Holy Rosary Catholic Voluntary Academy

Loving Heart – Strong Mind


English Reading


In EYFS and KS1, we teach a four-part phonics session every day based on Letters and Sounds. We build up pupil fluency through 1:1, group and whole class sessions, before focussing on comprehension and inference skills. We use a range of decodeable reading materials to teach early reading, including Oxford Reading Tree, Rising Stars, Comics for Phonics, and Decodeables.


In KS2, we operate a VIPERS approach to the teaching of reading. This approach is based on a class novel and focusses on the keys skills including:

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Retrieval
  • Summary