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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
This marking card shows the marking symbols you will see on your child's work and a key to
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 email@example.com
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.
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
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.