Ferney Lee Primary School

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Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848



"When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young."
- Maya Angelou

Reading at Ferney Lee

At the heart of our approach to teaching reading at Ferney Lee is a desire to nurture a love of reading in all our children. We want our children to be curious, passionate, and engaged with words and stories, which is why within our curriculum we have carefully chosen a wide range of fiction, non-fiction and poetry for our children to study and enjoy. We believe that by sharing the power of stories and the knowledge we gain through books, combined with a strong and consistent approach to teaching early reading and phonics, our children will thrive in all areas of the curriculum as they experience an enjoyable, nourishing, and enriching activity that can be accessed and relied upon throughout the rest of their lives.

For more information about reading at Ferney Lee please click on the link to the reading policy here:

Ferney Lee Reading Policy

Ferney Lee Reading Curriculum Progression

Read Write Inc.

We follow the Read Write Inc (RWI) phonics scheme from Reception to year 2.  Watch the videos below to find out how to say pure sounds and how best to support your child at home with phonics. There is also a video to give you more information on the statutory phonics screening check that children are expected to take at the end of Year 1. If you would like any further information on this scheme and how we implement this at Ferney Lee, or how best to support your child, please do get in touch! 

How to say the sounds (Video)

What is Read Write Inc? (Video)

The Year 1 Phonics Screening Check (Video)

Writing at Ferney Lee

At Ferney Lee, we aim to develop a love of reading and writing that starts with exposure to rich, diverse and varied text types. Through these carefully chosen core texts, children are provided with opportunities to study the use of language in all its forms and teachers make explicit the link between reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Children learn that words are powerful and that through their own writing they too can experience many adventures, move people, create new worlds, and even change the real one. 

Children are provided with many opportunities to study and use higher-level vocabulary in their writing, which is drawn from the high-quality core texts they are exposed to across the curriculum. 

We recognise the importance of nurturing an environment where children want to take pride in their writing and feel a sense of independence from proofreading and editing their own work, which is a regular part of English lessons.

We use the RAFT writing strategy that helps our students understand their roles as writers, the audience they will address, the varied formats for writing, and the topic they'll be writing about.


Ferney Lee "Books & Brews" book cafe, March 2022.

It was absolutely fantastic to welcome back our wonderful Ferney Lee families at the relaunch of our  "Books & Brews" cafe (the first since the start of the pandemic!). This wonderful event allows our families to come into school and explore the library with their child or children and share a good book with a cuppa and some cake. The cake sale raised over £300 to buy new books for our school, so a very big thank you to everyone who came! It was so lovely to see the whole Ferney Lee family enjoying a good book together. Take a look to see who got caught reading!

Our Class Libraries

Below are the core texts and other literature that we use to support the delivery of our curriculum. These are the planned for texts that children will come to know well and are used as stimulus for a variety of writing outcomes, comprehension lessons, and spelling, punctuation and grammar explorations. These libraries are not definitive; the children will also be exposed to other texts as part of reading and storytelling events, national celebration days, book weeks or reading days, storytimes, as the need arises to cover PSHE and RSE themes and to promote British Values. 

Take a closer look at the core texts we use to support our curriculum by clicking on the links to the right.

 2021-22 Year 1 Reading Overview.pdfDownload
 2021-22 Year 2 Reading Overview.pdfDownload
 2021-22 Year 3 Reading Overview.pdfDownload
 2021-22 Year 4 Reading Overview.pdfDownload
 2021-22 Year 5 Reading Overview.pdfDownload
 2021-22 Year 6 Reading Overview.pdfDownload
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100 Book Challenge!

Take a look at our 100 Book Challenge above! Each child will have their own challenge sheet with all of the books marked on it.  When children read one of the books featured in the challenge, they can review the book and tick it off! 

Ferney Lee Road, Todmorden,
Lancs, OL14 5NR

01706 254848