Early Years went to Compton House Nursing Home to spread some Christmas cheer.

The children shared their favourite Christmas stories with the residents and sang them a song. It was a positive and meaningful experience for all. Thank you to all the staff and residents for making the children so welcome.

As part of our National Book Week celebrations, we welcomed award winning author of the Beetle Boy Trilogy, M.G. Leonard to Lindfield Primary Academy on Tuesday 1st May. Maya led an energetic assembly in which she filled the children’s imaginations with all things beetles! The children were awestruck by her passion and knowledge and enjoyed finding out about her journey to becoming a writer. Year 4 became beetle experts and enjoyed creative writing workshops through which they planned stories based on their chosen beetle heroes. Most enjoyable was discovering the gruesome truths about beetle survival! Maya proved an inspiration to the staff too, delivering a presentation about the importance of immersing children in the natural world and harnessing stories in all their forms from dance, theatre, screen plays and books. Many thanks go to our PTA for funding such a fabulous day!

Award-winning author visits Lindfield Primary Academy - Mid Sussex Times

Poetry Competition Success

Our year 5 poets came a close second in the locality poetry competition on Tuesday 20th March. Martha, Millie, Scarlett, Isla and Leo performed 'Gran Can You Rap' by Jack Ousby. They were judged on their intonation, fluency, sychronisation, actions, enthusiasm and volume and scored highly in all six areas. Very well done children and thank you Miss Foley and Mrs Scott for your support

'Watch their performance.


Huge thanks to the PTA and in particular Alex Keogh, Emily Hadden, Sophie Hazeu and Vivian Brennan for collecting hundreds of books for our class book corners! A lot of work went into collecting, sorting and delivering these books and we are very grateful. Thank you to all the parents and children for donating all the wonderful books.

Wonderful Writing Walls

This is a snapshot of some of the wonderful writing taking place across our Academy.

Come and visit Mrs Martin in our library after school on a Monday. You might like to browse our new magazine selection too!

New Curriculum 2014

Progression Skills in Reading and Writing

Reading Progression Curriculum 2014

Writing Progression Curriculum 2014

Book Bands

Have you seen the brand new books your children are bringing home in their book bags?

Our wonderful and supportive PTA have funded a new book band scheme for the whole school! The wide range of exciting and engaging books are colour coded relevant to their level- beginning at lilac and ending at black (see image below). This will make it easier for you to understand and track your child’s reading progress. Please do note that the colours are matched to suggested year groups and this may differ depending on your child's requirements.

We want the children to enjoy these books, but please ensure they are well looked after and returned for a swap once they’ve been read.


These writing checklists give you an indication of the areas your child is working on at school.

You may wish to use these overviews as a guide to support your child at home.

Year R Writing

Year 1 Writing

Year 2 Writing

Year 3 Writing

Year 4 Writing

Year 5 Writing

Year 6 Writing


From year 1 the children will be taught to form cursive letters with a lead in and a lead out. This supports the progression to joined handwriting.

Lindfield Primary Academy Handwriting Policy 2016

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling

The current curriculum highlights the importance of children's grammar, punctuation and spelling knowledge. The attached booklets will be helpful to support their learning.

GPS booklet part one

GPS booklet part two

Read Write Inc

At Lindfield Primary Academy we follow the Systematic Synthetic Phonics Programme (SSP) Read Write Inc.

Read Write Inc. developed by Ruth Miskin, is a whole-school literacy programme for 4-11-year-olds. It is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

To find out more visit ruthmiskin.com or watch the short video below.

Teaching the sounds

Read, Write Inc. takes place Monday-Friday, 10.45-11.15am for all children in Early Years and Key Stage One and Monday-Wednesday for Key Stage Two.

Read Write Inc. pure sounds

Simple speed sounds chart

Complex speeds sounds chart

Handwriting phrases

Here you will find letters outlining the learning taking place in each Read Write Inc. group.









Off book

For some fun phonics games to play at home visit




Phonics Screening Check


  1. The phonics screening check is a statutory assessment that was introduced in 2012 for all children in Year 1.
  2. It will take place in early June.
  3. It comprises of a list of 40 words (20 real and 20 nonsense).
  4. Expectation from the Government is that pupils should achieve at least 32 out of 40 to reach the expected level. The pass mark varies year on year.
  5. The check will take up to fifteen minutes per pupil and will be conducted by the class teacher.
  6. Children who do not achieve the expected level at the end of Year 1 will retake the screening in Year 2.

