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Mission Zero

In 2020, as part of our Computing Code Club, we had four Petersfield Code Club teams enter the Astro Pi Mission Zero Challenge. The children wrote simple programs using Python programs to take a humidity reading on-board the International Space Station and communicate it to the astronauts with a personalised message. The programs ran on the International Space Station whilst it was over:

  • 1. Orenburg Oblast, Russia
  • 2. Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA
  • 3. Just south of Hawaii, North Pacific
  • 4. Near the Pitcairn Islands, South Pacific

Shaun the Sheep – Mission to Space

The Code Club children learned how to code their own animation about the global flock-star, Shaun the Sheep, and his new alien-friend Lu-La. This project was part of the Code Club 'Shaun the Sheep: Mission to Space' Competition, which was open to all Code Clubs around the world. The children created their animations using Scratch. Click here to see one of their entries…

On Friday 20th January 2017, Rowan class were chosen to represent KS2 who have been learning new programming skills thanks to the support of The Technology Partnership plc (TTP) and David Anderson. Rowan class were filmed designing and making Lego "frogs" move. The film is available to view below. Our pupils were very excited and were able to demonstrate their love for learning and their acquisition of these technological skills.

TTP brings robotics to the next generation of coders

The Technology Partnership funds new robotics lessons to teach coding to teachers and students alike

The Technology Partnership plc (TTP) has announced it is supporting an initiative in Cambridgeshire to help teachers with the new skills they need to teach coding to the next generation of learners. The idea is being led by David Anderson, a robotics/software expert and former employee at TTP, who has strong ties to the education sector. The programme was launched in response to the need for new skills amongst primary school teachers who are now expected to teach coding as a core part of the National Curriculum. As a world leader in technology and product development, TTP works to ensure that the fundamental skills within its sector flourish in the UK market and believes this has to start with education – of teachers as well as students.

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Supporting the New Curriculum

In 2014, a revolution in the National Curriculum for schools replaced ICT with Computing, with a focus on equipping pupils with the skills to thrive in a digital world. As laid out in the guidance from the Department for Education, this has a particular focus on teaching "the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming." Whilst changing the curriculum will help bring talent into the industry in the future, it has resulted in primary school teachers having to learn to teach the new topic. A plethora of online resources and communities have sprung up to assist teachers in learning how to teach programming skills. However, such programmes are voluntary and require considerable investment of already stretched teachers’ time to achieve success. David Anderson, Robotics Programme Leader, says: "In 2014, the Government recognised that the old ICT curriculum was not producing employees with the skills required for the growing technology sector. Thus, a change was made to the subject to ensure that basic programming skills were being taught. Although the change was welcomed by the technology sector, it was apparent that there was a knowledge gap amongst teachers. That’s when I knew there was an opportunity for both myself and TTP to give back to the community and to share our expertise."

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Recruitment challenges

Peter Taylor, TTP Group CEO also commented, "Recruiting candidates of the right calibre is still a challenge within the technology sector, and whilst changing the curriculum has been a step in the right direction, it hasn’t taken into account the need for teachers to upskill in order to teach it effectively. By supporting this initiative, not only are we helping increase our future talent pool, we are also directly giving back to the local community and sharing our expertise where it is sorely needed. We hope that more schools adopt this approach in order to deliver the best learning environment for our future tech stars."

Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School, Orwell

Petersfield Church of England (Aided) Primary School was chosen for the project due to its commitment to driving forward teaching best practices in technology. The school’s vision is to foster a lifelong desire to learn in its pupils, which marries well with TTP’s own culture of innovation and achievement. TTP has worked with David Anderson and the school to identify and develop the best training programme to benefit teachers and students. TTP has covered the purchase of LEGO® WeDo kits, to assist in the teaching of basic programming skills. Designed with schools in mind, the LEGO® WeDo kit contains a selection of LEGO® bricks, sensors and components which pupils can use to create programmable models. Whilst the kits come with a number of predefined projects that can be created, Anderson has been working with the school’s teachers to encourage the children to branch out and discover what new configurations they can build.

David Anderson said: "LEGO® is the perfect medium to use in programmes such as this as the children are already familiar with playing and creating using the bricks. It allows them to be more imaginative and experiment with the options open to them. I don’t feel that I am teaching them in a traditional sense, I’m helping them to experiment and work out the problems and solutions for themselves."

