Literacy upon return

Dear Parents/Carers,

When the children come back to school, we are excited to be using Harry Potter as a stimulus for learning across Literacy and Guided Reading. In previous years, we have found that exposing the children to a fantasy environment has raised engagement and achievement in both Reading and Writing.

As part of this, we will be reading the first Harry Potter book to develop VIPERS reading skills which are fundamental to comprehension. We will also be watching parts of the film deemed relevant to learning. This will aid the transfer of skills and knowledge from the short-term memory into their long-term memory via the “visuospatial sketchpad” which encodes knowledge graphically in the brain.

Should you wish to discuss this further, please contact the Year 5 email address at


Kind Regards,


The Year 5 Team