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English at Birchen Coppice Academy

At Birchen Coppice Academy, English is taught wherever possible through our ‘NICER’ curriculum. This ensures that children receive a vocabulary rich experience and planning is linked to the Real, Immersive and Purposeful learning outcomes each term.

Our focus on reading ensures that the skills of reading are taught, along with encouraging a love of reading through the school. Our ‘Read to Succeed’ policy will tell you more about how we teach reading at Birchen Coppice.  Children will first read books linked to their phonic ability and then progress through a range of books within their book band ability. Initiatives such as Reading Miles, and Reading Ambassadors support our commitment to ensure every child leaves our school being a successful reader.

For Phonics and Early Reading please click here

Writing is taught through planned sequences focusing on Fiction and Non fiction text types, as set out in our Writing and Tet type overviews. Children focus on writing text types to:

  • Entertain
  • Inform
  • Persuade (KS2)
  • Discuss (Upper KS2)

Fiction writing is linked to identified quality fiction texts, as set out in our Termly Book overview. Non-fiction writing is linked to the purpose of the Learning challenges in the NICER Curriculum.

Progression for writing for each year group can be seen within the Writing progression map.

Reading is taught in KS2 through VIPERS. VIPERS is an acronym 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.

VIPERS stands for

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explanation
  • Retrieval
  • Sequence or Summarise

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.

Home Reading Policy

Reading for Pleasure

Read to Succeed

Phonics Policy

Reading Ambassadors


Reading Ambassadors are chosen for their love of reading, their willingness to share this passion with others and enthusiasm to promote reading throughout the school.

Reading Ambassador roles and responsibilities:

  • Promote a love of reading across the school.
  • Recommend books to others and talk about their favourite authors.
  • Demonstrate exemplary reading behaviours and be an excellent role model for others.
  • Support pupils with reading in the library at lunchtimes.
  • Keep the library and book areas tidy.
  • Be the voice for pupils across the school.
  • Support our whole school reading mile challenge.
  • Participate in reading observations. 
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