Literature is at the heart of our English studies, from Dick King-Smith and Jill Tomlinson, through Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman, to John Steinbeck, Jane Austen and William Shakespeare.

Through drama, role-play and class discussion we develop children’s understanding of the written word, aiming to inspire in them a love of reading. Non-fiction, autobiography, travel writing and poetry all feature strongly. Knighton’s two libraries are havens for bookworms.

Children write creatively to express themselves and factually, learning to organise and communicate ideas. We work hard at handwriting, spelling and punctuation — mastery of grammar will give children a great advantage in later life.

As the girls move up the school they study literature more closely, developing discursive skills and individuality and flair in writing. The Learning Support team is on hand to ensure that all pupils make good progress.