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Pupils are taught reading, writing, speaking and listening and SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar).

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The learning of writing comprises of two strands-transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). Following the INSET training day in January 2017, a new handwriting policy is in place promoting handwriting writing throughout the school. In KS1, spelling progression is linked to the learning of sounds (phonetic knowledge) using the Letters and Sounds phases in KS1 and learning that there are certain 'tricky' words that must be known by heart. In KS2 spelling is taught using a structured spelling programme that builds on children's early phonic knowledge and focuses on learning spelling rules and conventions. High quality texts including digital media and short films are used in English teaching to enhance children's vocabulary, creativity and knowledge of and ability to use figurative language in their writing. Grammar and punctuation are also taught so that children learn to control their speaking and writing consciously and have an increasing command of Standard English.

The learning of writing comprises of two strands-transcription (spelling and handwriting) and composition (articulating ideas and structuring them in speech and writing). A new handwriting policy is due to be adopted in January 2016 promoting pre-cursive and cursive writing through out the school. In KS1, spelling progression is linked to the learning of sounds (phonetic knowledge) using the Letters and Sounds phases in KS1 and learning that there are certain 'tricky' words that must be known by heart. In KS2 spelling is taught using a structured spelling programme that builds on children's early phonic knowledge and focuses on learning spelling rules and conventions. High quality texts including digital media and short films are used in English teaching to enhance children's vocabulary, creativity and knowledge of and ability to use figurative language in their writing. Grammar and punctuation are also taught so that children learn to control their speaking and writing consciously and have an increasing command of Standard English.

World Book Day

Our successful Funding Bid from the Cambridge School Improvement Board saw the launch of Talking Together Oracy Project in January 2018. We are delighted to be working with Barrington and Foxton schools on this project. Oracy is the ability to communicate effectively and lack of oracy skills can be a significant barrier to children’s attainment. Oral communication links well to all areas of the curriculum and is an essential life skill. Both research and our experience have shown that good oracy leads to higher order thinking and deeper understanding which support children’s progress in all areas of the curriculum. Please see our document 'Oracy Information: How to develop your child's oracy skills at home' to support oracy in the home. Speaking and listening opportunities are encouraged across the whole curriculum. In KS1 we encourage pupils to participate in show and tell, presentation of their work to a group, drama activities and in class discussions. In KS2, pupils participate in discussions as a class, opportunities to prepare a talk, presentations on a topic and participate in debate and discussion.

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19th Oct - School is now closed for half term. However, holiday sports clubs are running throughout the holiday week. Monday 29th is a staff INSET training day so school will reopen for the new term to pupils, parents and visitors on Tuesday 30th Oct. Happy half term!

19th Oct - Mr Hollands presented the Hollands' Cup to Thomas for his musicality and love of music. He also gave us a treat by dancing for us!

19th Oct - Well done Petersfield, we raised £104.64 for the Shine charity. It was delightful to see all the children dressed in yellow. This money will really make a difference to families in Cambridgeshire.

19th Oct - We enjoyed a wonderful Black History assembly. Children presented work inspired by: Frank Bowling, Chris Ofili, Lublin Himid, Uno Egonu and Hurvin Anderson. The children's work was so good that it was difficult to see the difference between the artist and the children's.

15th Oct - The Lunchtime Company, new lunch providers as of today, received rave reviews from pupils and staff who commented on the amazing taste, delicious smell the moment you entered the dining hall and the significant improvement in the school meals today.

15th Oct - School started with much excitement in assembly as our Story Teller challenged our understanding of stories. Each class is participating in an exciting workshop in preparation for sharing stories with children from Barrington and Foxton school after half term.

12th Oct - Well done to Yew class for their delicious FOPS cake sale fundraiser.

8th-12th Oct - Thank you to our amazing careers' week parent volunteers. Our pupils said: 'fascinating, we didn't know how many jobs there are in the world, quite exciting listening to the people, incredible to hear about the jobs, interesting to hear what other people do for work, and inspiring!'.

10th Oct - We were delighted to welcome The Lunchtime Company into school to tell us all about the exciting and tasty new menu for school meals from October 15th.

8th Oct - Welcome to our PGCE students working in Ash Class.

8th Oct - Our careers week is already inspiring conversations about 'What I am going to be when I grow up' thanks to our talks today on careers in epidemiology, working with wildlife and being a human rights lawyer. Many thanks to out inspirational volunteers.

5th Oct - Our year 6 pupils visited Ely Cathedral today, along with 600 pupils from schools in the Diocese. Their focus was WW1 and what life was like at the Home Front. It ended with poppies falling in the octagon. 'It was so beautiful'.'I loved looking up and seeing the falling poppies'.

5th Oct - As today was World Smile Day, in Collective Worship we discussed the importance of smiles and how it makes you and others feel when you smile. We asked our pupils to go home and give their families a big smile!

5th Oct - It was wonderful to hear our cook praise the whole of Rowan class for their polite manners today. She said that every child thanked her and was so polite. She said that in all the schools she has worked in, she has never had a whole class do that before.

3rd Oct - We are really focusing on our learning behaviours in school and went through this together in assembly. After reading the children's comments in their behaviour questionnaires, we have amended our plans including how we sit in assembly.

28th Sept - Well done to our first Headteachers' Award winners of 2018-19. What a good example to set to others.

28th Sept - Our pupils were delighted, excited and inspired by Jamie, who came from Rocksteady Music School to work with our pupils. They said: 'I want a band of my own when I get older!' and 'It was fun playing the electric guitar'.

28th Sept - Thank you to all who supported our Macmillan Coffee morning and cake sale today. We raised £160 for this worthwhile charity.

27th Sept - Rowan and Yew classes enjoyed a busy day explored Wicken Fen as part of their curriculum topic.

21st Sept - We went to church today to celebrate and give thanks for harvest. The children donated food and money to the Royston Food Bank. Our children read the prayers they had written in buddy groups.

20th Sept - The primary focus of our first Full Governing Body meeting of the academic year was on our Petersfield Priorities to further raise standards. Please do see how you can help your child by reading the weekly update on the newsletter.

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SCHOOL CLOSURE PROCEDURE: As per County guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances. The decision will be made as soon as possible and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News'.


As we explained in our recent newsletter, we have updates our policies and privacy notice about how we process data in line with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). Click here for the updated policies.


Are you interested in being a Governor? Do you have HR or Finance skills? If so, please do visit our Governors' webpage to find out more about the strategic role of our Governors.


Funding for Petersfield - As you may have read in the media, school funding is under threat. Please click here to see the information about how you can continue to help.


We apologise for the intermittent, continuing fault on the phone line which we have again reported to the telephone company. Should you need to reach us, please press '6' immediately the phone is answered. Alternatively email the office.


The newspaper article about 'Max and Milky make it to Mars' - write by our Book Club volunteer Ute - can be accessed here. She has kindly donated a copy of her book to our school library.


Please see our vacancies page for opportunities for a Playworker and Caretaker.


Run Orwell - back in 2019. Save the date. 30th June 2019. Offering chipped timed 10K and 5K routes, and a 2K fun run, there will be something for everyone.


Save yourself time naming uniform and raise money for school. Visit www.stikins.co.uk. Quote code 15787

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