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Our Class Book:

Journey to the River Sea

by Eva Ibbotson

Maia, an orphan, can't wait to reach her distant relatives a thousand miles up the Amazon. She imagines sharing great adventures with a loving family. Instead she finds two spiteful cousins who see the jungle as their enemy and refuse to go outdoors. But the wonders of the rainforest more than make up for the hideous twins and their parents. 

And when Maia meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, she begins a spectacular journey to the heart of an extraordinary new world...

Daily Reading:

It is crucial to your child’s development that they read at home at least every day. This can be independent but opportunities for your child to read to someone aloud is important, especially when we are still learning new words all the time and need some help pronouncing these! 


This year all the children in Sapling class will have a new reading record, these are slightly different to previous years as the  children only fill it in each time they finish a book as there are prompts inside to write a review. These will be checked regularly during the week by staff, to ensure that children are reading consistently and completing books within a reasonable amount of time.


We have access to a wide range of texts in school and it is great to see children reading their own books from home as well. The topic book list provided below also gives to ideas of great reads to do with our topic too and not forgetting our new year group reading tree challenges! 

Guided Reading:

In Sapling class we develop our reading skills through the use of reading VIPERS. 


VIPERS is an anagram to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the UK’s reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts. The 6 domains focus on the comprehension aspect of reading and not the mechanics: decoding, fluency, prosody etc. As such, VIPERS is not a reading scheme but rather a method of ensuring that teachers ask, and students are familiar with, a range of questions.