Marlborough Primary School


Reading is at the heart of everything we do, unlocking a wealth of language and a lifetime of opportunity. 





Reading at MPS

At MPS, we put reading at the heart of all that we do. Our school is filled with engaging, exciting literature that reflects our community; our children have a love of reading. 

'I love how many books we have in our library and how many stories you can take from them and remember. Reading lessons feel like we are working as a team to explore a book and I love learning new vocabulary as we read!'

Key Stage Two child

How we teach Reading 


At Marlborough, from Year 1 to Year 6, Reading is taught four times per week for 30 minutes. The children will explore a range of books throughout the year. 

An overview of these books can be found here: 




 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:

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Retrieval
  • Sequence (KS1) or Summarise (KS2) 

Each reading lessons begins with a ‘speedy retrieval’ to ensure every child recaps prior reading; this allows the children to remember what they have read previously and answer retrieval questions based on this. This may be discussed verbally as a class, with learning partners, on whiteboards or in their books. 

A typical Reading lesson will: 

  • explicitly teach vocabulary 
  • explore a range of VIPERS
  • generate rich discussions about the book, characters etc

Reading activities will be recorded in Reading books and each VIPER will be clearly displayed. 

Every two weeks, the children explore an alternative text which links to the main text. This could be a poem, song, newspaper article, interview etc. This is called our alternative text lesson. 

As well as Reading lessons, our children have a weekly library session, class novel time and enjoy buddy reading each week.  

Reading Journals 


All pupils have a reading diary and children are expected to read every day. At Marlborough, we have three reading diaries depending on the children’s reading ability: 

  • Early Reading diary (with a focus on phonics)
  • Key Stage One Reading Diary 
  • Key Stage Two Reading diary 

This serves as a dialogue between the children, adults 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 diaries are checked once per week when the child reads with an adult.

Here are the different expectations for reading at home:

Level of child

Reading Expectations

Children reading phonics/ banded books.

Reading with an adult every day and adult signs reading journal every day.

Y2 free readers

Reading with an adult every day and adult signs reading journal every day.
*we aspire for all children to be free readers by the end of Year 2

Year 3/4 free readers

Children should read for a minimum of 15 minutes a day with an adult and the adult will write in the reading journal every day.

Year 5/6 free readers

Children should read for a minimum of 20 minutes a day. Three of these days should be with an adult who will write in the reading journal. The other days, the children will read independently and write in their own reading journal.


All children from Nursery to Year 6 will be heard read by an adult in school every week. 

If a book is lost/damaged, families will be charged £5 to replace the book. 

Recommended Reading Lists  - 100 books 

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 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. We invite families to buy a book from the wishlist on their child’s birthday if they would like to. 

Can you help us reach our goal?












Reading Workshops