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Reading & Phonics at Oakham
Our approach to reading aims to engage the children through using quality texts, understanding characters and the development of plots. Find out how you can help your child develop more as a reader, when reading with your child at home, by taking a look at our 5 Ps flyer below...

Reading Spine 2021-22 


The children are provided with a rich reading curriculum throughout their journey at Oakham. Our group reading sessions, class novels and independent reading all designed to foster and encourage a love of reading and expose children to a rich and varied diet of stories from many genres, times and cultures.


Class teachers will also use extracts from many other texts and authors as stimuli for writing units as well as others linked to topics in the wider curriculum.



Year 1

To support the transition to KS1, children will read and listen to  a range of works form the following authors:




Traditional Tales & Fairy Stories


Year 2 

The Tunnel  

Dear Greenpeace  

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs 

Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure 

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me 


Year 3 

Mr Gum 

13 Story Treehouse  

Stig of the Dump.  

Why the Whales Came 

The Firework Maker’s Daughter 

Esio Trot 


Year 4 

The Iron Man 

How to Train Your Dragon 


The Snow-Walkers Son 


Year 5 

Kensuke’s Kingdom 

Beetle Boy 

The Explorer 


Year 6 

Selection of Real Reads including: 

 A Christmas Carol, Frankenstein, Dracula, Moby Dick, Bleak House, A Tale of Two Cities, A Study in Scarlett, All Quiet on the Western Front, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Great Expectations, Hamlet, Huckleberry Finn, Jane Eyre, Les Miserables, Oliver Twist, Silas Marner, South, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Moonstone, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Sign of the Four, The Time Machine, The Woman in White, The War of the Worlds, Tom Sawyer, Wuthering Heights,  


Learning about Phonics!

Spelling at Oakham 

Our Ethos


We strive to make the teaching of spelling both enjoyable and purposeful. It is our hope that no child will leave school with gaps in their spelling knowledge but instead embark on the next steps along their educational journey full of confidence and ambition. Our aims include:


  • embedding knowledge
  • developing personal spelling strengths
  • stimulating curiosity about word discovery
  • promoting responsible application during independent learning
  • testing playing a reduced role
  • developing vocabulary
  • removing fear

Learning to Spell (Strategies to try!)

KS1 Spelling Practice at Home - Top Tips & Ideas