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The learning of reading comprises of two strands-word reading and the fundamental acquisition of phonetic knowledge (linking up letters and sounds) and also comprehension. Children progress through the Letters and Sounds phases in Key Stage 1, and are supported with their ongoing English, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling lessons (GPS) into KS2 with daily lessons. The children experience a wide range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts to develop their knowledge of themselves and the world in which they live, to establish an appreciation and love of reading, and to gain knowledge across the curriculum. Children are allocated reading books from a book-banded scheme and take part in group guided reading activities daily. Children also have access to a wide range of books in our growing library.

Approach to reading

At Petersfield, we consider that it is vitally important that children have a secure understanding of the letter sounds and spelling system of English. Phonic skills need to be developed in a systematic, staged approach in order to help all children to 'achieve their potential'.

Phonics is taught through the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme from Early Years Foundation Stage, through KS1 and into KS2 if required and is supplemented through the use of The Jolly Phonic actions and rhymes during EYFS. The programme focuses on securing word recognition skills, essential for children to decode (read) and encode (spell) words accurately and reading comprehension. The programme is in six phases: phase one promotes speaking/listening skills, phonological awareness and oral blending/segmenting; phases two to five focus on high quality phonic work to help children develop fluent word reading and spelling skills. The children will also learn a variety of other key words by sight. Phase 6 is taught through English, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling lessons (GPS).

Reading books are matched to children’s phonics stage through a book banded system, they are predominantly phonics based with the addition of some story based books. They are used to reinforce the high quality teaching of phonics in class, to support learning at home and during reading opportunities throughout the school day. Children also have access to a wide range of books in our growing library.

Reading for Pleasure Statement

At Petersfield Church of England Primary School we believe that reading should be a fundamental part of childhood and a skill which should be developed to support lifelong learning.

Our aim is to develop and embed a strong, sustainable reading culture within the school community. Confident and competent readers will foster a love of reading through a rich and varied experience of texts, in which they are empowered to exercise freedoms of choice and independence.

Inspiring children to read is a moral imperative and their fundamental right. It underpins all learning and secures a good trajectory for personal development, understanding the world in which they live.

We believe that a reading child is a successful child and that:

  • children deserve a rich curriculum which encourages extensive reading of books and other kinds of texts;
  • planning enables links across learning, which create a wide range of opportunities in which children can read for pleasure;
  • children will have the opportunity to experience whole books to support them in their understanding of literary structures and allow them to become absorbed in the story itself;
  • the active encouragement of reading for pleasure should be a core part of every child's educational entitlement, whatever their background or attainment. Extensive reading and exposure to a wide range of texts make a huge contribution to students' educational achievement;
  • children will be encouraged to read texts which reflect their own heritage and that of other cultural groups. Children should be allowed to explore and engage with texts in their native language;
  • all children should have access to a wide range of texts in different formats and genres and support in enjoying them where necessary;
  • the school will engage and support parents in enabling access to a full range of reading experiences. Where this is not possible, action will be taken to provide compensatory measures which allow equality of access to all children;
  • home-school relationships will promote the importance of all adults in fostering a love of reading;
  • professional development and support for teachers will be provided to allow them to explore the huge range of printed and electronic reading materials available and to enable them to support children in their reading choices.

The school has a commitment to evaluate the outcomes of this Reading for Pleasure statement and continually review practice to ensure all children become lifelong readers.

Latest News

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.

22nd Feb - Today in Collective Worship, we talked about how we work together to achieve great things. As ever, the children offered very insightful reflections and led our prayer to start the new term.

22nd Feb - Welcome back to the start of the Spring 2 half term. Our critical worker pupils continue in school and our remote learning offer continues for those at home. We eagerly anticipate today's announcement. We have planned for possible eventualities, and have a County meeting booked ready.

12th Feb - School is now closed for the February Half Term. The office email will be monitored over the weekend (13th and 14th Feb) and Covid symptoms or positive cases should be reported promptly. School reopens for critical worker children and remote learning on Monday 22nd February.

12th Feb - Look out for today's end of term update email. This contains lots of information with suggested fun half term activities, Rev Felicity's Lent calendar and advance warning of Spring 2 activities including getting active and Red Nose Day.

12th Feb - I had the privilege of joining lessons virtually and looking on TEAMS today as Yew and Elm class finished and shared their 'hot write'. I enjoyed hearing the brilliant and creative stories read to me and reading the newspaper articles.

12th Feb - The Free School Meal (FSM) vouchers for February Half Term were delivered today by email. If you may be eligible, there is still time to apply. Information about FSMs and the Winter Grant was sent by email today.

12th Feb - Rev Felicity talked to us about Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent in Collective Worship. This year, rather than give up anything further, we are encouraged to do something for others throughout Lent. What will you do to make someone smile?

12th Feb - The 'Animal Experience' for each class today saw us introduced virtually to a selection of wild and unusual animals. The children asked some interesting questions to learn more. This was possible thanks to the FOPS fun run last term and your fantastic fundraising!

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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!


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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.


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