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Programme of Study - KS1

Daily supported reading (DSR) is a half an hour daily reading session for children in KS1. The session takes place in small groups of approximately 6-8 children. The programme consists of an intense weekly read of two books to ensure fluency, comprehension and enjoyment of reading. Small groups allow each child to be listened to daily, and adults to make accurate assessment of the child’s reading progress. Levels run from 1 –30. From level 12 upwards children start to write answers to guided reading style question. The books and questions become more challenging as children progress through the levels.


The aim of the programme is to:

• Dramatically increase the quantity of texts that beginner readers engage with enjoyably and independently every day.

• To ensure that all children make good progress by working with a trained adult in a small group every day.

• To establish a coherent approach to early reading instruction in KS1.

• For children to enjoy daily independent reading, increasing the quantity and challenge of texts across the year.


Children are bench marked initially to find their level and grouped with others at the same level. Their reading adult assesses the children weekly. We would expect most children to move weekly or fortnightly. Staff ensure that they are covering the key teaching points within their level to ensure that children make accepted progress and do not develop gaps in their knowledge. Expectations are that Year 1 children should be working within level 15- 18 by the end of the year. The DSR lead will change the groups weekly, any children that are not moving will be highlighted to staff enabling them to focus on these children the following week.

Programme of Study - KS2

To support children develop their reading skills in a smooth transition from Daily Supported Reading, we follow Destination Reader across KS2. It begins in Year 3 and children follow it all the way up to Year 6.

Destination Reader focuses on these key principles which we embed within the school:

  • Enable quality experience

  • Promote enjoyment

  • Increase reading mileage

  • Build firm foundations

  • Develop thinking and understanding

  • Make talk central

Destination Reader allows children to access real books of a high quality that are engaging and exciting. As talk is made central, partner reading is continued and children are given ample opportunities to discuss books with their partners. To encourage respective communication, children are taught to use sentence starters to support them in actively listening and participating and discussing and explaining their ideas.

The program covers seven key skills identifies within the national curriculum to support the reading and understanding of a wide range of texts. These are:

  • Predicting

  • Making connections

  • Asking questions

  • Evaluating

  • Inferring

  • Summarising

  • Clarifying

While children read their book with their partner they are encouraged to stop and have discussions in a respectful way as mentioned above, and also through addressing a variety of these skills, some of which will be being specifically teacher taught using sentence stems in the same way. You could prompt your child to refer to these sentence stems when reading at home or answering questions about a book you have read to them.