Compton House Nursing Home Visit

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.

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!

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

We’re pleased to tell you about some of the exciting activities that took place in celebration of World Book Day 2019 It was a fantastic week!

Our local Usborne representative Amanda Saunders launched our sponsored read.

The Usborne book fair took place after school and raised huge amounts of money for the school. We are very grateful and look forward to buying lots of new books!

Award winning illustrator William Grill was unfortunately poorly but will be returning to inspire pupils to appreciate the huge breadth of storytelling possibilities images provide.

To celebrate World Book Day, children and staff came to school dressed as their favourite book characters. The day incorporated many themed activities and saw the launch of our illustration competition inspired by the PTA.

Story Time Afternoon

An enthusiastic team of storytellers from our wonderful PTA visited each class to share picture books with the children.

There were many other fun, book based activities including DEAR- Drop everything and read which was lots of fun.

Many thanks to the PTA for their financial support and wonderful ideas.

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

Below are examples of the exciting writing opportunities taking place across the school this term.

Early Years

Early Years read the book 'Naughty Bus' as part of their Vroom Vroom topic about vehicles. In the book the bus causes chaos at it drives across the dinner table and even falls in the garden pond! The children then created their own messy scenes to drive their buses through and wrote a sentence about it.

Year 2

Year 2 have had an exciting time this term. They discovered a dragon egg in the classroom and a few days later came in to find the dragon had hatched and was no where to be seen! In response to the missing dragon, the children designed a dragon trap and have written instructions to share with the school in the hope we can find it!

Year 3

Year 3 have been learning all about Mount Vesuvius and the devastation it caused to the city of Pompeii. The children collected a variety of adjectives, powerful verbs and a range of sentence starters to write a wonderful description all about the eruption of this famous volcano!

Year 4

In Year 4, we had a fantastic time reading Shakespeare's tale of Macbeth. The characters were intriguing, the setting was mysterious and the suspense had us on the edge of our seats!

As part of our learning, we wrote a newspaper article surrounding the unexplained death of the much loved King Duncan. To do this effectively, we focused on an introduction which hooked the reader in, paragraphs explaining the events in chronological order and incorporated quotes from the main characters. It was a lot of fun and we are really proud of our final work.

Year 5

Year 5 watched the banned advert for Iceland that used the story of Rang-Tan to reveal the shocking truth about palm oil and its devastating impact on the environment, particularly Orangutan's habitats. The children were outraged that this message was unable to reach audiences across the UK, so were inspired to create their own informative and persuasive pieces to spread the message.

Ava worked incredibly hard to independently plan, draft and publish her contrasting description of the beauty and tranquility of the rain forest before palm oil farming, and the devastating destruction after. She has used emotive language and repetition to great effect, and her illustrations enhance the contrast in her writing beautifully.

Year 6

During the Autumn term, Year 6 studied the Battle of Britain and learnt about the history of World War II. The brave men and women who defended our country at that time inspired excellent writing opportunities.

We looked at the animation, 'The Piano' by Aidan Gibbons, as part of a visual literacy unit. It tells the tale of a man who relays his past to his grandson through a haunting melody. The animation allowed the Year 6 pupils to look at the war from a different perspective and think about the impact that the war had on people during the 1940's but also how it affected lives long after the war was over. Scarlett wrote a poignant retelling of the animation using beautiful descriptions that shows the reader - in a similar way that the animation did - some of the complex emotions that the man experienced. A beautiful piece of writing!

As part of our unit on the Battle of Britain we looked at Remembrance poems and we discussed the importance of remembering not only those who fought for our country in the past but also the men and women who put their lives on the line today. Ethan was inspired to write his poem of remembrance after reading and discussing 'In Flanders Fields' by John McCrae and 'For the Fallen' by Laurence Binyon. Ethan captured different aspects of both World War I and II and used repetition really well to give this moving poem a lovely rhythm and fluency.

West Sussex It starts with a picture

Don’t miss out!

Entry to this writing competition is voluntary but we would like to encourage children to participate because this is a wonderful opportunity to show off the writing talent we have at our academy.

Your child can get an information sheet from their class teacher, if they haven’t already. Please see below the pictures that each year group will write about. Coloured versions of the images are available in classes and we encourage children to look at them carefully and then let their imaginations run wild!

Children can choose any text type or writing purpose they want, from poems to stories to non-fiction reports. They can even combine a few text types; the options are endless! Handwritten and well-published entries are encouraged and can vary in size from A5 to A3.

All entries MUST be handed in to class teachers on the 11th of February 2019!

We look forward to seeing lots of exciting writing!

Kind regards,

Mrs Hall and Miss Duncalfe

PTA Book Week Illustration Competition 2019

PTA Illustration Competition