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Reading at HOPS



Reading is important to us at High Oakham - as people, as educators. There is lots of research which investigates the importance of reading, lots of blogs which explore the impact of reading and we analyse and examine this research and adapt our teaching and amend our strategies to ensure that we are doing the best we can to support children to achieve and succeed. One of the threads that does not change is 'the love of reading'. 


If you would like to be a part of our quest for encouraging a love of reading and providing opportunities for our pupils to be inspired and motivated, then why not 'buy us a book'! Click here to go to our 'Buy a book for HOPS' page. 


We love reading, do you? Here is a great blog which clearly outlines why reading is important to everyone. 

Glad readers - why reading is important to everyone

Here are 17  reasons (from Glad readers) why reading is important for everyone!

1. It helps you discover yourself

2. Imparts valuable lessons from years of experiences

3. It improves your focus and concentration

4. Reading improves your emotional health

5. Importance of reading in memory enhancement

6. It’s a great source of motivation

7. It expands your knowledge and makes you smarter

8. Broadens your imagination and enhances your creativity

9. It makes you more empathic

10. Reduces stress and helps you sleep better

11. Importance of reading in enhancing your critical and analytical thinking

12. It gives you joy and pleasure

13. It makes you humble

14. Improves your vocabulary, language command, and communication skills

15. Importance of reading in improving your brain functions

16. Being lonely will not bother you much

17. It makes you a better person



High Oakham Primary School use reading materials from a number of sources. In Key Stage 1 we used a book banding system to ensure that children have reading materials appropriate to their ability. In Key Stage 1 children will have a reading book and also a phonics book to take home so that they can read at home.


High Oakham Primary School uses an online reading resource called Bug Club. Children have online access to reading materials through Bug Club. These are chosen by the teachers so that they are appropriate for the children. They can be accessed by computer or tablet.


Access Bug Club here



Introducing young children to the joy and wonder of books requires a systematic teaching of phonics. 


Phonics at HOPS



Here is some information from the Literacy Trust - Phonics is a way of teaching children how to read and write. It helps children hear, identify and use different sounds that distinguish one word from another in the English language.

Written language can be compared to a code, so knowing the sounds of individual letters and how those letters sound when they’re combined will help children decode words as they read - phonics is like a secret code!

Understanding phonics will also help children know which letters to use when they are writing words.

Phonics involves matching the sounds of spoken English with individual letters or groups of letters. For example, the sound k can be spelled as c, k, ck or ch.

Teaching children to blend the sounds of letters together helps them decode unfamiliar or unknown words by sounding them out. For example, when a child is taught the sounds for the letters t, p, a and s, they can start to build up the words: “tap”, “taps”, “pat”, “pats” and “sat”.


 Click here to read more from The Literacy Trust


Each school will have its own phonics scheme. At High Oakham Primary School we use two learning programmes - Jolly Phonics and Letters and Sounds. While the two are separate programmes, the methods are combined in the classroom.


Click on the documents below for more information on how phonics is taught at High Oakham Primary School. 


In phonics, it's important to pronounce "pure sounds": for example, the sound /m/ is pronounced 'mmmm' and not 'muh' or 'em'. This makes it much easier for children to blend sounds together to read.

Click here to watch a video on pure sounds.


Useful links for information and activities:






Here are some great story time sessions courtesy of 'Books for Topics'. They have been busy finding some of the best online storytimes for children to access freely at home. The QR codes and links in the document lead to story readings on Youtube and all of the books we've chosen are read aloud by their fabulous authors and illustrators.


Click here for our 'Storytime at HOPS with Books for Topics' Sway or you can download it from the document links below. 



Oh no, George by Chris Haughton!! Read by Mrs Astle and Frank Bullitt the Bulldog

We love listening to stories!

HOPS storytime with Mrs Pollard 'The Queen's Knickers' by Nicholas Allan

We love listening to stories!