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Reading at Etchingham 

At Etchingham CE Primary School we believe that for all our children to become fluent readers and writers, phonics must be taught through a systematic and structured phonics programme. We have adopted the Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised programme to plan and deliver daily engaging phonics lessons taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

We explicitly teach the core reading skills that children need (improving vocabulary, inferring, predicting, analysing, empathising explanation, retrieval, summarising) through whole class lessons.  Explicitly teaching the key reading skills means that children have a good understanding of how writers make choices to have a specific effect on the reader, which in turn transfers into their writing. Each class reads a rich, class text which is linked to their Learning  Journey. 

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Recognising that reading is a key life skill and a curriculum enabler, we focus on promoting a love of language and reading and ensuring that our children read as often and as widely as possible in order to improve their fluency and understanding.  We plan regular reading focused activities and events - including a daily ten-minute Reading For Pleasure session -  to encourage our children to develop  and maintain an enjoyment of reading and a love of books.


Reading with parents at home is key to building reading stamina which is now essential in the light of the more challenging curriculum.

Pupils are expected and encouraged to read at home most days. It makes a huge difference to progress. 

  • Encourage the children to ask the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary to extend their knowledge.
  • Read to your child – the book can be more challenging than the level they at which they are reading
  • Let the children listen to audio CDs