St Teresa's Catholic Primary School

Growing and learning together, as part of God’s family, to be the best we can be.

Brook Road, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire WD6 5HL

020 8953 3753


At St Teresa's, we believe that all pupils should be able to confidently communicate their knowledge, ideas and emotions through their writing. All children from Reception to Year 6 are given plenty of opportunities throughout the curriculum to express themselves through mark-making, which leads to writing grammatically correct sentences.

We recognise the importance of nurturing a culture where children take pride in their writing, write clearly and accurately, adapt their language and style for a range of contexts, and have an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We want pupils to spell new words effectively by applying the spelling patterns and rules learnt and embedding this in their independent writing.

At St Teresa's, we aspire for our children to be confident in speaking and listening, share ideas, and further their learning. Without effective speaking and listening, children cannot become effective writers. We believe that all good writers refine and edit their work over time, so we want our children to develop independence in identifying their areas for improvement and editing their work effectively during and after the writing process. We also intend for pupils to leave school able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting.

We follow the National Curriculum and the EYFS framework, and the texts used by the HfL English Scheme are used to inspire our units. Our intention is for pupils to be able to plan, revise and evaluate their writing. To be able to do this effectively, pupils will focus on developing effective transcription and effective composition. They will also develop an awareness of the audience, purpose and context and an increasingly wide knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. We also intend for pupils to leave school being able to use fluent, legible and speedy handwriting as well as being confident spellers.

The children are taught writing skills using The Literacy Tree Scheme as an inspiration for many of our units. We use the texts and the planning as a base and incorporate our own curriculum-based writing opportunities to embed knowledge from our broad and balanced curriculum. All of the grammar and punctuation elements of the National Curriculum are embedded in the writing process so that it is learned in context. We cover a range of fiction and non-fiction genres, covering the skills leading to children producing a piece of independent writing.

St Teresa's Progression in Writing

Click on the Year groups to see our progression in writing skills

St Teresa's Long Term Curriculum Maps for Writing 

Click on the Year groups to see our long term writing curriculum maps