Fernvale Primary School

Fernvale Primary School

A place to learn and grow

Somerby Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE7 9PR


0116 241 6722



At Fernvale, we ensure that pupils become skilled and fluent readers through high- quality and engaging teaching sessions, while encouraging a love of reading for pleasure. Reading is taught through daily specific phonics (Foundation and Year 1) and English skills sessions (Year 2 - KS2), which focus on the development of reading skills through the review, teach, practice and apply method.

The school follows Little Wandle to teaching phonics and reading to EYFS and KS1 pupils.  We also use the 7+ catch-up materials as required. 

In our library we have a range of reading schemes to provide enjoyment, breadth, challenge and interest for pupils.  

In all year groups, teachers maximise opportunities to apply taught reading skills across the curriculum, especially in other subjects.

In KS2 we implement whole class reading using the following principles. 


The children regularly visit our amazing library to choose books and carry out research for projects. Every class is allocated a time to visit the library each week to read or choose their own free choice books.


Each classroom has a reading area that promotes new books to read and share.  We always end every day with a shared read of a class novel, led by the teacher.  This is a wonderful opportunity to develop inference skills and for the class to be involved in discussions about, characters, plots, moods and settings.  The session nearly always ends on a cliffhanger with everyone eager for the next instalment!

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