Our approach to reading

Our Approach to Reading at Upton Cross ACE Academy

At Upton Cross ACE Academy, we aim to foster a love of reading in all children and encourage them to read a wide range of books from various authors. Reading is embedded in all areas of the curriculum.

Reading skills are taught as soon as children join us in Stara Class and continue until they leave the school.

The younger children are grouped and taught Letters and Sounds each day. This is a systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and continues as long as the child requires it. For most children this will end in Year 2. Some children may need this to continue in the following year. Children who require alternative approaches to learning their letters and sounds, may be taught throgh a range of intervention techniques.

As the children move through the school, they are taught a variety of skills to support their reading confidence. This includes such strategies as using the pictures to look for clues, reading with expression, predicting what might happen, retrieving information from the page to answer comprehension questions. More higher order reading skills a re taught too, including developing the children’s ability to infer and deduce meaning from the text.

The children have at least two reading books. One that is guided by their teacher and one that is chosen more independently. 

The books are colour banded and progress through stages of learning until the children become more independent readers. When this happens we have a selection of books to enable the transition from colour book banded books to more independent chapter books, to be smooth.

Our school library is full of books of varying ability too. The children have a library slot each week, where they are able to change their independent book. The staff still aim to guide and support the children with their independent book choices. They are also able to choose from a variety of non-fiction books.


Children learn best when home and school work closely together. Please see the document below for ways to support you with hearing your child read at home.