We love books at St Mary’s and enjoy studying them in the daily literacy lessons. We use real books to help the children understand texts and to help with their own writing. Through sharing books and screen based texts as a class, the pupils get to know the characters and this helps them to understand their behaviour in the stories. Sometimes we use films, pictures by artists or drama to help in the writing processes. In addition to reading and writing we also investigate and learn phonics, spelling patterns and punctuation and classes have weekly dictation spelling tests in KS2. Books are provided for children to take home and read alone with their families and we have a school diary in which to record these. Pupils read regularly with their teachers in Guided Reading in small groups.