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Ash African Drumming

It is our aim for pupils to enjoy a variety of musical experiences whilst they are at Petersfield. Music is usually taught as a class activity. We use the online Music Express curriculum to deliver our main music curriculum. This includes the teaching of musical knowledge, concepts and skills are part of a broad and balanced curriculum, based on the skills of: singing and performing, composing, listening and responding to recorded music.

In order to deepen their skills as musicians, pupils will be shown a variety of instruments and music and asked about how they help us to engage emotionally and physically. They will be taught how to respond to music compositions and musical sounds so they can create and compose their own musical ideas and compositions with an increasing level of independence and recording as they move throughout their school career. Children are encouraged to identify and play a selection of instruments, with their sounds, patterns and contrasts in music spanning a range of genres, and use them to combine a range of instruments and voice/body to create percussive and melodic compositions.

We enable children to enjoy music through the development of listening skills and musical appreciation of live and recorded music. We use the BBC 10 pieces as part of our wider listening and appraising across the school and ensure good coverage of the history of music including living composers. Children are invited to choose music to listen to in our Collective Worship and assemblies. Teachers use the 2021 model music curriculum document to help engage the children in age appropriate music and a wide range of repertoire and musical genres. Children learn about a wide range of musical periods and of significant composers throughout Britain and the world in both lessons and in whole school sessions.

They will be encouraged to sing regularly with a view to perform at least annually to a wider audience. The vocabulary children use to discuss music will be built on each year. Each class has music playing during the day, this is to provide a pleasant and calm environment and to further more explore the variety of musical styles and periods.

Black History Music
Peripatetic Musical Tuition

Pupils have the opportunity to learn to play the piano with Mrs Lynn and many instruments in a band in the Rock Steady group, such as electric guitar, drums, and keyboard and use their vocals.

Hollands Cup

This cup is awarded half termly to a musician who has been recognised for outstanding musical achievement in school music lessons. It was presented to our school by Mr Don Hollands, a long time good friend to our school, pianist and a past parent. In July 2021, we introduced the Hollands Trophy in memory of Mr Hollands. This Trophy is awarded to a child who has excelled in their extracurricular music activities and we invite nominations from music teachers who work at Petersfield and those who teach our pupils outside of school. In July 2021, this new trophy was introduced following our inaugural virtual music extravaganza where pupils who learn an instrument in school or at home were invited to contribute to a virtual performance.

The Young'uns

This amazing folk band have visited our school on four occasions and worked with both the whole school and with Pine class, as part of “When Cambridgeshire Sings”. They have explored British Values, history and our locality through music. We look forward to working with them again soon! Most recently, they took us on a time-travelling journey, stopping at key periods in Orwell’s history. At each stage we took part in activities and sung songs linked to that time. For example, we went back 100,000 years to when there were lions, hyenas, bears and other animals living around here. We learned about the Barrington Hippo which was discovered in the Barrington Cement Works and can be seen in the Sedgwick Museum in Cambridge. We listened to a song all about the Barrington bones! We really enjoyed learning and singing the sea shanties and we learned that the sailors used them to create a rhythm for when they were working together. They also sung them to bring people together and motivate themselves.

This time we created an anthem which celebrates all the good things about Petersfield School. They performed our anthem in our assembly at the end of the day.

We're Petersfield school we sing out loud
Five strong trees we're standing proud
Ash, Elm, Pine, Rowan and Yew
With love and peace we'll sing to you

We're Petersfield school, we're Petersfield school
Together we work and play
We'll grow up smart with love in our heart
We're Petersfield school - hooray!

A recording of the Petersfield School anthem is available to watch on the school website below.

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Petersfield School Anthem
Bert Trautmann Chants
Peasants' Revolt Rap

As a result of 'When Cambridgeshire Sings', we are excited to have have teamed up with Historic England to develop this project further! We look forward to working with them again soon!

Young Voices

Each year pupils in Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to go to the O2 to be part of the biggest choir in the world! We learn the songs and then sing to the whole school in a special celebration assembly.

Rock Steady Young Uns

Latest News

14th Jan - Today in our Collective Worship we learned about Greta Thunberg and how her activism shows our value of 'perseverance'. We learned how we can be a light to others by encouraging those around us to be Earth-kind.

13th Jan - Thanks to the FOPS committee for meeting tonight and agreeing to donate £2000 to school. We look forward to updating you about how we have spent this. We also met to plan the upcoming exciting events including for the Spring term, Easter, The Queen's Jubilee and Run Orwell.

12th Jan - Rowan class introduced their 'kindness' tokens to the school as part of today's Headteachers' Collective Worship. We enjoyed hearing about how children have been a 'light to others' this week.

11th Jan - Today we introduced our half term's theme of 'Perseverance' in Collective Worship. After listening to Rev Felicity tell the Bible Story about Jeremiah, children reflected on times when persevering with telling the truth can be a challenging.

6th Jan - Thank you to Rev. Felicity for leading our Epiphany Collective Worship today. The children reflected on their hopes and aspirations for 2022 and how our school values guide them.

5th Jan - Thank you to all the parents who joined us virtually for the presentation of the Headteacher awards and Holland Trophy and Cup today. Resilience, the school values, progress and perseverance were consistently celebrated as children were a 'light to each other'.

Latest Publications


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!

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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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