You can generate your own sample word lists for practise at home here

Show and Tell in Years one, two and three.

Look at our new show and tell bags!

show and tell rota


As a school, we follow the The ‘Babcock No Nonsense Spelling’ programme in order to fully meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and ensure spelling is progressive and consistent across the school. The programme is targeted at years 2-6 and is designed to build firmly on the foundations of high quality phonics teaching and support a shift to the wider understanding of spelling conventions, patterns and rules whilst providing the opportunity to promote the learning of spellings, including statutory words, common exceptions and personal spellings.

Click here for some fun spelling games.

Babcock Spelling Scheme

Lindfield Primary Academy Spelling Policy 2016

Appendix 1 National Curriculum Spelling Overview

English Apendix 1: Spelling

Apendix 3: Early Years

Apendix 4: Year 3

Apendix 4: Year 4

Apendix 4: Year 5

Apendix 4: Year 6

Key Stage One

Below is a list of common exception words taken from the National Curriculum that children are required to read and spell by the end of key stage one.

Helping Your child with spelling

Year 1 common exception words - A

Year 1 common exception words - B

Year 2 common exception words - A

Year 1 common exception words - B

Key Stage Two

Within the new curriculum are a list of key words that children are expected to be able to spell by the end of Year 4 and Year 6. These words will be the words that your child will be focusing on at home. We have divided the list into smaller groups of words, to be learnt on a half-termly basis. We will assess your child at the beginning of the half term and then at the end. We expect your child to regularly practise these words at home. Back in school, your child will be learning strategies to help spell these words and he/she will also be learning other spelling rules and patterns given in the curriculum.

Marking Card

This marking card shows the marking symbols you will see on your child's work and a key to their meanings.

Developmental marking card

Ink Pots

Inkpots after school club is on Tuesday afternoons and is for children who love books, writing and drawing stories. The current group have a wide range of interests including drawing cartoon strips, making their own mini books, doing word games - and anything Harry Potter! Inkpots encourages children to use their imaginations, try new genres and express themselves through words and pictures. For more information, please contact gill@inkpots.org

Inkpots is a new after school club for children in Years 4, 5 and 6. The material here is by George, Tess, Hannah, Lily, Georgina and Rory.

The trainer twins by George

Here are some examples of the work we are creating in Inkpots.

See below for information on our exciting writing club- Inkpots!

Click here to view more information on the Inkpot Workshops

World Book Day

In celebration of World Book Day on Thursday 1st March, we enjoyed a whole week of books and writing activities. Local authors Claire Walker and Sebastian Hockaday inspired our key stage one children through their writing workshops and thanks to the PTA the classes all have copies of the author's books in their book corners to enjoy. Thank you to all children, parents and staff for the fantastic effort put into the many wonderful costumes for dress up day. It was fantastic to see such a wide variety of creative outfits and the children thoroughly enjoyed spending the day in role as their chosen bookcharacters! In recognition of the World Book Day 'Sharing Stories' theme, our wonderful PTA and parent helpers came in to every class to share a story and the whole school enjoyed reading at the same time in assembly- a magical sight. Remember, spending just 10 minutes a day reading and sharing stories with children can make a crucial difference to their outcome and it’s fun for all involved. Every class took part in creating a whole school story and we now look forward to reading the entries to our Key Stage Two 'Twisted Tales' writing competition! The book fair will be back with us in May along with the improved weather conditions (apologies for the cancellation)!

Video Book Reviews

View our winning video book reviews! Congratulations to: Key Stage Two winner Tess and joint runners up Tom and Edward. Key Stage One winner Oliver and runner up Will.

Termly Text Overview

Termly Text Overview

Assessment Framework 2017


Writing Key Stage 1

Writing Key Stage 2

Amazing Year 6 poetry writing in action

Writing Purposes and Experiences

We map the writing purposes that we cover each term across the school. This ensures we have a good coverage of skills and that the children are given a wide range of exciting and engaging writing experiences and opportunities.

Writing Purposes Year 1

Writing Purposes Year 2

Writing Purposes Year 3

Writing Purposes Year 4

Writing Purposes Year 5

Writing Purposes Year 6