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Music and History Projects

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 multiple 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.

Rock Steady Music

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Petersfield School Anthem
Bert Trautmann Chants
Peasants' Revolt Rap
When Cambridgeshire Sings

When Cambridgeshire Sings was a folk song project supported by Heritage Schools, which started with 16 Primary schools in Cambridgeshire, and has extended to include schools in Bedford, Buckingham, Milton Keynes, Norfolk, Northampton, Luton and Suffolk, and the eight Champion Heritage Schools (one in each of the Heritage Schools regions).

map of locations

When Cambridgeshire Sings was originally set up in autumn 2019 by Karin Horowitz, who is a leadership and well-being coach and consultant, providing leadership and well-being support to head teachers and their teams. She has a strong interest in folk music and invited National Folk Award-winning singers The Young‘uns to work with 16 Primary schools to write new folk songs based on their local heritage. The songs were launched as an 'advent calendar' (a new song posted every day) on YouTube in December 2019. Children from Petersfield took part in the original project as you can hear above.

boys in projects

The Young'uns have a strong track record of working with schools through singing workshops, song writing sessions, storytelling and drama activities. Two of the band members were teachers before becoming full-time musicians. "We discovered folk songs and their transformative power by accident when we were teenagers. They gave us a proud, outward looking, inclusive and creative identity. We thought: 'why didn't anyone teach us these songs when we were at school?’ It's been part of our mission ever since to share and create songs that celebrate heritage and community in fun creative ways with as many young people as possible." (Sean Cooney, The Young’uns)

As part of the Heritage School project, Petersfield staff have received training and bespoke resources to support the teaching of history at Petersfield. We have now received a Historic England Heritage Schools Award for the children’s amazing song about the Orwell Clunch Pit and the history work in school.

On Friday 11th March, classes from Petersfield watched a live virtual concert from the Young 'Uns where they sang all of the songs which were recorded during the original 'When Cambridgeshire sings' project. Members of Yew Class who took part in the original project introduced their song and we received our plaque. We are very proud of the children!

In 2022-2023, we are delighted to have 4 more programmes planned linked to our Heritage England partner work.

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

28th Sept - Today we were delighted to welcome Dr Hughes on behalf of Diocese, to join us for the day to celebrate how we Live Life to the Full at Petersfield.

28th Sept - Well done Yew Class! Today's cake sale was very well received and a great fund raiser for FOPS.

28th Sept - Thank you to FOPS for the Uniform Swop Shop today. We are grateful for the donations from families which enabled this to happen.

28th Sep - Thank you to Rev. Felicity for leading our Harvest Service for the whole school this morning. It was very special to all be together at St. Andrew's for the first time since 2019.

27th Sept - Well done to our football team. A draw was a strong result tonight for your first game. Well played!

26th Sept - Today we welcomed one of our Foundation Governors into our choral worship. Mrs Wilkinson-Smith joined with us in singing our harvest hymns.

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