Marlborough Primary School


Reading is a fundamental skill that enables our children to be successful in all they do. Books and literature are at the heart of the school ensuring our children develop a lifelong love of reading.

Decodable Reading Books 

From Nursery to Year Two, each child will receive fully decodable books to read at home. These books match the Letters and Sounds programme and match sounds being taught in each phonic phase. The decodable books begin in nursery with wordless texts and build up from phase two to six.

These books provide the children with an opportunity to:

  • apply and practise their decoding skills
  •  reading words and sentences containing sounds that they are learning in school.

These decodable texts help to:

  • build fluency
  • boost confidence and
  • encourage reading for pleasure.

Banded Reading Books 

When children have finished the phonics books, they move onto our banded reading book scheme.

We use a selection of schemes including:

  • Oxford Reading Tree
  • Big Cat Phonics
  • Rigby Star and
  • Project X.

These books are levelled into colour bands so that children can progress through the books in levels of difficulty. They begin on a lilac/pink book before progressing through the different colour bands. Once they have completed the scheme, they are a free reader. Children are heard by an adult at least once per week and have their books changed every week. They are assessed regularly and moved through the book bands. By the end of Year 2, we would expect all children to be a free reader.


Progression of Banded Reading Books




Guided Reading - Year 1 to Year 6 (Reading VIPERS)


We teach Guided Reading daily for 30 minutes. We follow the Reading VIPERS approach.

VIPERS is an acronym to aid the recall of the 6 reading domains as part of the Reading curriculum.  They are the key areas which we feel children need to know and understand in order to improve their comprehension of texts

VIPERS stands for:






Sequence (KS1) or Summarise (KS2)


Reading Text Overview


KS1 Reading Vipers  KS2 Reading Vipers

Reading Journals 

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.  They allow the teacher to track the type of questions asked and the children’s responses to these which allows for targeted questioning afterwards.

All pupils have a reading journal. For young children this serves as a dialogue between the class teacher and parents about:

  • the book the child has read
  • what page they have got up to
  • how they read
  • how well matched the book was to the child’s ability level
  • any words they found hard

Reading journals are checked once per week when the child reads with an adult. Here are the expectations of reading at home as well as in school expectations of reading.  


At Home Guidance  Comprehension Questions 

Recommended Reading Lists 

For each year group, we have compiled 100 books that each child could read.

This ensures children cover a range of:

  •  fiction
  • non-fiction and
  • poetry

 A range of literature is read throughout the year. These books are challenging and give our children exposure to new literature as well as exploring the classics.

Books you could read in: 

Amazon Wishlists

We are delighted to share with you our Amazon wishlists. These are 100 books each child could read in each year group and our hope and dream is to fill our school with every single one of these books. 

This will allow our children to read modern fiction, non-fiction and poetry and develop a love of reading. 

These books will be outside each classroom for everyone to read. Please feel free to share these links with families and communities. Our goal is to have all 100 books for each year group by July 2021. Can you help us reach our goal?

Nursery wishlist – 


Reception wishlist – 


Year 1 wishlist –


Year 2 wishlist -


Year 3 wishlist -


Year 4 wishlist -


Year 5 wishlist - 


Year 6 wishlist – 


Anstruther House wishlist - 

 10. Resources for parents/carers

 Supporting Reading at Home 

7 Top Tips KS1 7 Top Tips KS2 Helping Home Learning Talk with Trust  Viper Questions