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In KS2, we teach daily reading using the Destination Reader approach. Our Destination Reader lessons focus on developing learning behaviours that support and uplevel children’s discussions whilst introducing children to the tools needed to gain better understanding and enjoyment of texts. Alongside a termly core text, we also explore a range of shorter non-fiction texts, poetry and narratives.

Each week we focus on a different reading skill identified within the National Curriculum to support the reading and understanding of a wide range of texts:

  • Predicting
  • Inferring
  • Asking Questions
  • Evaluating
  • Clarifying
  • Making Connections
  • Summarising

The teaching of Destination Reader combines whole class modelling of reading and approaching comprehension questions, partner work and independent reading. As talk is central to the Destination Reader approach, children are encouraged to use sentence starters to support them in actively listening and participating and discussing and explaining their ideas. 


What does a Destination Reader lesson look like?




Once a week the children complete a ‘Big Picture’ either on their core text or an unseen piece of text to demonstrate their skills in the weekly reading strategies.


Click here to find the sentence stems that we use within lessons and children could also be encouraged to use them at home.



KS2 children will be sent home with 1 colour banded book and 1 library book. 


We also encourage you to read a range of books you have at home in addition to visiting the library.

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