Everyday in school we have a reading session where children are encouraged to look closely at and answer questions about a weekly text.
At Chesterton we use 'V.I.P.E.R.S' to help us improve our reading.
Each day the questions focus on one of the letters in 'V.I.P.E.R.S'.
'V.I.P.E.R.S' stands for...
Vocabulary (exploring new words, technical words, genre specific words, definitions)
Inference (learning to read between the lines, what the writer means without directly saying it)
Prediction (what do they think happens next, what will the story be about, what decisions characters make)
Explain (explain genre, features of a text, how or why a writer might have chosen to do something)
Retrieval (scanning texts and finding specific information, gathering information from a text)
Summarise (using information to give a summary, short descriptions)
Occasionally, depending on the text type or genre (instructions, fiction, report, poem, diary, dictionary, letter...) there may occasionally be more than one text a week.
This week, Year 2 will be looking at one poem (Monday and Tuesday) and a second poem (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) to be able to answer a range of questions. The questions will state to which poem they refer.
We ask children in Year 2 to answer questions using a sentence (unless specified). Year 2 are developing how to start their answer using part of the question. For example,
Q: What can you see the cuttlefish do?
A: You can see the cuttlefish swirl.
Q: What do the creatures do in the depths below?
A: The creatures all make their homes in the depths below.
It may help your child to underline parts of the text as they find them to help remember the answer. They may also want to read the sentence out loud before they write it.