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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.

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14th Dec - We had a real treat, this afternoon, watching Divergent Drama's 'Cinderyeller'. Our pupils said: 'It was wonderful. When I grow up, I want to be an actor like them' and 'It inspired me to think that I might write a play'. Thank you to FOPS for providing the funds for this.

14th Dec - Two Governors visited school to discuss children's extended writing which is one of our school priorities. The pupils were able to talk about their learning using their oracy skills and share their learning in their books.

13th Dec - The final EYFS and KS1 performance was the very best! Wow!

12th Dec - The carols under the tree in Wimpole Stables were fabulous tonight. Thanks to Sandra at Wimpole, all those who attended - especially the children on the instruments - and to FOPS for the warm minced pies.

12th Dec - Thank you to all the parents and supporters who enjoyed the EYFS and KS1 performance today. We all agree it was fantastic!

12th Dec - Rowan class attended REActive Church today. Thank you so much to Rev Felicity and the volunteers for this season's sessions.

11th Dec - Elm and Ash class, your dress rehearsal was fantastic! Thank you for Mother Goose who joined us for this performance.

10th Dec - We were delighted to be invited to sing carols at the Methodist church. Thank you to Mr Holland for playing and for the display of Christmas trees, the train and lights.

7th Dec - Pine Class led a Roman Celebration of Learning assembly. They shared artwork, stories and poems and had a quiz on Roman numerals.

6th Dec - Today, Pine class enjoyed REActive Church.

5th Dec - GenR8 are visiting today to tell the Christmas story.

5th Dec - Thanks to Mrs Bonfield and our creative pupils, we now have a beautiful, hand made advent calendar in the hall.

4th Dec - Yew class attended REActive Church today as we prepare for Christmas.

3rd Dec - Thanks to FOPS for bringing that Christmas feel to Petersfield today with all the Christmas decorations. Don't forget the bauble competition to decorate the tree. Due Monday 17th December.

1st Dec - Join us today, 10am to 4pm, for the wonderful FOPS Christmas Fair. Christmas trees, Father Christmas, amazing stalls and delicious food are all available at the Lordsbridge Arena.

30th Nov - The Christingle was a beautiful service at church, the children looked in awe and wonder at the reflections from the light of the candle flames.

29th Nov - Following help from a large number of parents today, we now have our Christingles ready for tomorrow's church service.

23rd Nov - We were again delighted to welcome our EYFS parents into school today to share a lunch with our youngest pupils.

23rd Nov - Our pupils shared what they had learnt in Road Safety week. The youngest pupils told us to stop, listen and think and Elm class shared these words in Spanish. KS2 completed a traffic survey, discussed the pros and cons of walking home alone and discussed road safety.

22nd Nov - Well done to all the KS2 cross country runners who participated in the event today. We were impressed by your perseverance.

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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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