Etchingham CE Primary School

Reading and Phonics


Our pupils will develop a life-long love of reading and will be prepared for life as successful and socially responsible citizens. They will be inspired by a rich and varied literary heritage and will read widely and often. They will appreciate the work of different authors, poets and illustrators.

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.

(Napoleon Bonaparte)


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. 

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.