St Teresa's Catholic Primary School


Clairmont Road, Colchester, Essex, CO3 9BE


Our Vision for English at St Teresa's

Literacy and communication are key life skills and here at St Teresa’s we believe that through the English curriculum, we will help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively.  Through creative use of both the spoken and written language we aim to equip them with the skills to become lifelong learners. We want children to enjoy and appreciate the richness and variety of literature.

Literacy is at the heart of all children’s learning and enables children both to communicate with others effectively for a variety of purposes and to examine their own and others’ experiences, feelings and ideas, giving these order and meaning. Because literacy is central to children’s intellectual, emotional and social development it has an essential role across the curriculum and helps pupils’ learning to be coherent and progressive.


At St Teresa's we encourage children to:

  • be effective, competent communicators and good listeners;
  • express opinions, articulate feelings and formulate responses to a range of texts both fiction and non-fiction using appropriate technical vocabulary;
  • foster an interest in words and their meanings, and to develop a growing vocabulary in both spoken and written form;
  • enjoy and engage with and understand a range of text types and genres;
  • be able to write in a variety of styles and forms showing awareness of audience and purpose;
  • develop powers of imagination, inventiveness and critical awareness in all areas of literacy;
  • use grammar and punctuation accurately;
  • understand spelling conventions;
  • produce effective, well-presented written work.