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EYFS
The Early Years Foundation Stage

We work closely with the local pre-schools and parents to assist us in identifying an accurate baseline and ensuring a smooth transition for all pupils starting school in Reception.

Our practise is largely informed by the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework which is adapted to meet the needs of each individual child. This is the statutory guidance on the standards that schools and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children under 5.

Planned, purposeful play is the foundation of development and learning for young children. It is the way skills are developed and practised. Children take part in a mix of child-initiated and adult led activities.

The curriculum is based upon 7 areas, 3 prime and 4 specific. The prime areas are Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical Development and Communication and Language. The specific areas are Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Personal Social and Emotional Development
  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviours
Physical development
  • Moving and handling
  • Health and safety and care
Communication and Language
  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking
Literacy
  • Reading
  • Writing
Maths
  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure
Understanding the World
  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology
Expressive Arts and Design
  • Exploring media and materials
  • Being imaginative

We assess children at the end of the Reception year against the Foundation stage profile. At the end of the year, progress and attainment will be reported to parents in an Early Years Foundation Stage report.

We develop children’s characteristics of learning throughout the year using Growth Mindset characters. The characteristics of learning include:

  • Playing and Exploring - Finding out and exploring, Playing with what they know, Being willing to have a go.
  • Active Learning - Being involved and concentrating, Keeping trying, Enjoying achieving what they set out to do.
  • Creating and Thinking Critically - Having their own ideas, Making links, Choosing ways to do things.

Latest News

15th Apr - Well done to the well deserved winners of the Headteacher Awards and Hollands Cup presented virtually today. Thank you to family members who shared in these achievements with us.

13th Apr - Today, Rev Felicity led our service as we joined with Barrington School virtually. We reflected on a 'Life Well Lived' in our Collective Worship following the Death of HRH Duke of Edinburgh.

12th Apr - Welcome back to the Summer term! What a fantastic start to the term! Our children's enthusiasm for learning and seeing their peers is great to see.

30th Mar - We are pleased to report that the Track and Trace process for the end of the Spring term is now complete with no positive Covid cases to report. If you or your child now develops symptoms, please follow NHS Track and Trace. Happy Easter Everyone!

26th Mar - If anyone who has been in school develops symptoms or has a positive Covid test on Saturday 27th or Sunday 28th March, please notify school immediately via the office email. After this, please follow the newsletter instructions and follow NHS Track and Trace requirements.

26th Mar - School is now closed until Monday 12th April. Happy Easter!

26th Mar - There are lots of Easter trails and challenges taking place this Easter thanks to FOPS, St Andrews and the Methodist church. We look forward to seeing photos of your involvement. The paper copies of the FOPS trail and colouring competitions are in school bags today.

26th Mar - Thank you to Rev Felicity and Barrington School for sharing in today's Collective Worship. A silver lining of remote learning is the opportunity to join together virtually with ease as two schools for our Lent Service.

25th Mar - The Free School Meal vouchers for the Easter holidays will be emailed tomorrow to those eligible. If you think you may qualify, please do get in touch. Don't forget the Winter Grant is available to families in need. More information can be found with today's Petersfield Press email.

23rd Mar - Today at noon, each class took a minute to reflect on the impact of Covid, both in school and in the wider community, over the last year.

22nd Mar - Through drama and poetry, Elm class explored the parable of the Lost Sheep and related this to their class family. They reflected maturely on friendships in Elm class.

22nd Mar - Today on our Understanding Christianity Day, we were impressed by the confident use of the vocabulary children employed to explain their understanding of the story of Easter.

19th Mar - Today we raised funds for Red Nose Day. The wide range of Superhero costumes sparked debate about just how many superheros we know in our community.

12th Mar - Thank you so much to all the Mums who joined us virtually today. The lovely things the children said about you shows just how special you are!

10th Mar - 8:40pm We are pleased to report that the issue has now been resolved and so school is OPEN tomorrow. Thank you to pupils, parent and staff for your support and prompt action today.

10th Mar - 19:35pm We are still at school waiting for the plumbing issue to be resolved. We will update the website before we leave school tonight.

10th Mar - 1:02pm URGENT School must CLOSE due to a major issue with the plumbing. Anglian water are expected but in the interim school must close. Parents, please see the email and your urgent collection time for today.

8th Mar - The smiling, enthusiastic faces today of both pupils and staff made our day! Welcome back everyone!

5th Mar - Our final 'Petersfield Press' update of the week has been sent today as we prepare for all pupils' return on Monday. We are REALLY looking forward to seeing you all!

2nd March - As we further prepare for pupils' Monday 8th return, we have recorded another video for children and parents to share more information about the return. We have also sent the key information to parents in a 'Petersfield Press' email. Any questions, please do ask classteachers.

1st March - The first of several expected 'Petersfield Press' updates has been sent by email today to accompany the latest video update for pupils as we prepare for the full opening next week.

26th Feb - Petersfield Press has been sent by email this afternoon. There are lots of updates so please do read about next week and some full opening logistics detailed in the email.

24th Feb - Today we launched Bishop Stephen's Lent Challenge. Check out Mrs Wright's video to introduce the challenge. We look forward to learning with you over the next 5 weeks and receiving your response to the Bishop's challenge.

22nd Feb - Like you, we have listened to the Prime Minister's address to the Commons today. We will be in touch asap once we have have met with County. We will be asking for provisional Puffins bookings up until Easter for those who need this provision to be able to work.

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Notices

Is your child due to start school in September 2021? If so, click here to find out more about how to visits and learn about how to apply to join our fantastic school.


Have you tried any of the experiments in the science magazines you can find on the 'Science is Fun' webpage? Click on the 'Curriculum' tab to find out more.


Have you visited our 'Reading for Pleasure' page where local published author Ute Maria is adding stories regularly? Click on the 'Curriculum' tab to enjoy the stories.


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


Run Orwell - now a virtual event for everyone! Click here to visit the website and join in!


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


Covid-19 Coronavirus update - we continue to follow the government guidance available via this link. At all times, safety is our highest priority. Please ensure you follow guidance and school communications particularly regarding illness, isolation and e


As per County and national guidance, Petersfield will only close in exceptional circumstances or where instructed to do so. The decision will be made ASAP and displayed first on our school website in the 'Latest News' above.


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.


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.


As we explained in a 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.


Please see our vacancies page for an opportunity for a Playworker.


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.

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