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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.

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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.

Latest News

23rd May - Well done to our year 2 pupils who today completed their final SATS test. They worked very hard and we are very proud of them!

17th May - Four year 6 pupils did an excellent job (especially as it was just hours after their last maths SAT!) representing Petersfield at the St Faiths' Maths Challenge. Our thanks go to Mrs Anderson for leading this visit.

17th May - Well done year 6, you completed the final SATs test today and remained a credit to yourself and the school throughout the tests. The beautifully iced cakes were very well deserved!

16th Mar - We were delighted to be joined by Mrs Jane Johnson, one of our school governors, in assembly today. She spoke to the children about the importance of reading and told them the results of the recent Governor Reading questionnaire.

14th May - What an incredible year 6! We are so proud of how you have tackled this week's SATS! Keep it up all week, year 6. Well done!

8th May - With the swimming season nearly upon us (much to the delight of our pupils!) staff attended our annual first aid and resuscitation training in preparation for swimming.

8th May - Year 5 representatives attended a creative writing masterclass at BVC where they took part in a variety of fun activities focused on generating story ideas before writing a short story and reading it aloud.

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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 - the inaugural FOPS summer run is eagerly anticipated and happening on 24th June 2018. Offering chipped timed 10K and 5K routes, and a 2K fun run, there will be something for everyone. Please register by clicking here.

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