The Daily Supported Reading Programme (DSR) is a classroom programme that helps to move all children on in their reading. We have adopted the DSR programme in Year 1.
The programme provides a coherent and systematic approach where children enjoy daily independent reading in small groups (no more than six) led by a trained adult.
Children are grouped across the two classes in the year group according to their independent reading level. This level is decided on by the class teachers and the DSR co-ordinator.
Adults use differentiated lesson guides to move children on and make sound judgements about when to do so. Weekly feedback and development sessions support this process.
Benefit to school and children
- Establishes strong systems for organising reading support
- Ensures that all children make maximum progress in reading
- Provides professional development for staff to improve their provision of reading support
- Proven impact linked to long term data
If you would like any further information on DSR and how your child is involved and will benefit from this programme, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Ms Fennell.
In September this year, we started a new whole class teaching programme in Years 3 to 6. ‘Destination Reader’ (or ‘DR’ as you may have heard the children call it) involves daily sessions, incorporating whole class modelling of reading skills, before the children apply these skills through partner work and independent reading.
Children deepen their understanding of the texts they read through the systematic use of a series of strategies and language stems.
It also builds a culture of reading for pleasure and purpose.
Core books and reading strategies
Each year group has a list of core books that are shared with the children during the year.
The children are encouraged to use different reading strategies to unlock their understanding of the texts. They are also given sentence stems to support explanations.
At the end of this booklet you will see the strategies that are being taught and the sentence stems that go with each strategy.
Within Destination Reader sessions, time is also spent ensuring that children are developing good learning behaviour. The three behaviours support children in knowing how to communicate effectively:
- Be supportive and actively listen to others
- Discuss and explain your ideas
- Take responsibility for your own and your group’s learning