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Reading at Edward Francis


At all stages of reading development, we aim to develop comprehension and fluency whilst motivating children to read for pleasure. Through the teaching of reading we aim to develop confident readers who: 


  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding;  
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading;
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
  • develop a lifelong love of reading.


Reading Progression of Skills

Visit this page to view the progression of skills for comprehension and for reading fluency. 


Tips for reading at home 

Visit this page for some great tips for reading with your child at home. Remember, reading at home is one of the most important things you can do to help the development of your child.  


What are reading VIPERS and how can I use them at home? 

At EFPS, we use the VIPERS mnemonic throughout the school to help support the children's development of comprehension skills.  You can support this development too at home by asking deeper questions when you read at home with your child.  Click the above link to view questions that link to each of the VIPERS skills. 


V- Vocabulary 

I- Infer

P- Prediction

E- Explain 

R- Retrieve

S- Summarise/ Sequence



How are reading bands used at EFPS and what do they mean?


Recommended Reading- Book List

If you are unsure of what book to try next with your child, use our recommended book list.  You should be able to get all of these books from Rayleigh Library. Remember, you can reserve and request books for free using your child's library account and have the books delivered to a library of your choice ready for you to collect! 


Free Online EBooks

There are many, many free ebooks now available with a list available here. 


If you have not already signed up, Essex Libraries provide thousand of children's titles which can be read for no cost to you using an Apple, Android and Kindle Fire device, just by downloading an app.