About TTP

The Technology Partnership plc (TTP) is Europe’s leading independent technology and product development company. Part of TTP Group, it combines the strengths of science, engineering and business enterprise to develop new technologies, new products, and new businesses. TTP Group is headquartered on Melbourn Science Park (near Cambridge, UK) and currently employs over 300 people in its businesses, of whom the majority are scientists and engineers.

Mission Space Lab

Two teams from Petersfield Code Club successfully completed all four phases of the ESA Mission Space Lab 2020/21. The first phase of the mission involved designing an experiment to run on a special Raspberry Pi - an Astro Pi - on the International Space Station as it orbited the Earth. The second phase was coding the experiment. The third phase was deploying the experiments to the ISS. At each stage, judges decided which teams should go on to the next phase, with only the best experiments being deployed to the ISS. Each Mission Space Lab experiment ran for 3 hours, during which time the ISS orbited the earth twice. The Petersfield teams’ experiments took pictures of the Earth using a special camera and recorded ISS location data. The map shows where the ISS flew over on one experiment and where pictures were taken where the Earth was in daylight.

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The results of the experiments were downloaded by ESA from the ISS and sent back to school. Phase 4 was the analysis of the results and the creation of final reports. The teams’ final reports are here.

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Special thanks for the parental support on Mission Space Lab which helped make this possible.

Code Club 2020/2021

In 2020/21, Code Club met online and in school when permitted. At the conclusion of the school year, we had our first Y6 leavers from Code Club. Here are two great examples of their work during their time in Code Club.

Are you looking for a way to start that all-important conversation about social media, gaming and other online activities with your son or daughter? Check out the latest issue of Digital Parenting magazine.

Latest News

3rd Dec - Today we welcomed our County Primary Advisor, Emma Fuller, into school virtually. She was pleased to report on our effective safeguarding.

2nd Dec - Tonight FGB met virtual to review the work of the school. One action was to agree the 2022-23 term dates which will be uploaded to the website soon.

2nd Dec - This afternoon we welcomed Mrs Coulson, our Diocese EDRA, into school virtually. It was lovely to share our curriculum learning with her and to talk about how our reflective areas have continued to be well used despite necessary modification over the last year.

2nd Dec - What a showcase of your curriculum learning your assembly was Yew Class! Well done! You indeed have the power in you! Thank you to all the parents who joined us.

1st Dec - Today, we explored our next 'Walk through the Bible' story.

1st Dec - Breathe in! Well done everyone, flu vaccinations were administered by the wonderful visiting health team at Petersfield today.

30th Nov - Thank you to Rev. Felicity for leading our virtual Christingle service. This is always a moment of awe and wonder. Rev Felicity lit her advent wreath. Ours is in Ash class this year so our youngest pupils can see it in person.

30th Nov - Today we were delighted to welcome the English Advisor into school to review the fantastic writing in KS1. Whilst she only met with Miss Way and Mrs Penrose to review the books due to Covid, we were able to celebrate the quality of the writing and plan for future teaching and learning.

26th Nov - INSET day. School is closed on Friday 26th November to all pupils, parents and visitors for staff training.

25th Nov - In today's Celebration Collective Worship, pupils and staff who have shown generosity were recognised. Children were tasked with being generous with their time over the INSET long weekend.

24th Nov - Wow Ash class! Your biscuit making looked so fun. What superb biscuits you made.

24th Nov - We enjoyed showcasing year 5 and 6 writing as we worked with the English advisor yesterday.

19th Nov - Thank you for everyone's generosity in donating to Children in Need on Own Clothes day.

19th Nov - Today we virtually shared the Road Safety learning which had taken place in each class this week. The posters to remind us all how to keep safe, especially when it is dark, are to be posted around the school.

19th Nov - Well done to year 3 and 4 for their Bikeability participation today.

18th Nov - 'Brilliant' and 'Fantastic' were just two of the words used in feedback to describe the fantastic Rowan Class Assembly today. Well done done Rowan Class!

17th Nov - Well done to our top 3 finishers, all our runners for taking part and to our fantastic pupils who cheered on their team mates and other schools at the Cross County.

12th Nov - This morning pupils and staff were full of smiles as they headed off to their first school visit - West Stow - in a long time.

