English has a pre-eminent place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. Through reading in particular pupils have a chance to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Literature, especially, plays a key role in such development. Reading also enables children both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society.

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Writing Targets

To enable children, parents and teachers to recognise achievements in learning and identify next steps our English Leader has created writing targets for each year group.

If you would like paper copies please contact our school office.

Created Date Thursday, 21 January 2016
Modified Date Sunday, 15 May 2016
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Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Booklet

To support the expectations in Spelling Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) our English Leader, Mrs Gillett, has put together a useful guide. This guide contains:

the spelling word lists (for Years 3/4 and Years 5/6)

a glossary of grammar terms with definitions and sample questions

a list of different types of punctuation with their purpose and sample questions

We hope that this will be useful for parents and carers to support their children. If you would like a paper copy, please contact Mrs Rigden or Mrs Fiander in our school office.

We would also welcome any feedback to enable us to ensure that we are providing the best support possible.

Created Date Sunday, 15 May 2016
Modified Date Sunday, 15 May 2016
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Phonics at Coombe Bissett CEVA Primary School

Created Date Sunday, 16 November 2014
Modified Date Sunday, 15 May 2016
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Reading at Coombe Bissett CE VA Primary School

Created Date Monday, 04 July 2016
Modified Date Monday, 04 July 2016
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Summer Reading Challenge



Organised by The Reading Agency (www.readingagency.org.uk) and the UK public library network since 1999, the Summer Reading Challenge is the UK’s biggest annual reading promotion for children aged 4 to 11. Last year in Wiltshire 8,296 children took part.


Throughout the summer library staff and volunteers support the children, helping them to discover new authors and to explore a wide range of different types of books and ways of reading,


How the Challenge works

  • It’s free to take part - children sign up at their local Wiltshire library* from 16 July and receive their Big Friendly Read membership card
  • After they read their first book they’ll receive The Big Friendly Read collector folder
  • Children borrow and read at least six library books of their own choice during the summer, collecting special cards to complete their folder and rewards along the way
  • Library staff and volunteers are on hand to advise
  • Children who complete the Summer Reading Challenge are presented with a certificate and a medal

*(Please note: unfortunately we are no longer able to offer the challenge on our mobile libraries due to the reduced number of stops and there not being enough time for children to complete the challenge on the mobiles over the summer period)


For further information a leaflet is available on our school website or visit bigfriendlyread.org.uk 

Our School

Coombe Bissett CE VA Primary School
Shutts Lane, Coombe Bissett
Salisbury, SP5 4LU

Telephone: 01722 718380
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