Reading and Phonics


Daily Supported Reading

At Churchwood we teach Daily Supported Reading in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Daily Supported Reading helps children make accelerated progress with their reading as pupils work with trained adults in small groups matched to their independent reading levels. 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. Daily Supported Reader uses scripts to support and ensure consistency and high quality questioning. Children at Churchwood read over 70 books per year using this scheme.

Destination Reader

At Churchwood we teach Destination Reader in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6. Destination Reader blends a range of learning behaviours and reading strategies, which brought together, allow children to explore and understand texts independently, at a deeper level.

Firstly, children are introduced to three key learning behaviours, which foster both engagement and independence.

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Learning Behaviours

  1. Support and actively listen to others
  2. Discuss and explain ideas
  3. Take responsibility for their own / their group’s learning

Once these learning behaviours are embedded, the children learn 7 key reading strategies in turn which help them deepen their understanding of texts.

Reading Strategies

  1. Predicting
  2. Inferring
  3. Asking questions
  4. Evaluating
  5. Clarifying
  6. Making connections
  7. Summarising

Throughout Destination Reader sessions, pupils develop these Core-Reading strategies through exposure to a variety of different text types including fiction, non-fiction and poetry. The high quality texts used by teachers within Destination Reader sessions link to class topics and sessions are taught daily in addition to our English sessions.


At Churchwood we follow the Letters and Sounds teaching sequence and teach phonics incorporating cued articulation, songs and other multi sensory approaches.

This is taught from Nursery through to Year 2. The children learn to recognise phonemes and graphemes and how to segment and blend them (sound out words).