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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

4th May - There was much excitement in school today as the KS2 football club restarted after school.

4th May - Every class talked animatedly this afternoon as they explain their learning to our County Primary Advisor who visited virtually today.

4th May - We hope you had a great Bank Holiday! Our thanks to the staff who worked on the school site this weekend to weed and tidy the playground and sensory garden.

30th Apr - Happy Bank Holiday weekend! It was lovely to hear about the children's plans for the weekend today. We look forward to seeing all our pupils on Tuesday (not Monday!)next week!

30th Apr - Today, we joined many others in 'England does the Daily Mile' as every class continued our Daily Mile challenge.

29th - Due to the County wide internet issue, we have postponed today's Ash Class Assembly to next week - 6th May.

29th Apr - Our new phone line has been activated today. The usual school contact number should now been visible when we call you.

21st Apr - Year 5 and 6 were joined by representatives from the University of Cambridge to be awarded certificates and a set of 10 wooden microscopes for the winning images we submitted to the science image award last year.

19th Apr - We are very excited to be launching National Skipping Week with the World Record beating champion skipper, Pete Thompson, coming to demonstrate his skills and run workshops with the children.

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.

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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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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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