22:24 pm
27/3/2017 12:07:51 pm
Hi Emma - is this what you would prefer?
2/4/2017 09:29:02 am
Is there a KS1 version of the above table you've included for KS2 linking vipers to the content domains?
2/4/2017 10:46:22 am
It is the same as above just change the 2 to a 1 except it stops at 1e in KS1.
2/2/2020 09:55:05 am
5/4/2017 07:17:59 pm
Hello this is a lovely thing! I like using pics because they're accessible to almost all. I used your questions as a whole class model then adapted them with a different picture for independent work. It created lots of discussion, which was nice as most of my kids went in ability groups. Even my lowest readers had a go. Thank you!!
5/4/2017 07:20:25 pm
Sorry, that should have said 'the kids weren't in ability groups', not 'went'!
6/4/2017 07:26:32 pm
This looks like a great resource. Can't wait to try it, thank you.
20/4/2017 09:54:52 am
Hi, being in NZ, we don't have key stages. Would it be possible to just have Reading Vipers on the posters rather than the Key Stage 2? I really like the simplicity yet covers everything we need. many thanks : )
23/4/2017 01:59:46 pm
Love these - I just need to adapt for CfE in Scotland. Many thanks.
29/4/2017 01:37:48 pm
What is it you need to adapt?
28/4/2017 11:05:49 am
These look really useful. Thank you.
28/5/2017 04:08:46 pm
Love this I've been looking for a better way to teach comprehension.
26/6/2017 01:03:24 pm
Sorry - now edited!
12/8/2017 01:04:40 pm
Also a typo in KS1 on the predict page.
14/8/2017 06:43:13 am
Hi. These resources are fantastic- definitely going to use these extensively in my teaching of reading next year. I just wondered if you had any resources which focussed on a single aspect (e.g. just vocabulary) rather than covering all the domains.
16/8/2017 03:44:59 pm
I love this resource. Is there any possibility that you could produce them as book marks with one domain on one book mark?
8/11/2017 06:07:54 pm
Hi Rob, please would it be possible to have the VIPERS Tolsby frames for KS1 aswell as KS2 please .. I can't seem to find the KS1 ones.
7/2/2018 07:04:29 pm
Hi, a couple of people have asked about resources that look at a single domain at a time. This is what we do at our school. Is there anything to support? Thanks
2/5/2018 09:14:20 am
I love the sound of VIPERS and we're trialling this in school. Some of the feedback I've received from KS1 is linked to word reading and fluency. I'm wondering how people are addressing this in their teaching, particularly for year 1?
18/8/2018 01:22:12 pm
Rob, can you please give me the direct link to the Vipers question stems. On one page it says they are coming soon and I can’t find them on the page that you get directed to. Ta!
27/8/2018 11:08:43 am
Hi, I've made a document based on VIPERS for my reading corner. It is designed (hopefully) to make readers more 'active' when they are discussing and reading their own books and may prevent them from using the reading corner as a resting place! It should be able to be applicable to any book that they read.
25/2/2019 05:28:35 pm
Please send me the document you made. Many thanks :)
5/9/2018 09:55:54 am
Hi, does anyone have bookmark versions of the KS1 Reading Vipers question types? I can only find the full page versions.
1/10/2018 09:54:54 am
Hi, We have switched over to the Reading Vipers this year as the basis for our whole class reading which is working really well. We would like to give out book marks with reading question prompts to support them with reading at home. Is it ok to make these using the vipers so that the children have a link between home and school? Many thanks.
1/1/2019 12:11:35 pm
28/1/2019 04:37:01 pm
Hi. We’re debating what our learning objective should be for this lesson. We have to write ‘We are learning...’ for every lesson. Some say we should have a focus area each week, eg We are learning to use inference skills’ but having read the idea of vipers, we should be covering as many as possible, eg ‘we are learning to use vipers’. Thanks
3/2/2019 04:38:27 pm
5/2/2019 08:08:42 pm
I am really interested in how you would expect all staff to plan for VIPERS. with the constant demand for Learning questions/objectives how do you focus this while still covering a range of content domains. Has anyone developed and used a planning sheet/proforma?
26/2/2019 05:20:35 pm
Hi! At my school, we are using rubrics to assess Reading. I'm still finding it difficult to grasp the concept or understand the question types for Explain. Can you help me with this, please? Thanks!
24/5/2019 04:44:05 pm
We love VIPERS at our school but were wondering if you have any of these resources directed at EYFS. We're keen to have a whole school approach, and whole school means reception too. Please can you help?
23/7/2019 08:41:05 am
4/10/2019 12:24:23 pm
Hi there, we have just purchased 16 Beowulf books by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Michael Foreman and the pages don't match up with the VIPERS questions! Help!
30/11/2019 04:57:12 pm
I am a fourth grade teacher and I just discovered your blog. Is it possible to get permission to use your resources for teaching. At this time I am seeking permission to use the Christmas Adverts on a Shedful of Christmas. Is this possible?
12/12/2019 11:41:20 am
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14/7/2020 09:56:19 am
Where can I find the curriculum links page (like one above that links to curriculum objectives for reading)
14/7/2020 11:59:21 am
where do i find the vipers that are linked to reading curriculum ie "Vocab 2a Give/Explain meanings of words in context."
19/8/2020 09:57:37 pm
Hiya Literacy Shed,
3/10/2020 10:34:30 pm
27/10/2020 08:51:37 pm
Hello! I just wondered if anyone had made a KS1 table like the one above for the content domains? Thanks
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