11th Nov - Whilst Governor meetings, continue to be virtual, governors continue to dedicate their time to ensuring the strategic vision of the school. The focus for this evening's meeting included the recent behaviour training and the School Development Plan area of writing.

11th Nov - We continue to offer socially distanced, bespoke, external tours of the school for our September 2022 EYFS pupils. Today it was lovely to meet more preschool pupils. If your child is due to start school and you would like to book, please do contact the school office.

11th Nov - After following the standard bearer to the village gathering, Yew class joined the local community to mark the 11th November. In school, we also observed the silence and children brought in photos of family members in the forces to share.

11th Nov - Today, our Local Royal British legion representative joined us to unveil our pupil designed friendship bench, dedicated to the memory of Mr Bob Bryant, a long time great friend to Petersfield.

10th Nov - The range of skills and knowledge showcased through this half term's homework projects are again fantastic to see. The children have started sharing their learning with their class today.

9th Nov - Today our Collective Worship focuses on Remembrance and memories. Mr Hollands' son made a fantastic presentation to show how the wonderful new Hollands Trophy was made.

4th Nov - Thank you to the new FOPS committee who met tonight. Their tireless work to support the school with fun events and fundraising is much appreciated.

4th Nov - Congratulations to our Hollands Cup and and Hollands Trophy winners today for excelling in music this term.

4th Nov - Today everyone was absolutely delighted to receive the Hollands Trophy which has been handmade by Chris Holland. This is a truly magnificent trophy and a fitting tribute in memory of Mr Hollands, a long standing supporter of music at Petersfield.

4th Nov - Well done to all our Headteacher Awards recipients today. Thank you to all the parents who joined us to share in recognising the many successes over the Autumn 1 half term.

3rd Nov - Thanks to our super year 6 English Challenge team, we came third and within 2 points of the winner in today's heat. What a super display of literacy skills and team work!

3rd Nov - Our pupil led basket ball sessions are proving VERY popular at lunchtime. Well done year 6!

2nd Nov - Our new Collective Worship theme is 'Generosity'. Together we have been thinking about examples of generosity shown in our Petersfield school community.

2nd Nov - Today we have talked about changes to break and lunchtimes and the children did a great job of showcasing these changes.

2nd Nov - Welcome back! It is great to have everybody back in school today and so enthusiastic about their learning!

1st Nov - After a busy INSET day of learning and planning, we look forward to welcoming pupils back tomorrow. Today's training focus was on promoting positive behaviour.

22nd Oct - Wow! Our Ash and Elm Black History Celebration was beautifully presented to KS2.

22nd Oct - School is now closed for the half term holiday. If you have a Covid case in the next 2 days, please do contact the school via the school email. Remember the clocks change and Monday 1st November is an INSET day! School will reopen to pupils, parents and visitors on 2nd November.

22nd Oct - Today is dedicated to the memory of Martyn Green.

22nd Oct - Following Parents' Evening, a copy of your child's report has come home today.

22nd Oct - Well done to our Year 6 children who have suggested the basket ball club, set it up, organised the resources, practised and are now ready to run taster sessions. Don't forget to complete their sign up sheet after half term!

21st Oct - Today saw the first of a two-part Collective Worship where pupils shared their curriculum learning, their work as part of Black History Month and linked this to our theme of being a 'light' to others.

21st Oct - Thank you to all the parents and carers who joined us for Parents' Evening tonight.

20th Oct - Thank you to everyone who joined the FOPS (PTA) AGM tonight. Welcome to the new Committee members. Thank you for the agreed donations to the school for the academic year.

20th Oct - Our Year 5 and 6 Playleaders completed the morning of training ready to support their peers at break times after the half term holidays.

21st Oct - Thank you to everyone who joined us for tonight's parent-teacher meetings. These are so important in supporting the children's learning.

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Notices

Is your child due to start school in September 2022? If so, click here to visit our admissions page.


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 returned as a much enjoyed Covid secure event in June 2021. Keep an eye on the website for updates about the next planned event!


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


Covid update - Our Covid page contains information to support your child throughout the pandemic.


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.


Following the recent phone upgrade, please leave a message if the school phone is not answered, including out of school hours. We will then receive and email alerting us to your call. Alternatively, please email the school 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.


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