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Daily Supported Reading in Key Stage 1


DSR accelerates reading levels for all children in Y1 and children who are below age expected in Y2

The Daily Supported Reading Programme is a classroom programme that helps to move all children on in their reading. It is delivered initially to Year 1, then introduced into Reception and then for lowest attaining children in Year 2 for maximum impact across the school.

DSR helps children make accelerated progress by working with trained adults in small groups matched to their independent reading levels. This method has a proven track record of success in raising school reading standards as KS1.

Children are benchmarked prior to the project to level according to reading fluency and understanding.    DSR uses primarily PM reading books to support, however after level 12 a range of books are included.   DSR uses scripts to support and ensure consistency and high quality questioning.   Children should read over 70 books per year using this scheme.  It is thought that the majority of children will move up a level approximately every 2-3 weeks.


  • 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


DSR Organisation

Our Year 1 pupils are split into groups of 6 children.  Each group is assigned a trained reading leader. 

Adults meet weekly to discuss groupings, levels and key learning points.  Further training is provided through these meetings as well.  Each child is discussed within the groups and assessments reviewed.  Groupings are fluid and changes can be made at any time.

The reading lead selects the new texts for the following week for the DSR adults ensuring consistency and progression. 

DEAR - Drop Everything and Read

At Northdown we are passionate about reading and we want children to develop a love of books and take time to enjoy the reading experience.  Every day the children participate in a DEAR session where they have the opportunity to hear high quality texts read by their teacher or have the opportunity to read books for themselves.  

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Reading is at the heart of everything we do at Northdown Primary and threads through all areas of the curriculum. There are three main threads to our reading curriculum.


Reading for meaning. We use a two approaches at Northdown; in Year 1 Daily Supported Reading takes place everyday. This helps to encourage the application  of phonic knowledge and allows children to talk about the books they read, allowing them to predict, summarise, infer and evaluate. In KS2 we use Destination Reader this approach combines the use of learning behaviours with the skills needed to read, decode and comprehend.  This approach enables children to become more independent, builds stamina and helps develop pupil’s vocabulary, fully immersing them in high quality texts.


The mechanics of reading. 1:1 and group reading opportunities help pupils acquire skills to decode effectively and develop fluency.


Reading for pleasure. Reading incentives such as our Reading Rebels Rewards and Friday Book Swap help to engage children in the pleasure of reading. Year 6 also take part in a buddy system reading to and with EYFS and year 1. 



Reading Rebels Rewards


Children can really develop their reading skills if they read every day. It is very helpful for them to read to an adult at home so they can talk about the book with you.


Please make sure you sign your child's Reading Record book every time they read.


Once your child has read 25 times at home, they will get a Bronze certificate.


At 50 reads the reward is a Silver certificate and a badge. 

75 reads will get you a Gold certificate and a book to keep! 

For 100 reads you will receive a Platinum certificate and a Deer plush toy...linked to our Drop Everything And Read scheme. 

Lastly if you reach 150 reads you will get a Diamond certificate and have the opportunity to read a story to Norman the Fox.