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Banbury library are currently displaying some fabulous wreath designs from our Reception class. They have been a huge hit and are bringing big smiles to those visiting. Beautiful work Nightingale class!


We would like to say a huge thank you to Crockers in Southam for their very kind donation of this beautiful Christmas Tree, our pupils and families love it!


Our final open event will be held on January 9th 2023. We would like to invite any prospective families looking to join us form September 2023 to come along and meet our team.


We will be hosting a second open event, on Monday 14th November from 9.30 to 11.30am, This is for parents unable to make the open event presentation on Tuesday November 1st. Please note space is limited and requires booking in advance. Please call the school on 01295 574004.


What a fabulous result from our book fair this week! Our pupils have raised nearly £250 worth of books for our school library. Thank you so much.


Sports4Kids coming soon to Cherry Fields.


A little taster of our hobby horses! Year 1 have enjoyed working alongside Simon Tipping to produce our May Day inspired carnival parade. We are excited to share the final product with our school community soon!


We have had a wonderful day celebrating our very first Cherry Fields sports day. Fantastic effort from the team, our pupils and all our families.


Thank you to Diane and Phill who created the wonderful sculptures on the Hanwell View park for meeting virtually with our Year 1 pupils on Monday. The children asked thoughtful questions about the artwork and were able to learn more about what it means to be an artist.


A huge well done to all of our pupils for their wonderful artwork which was displayed at our STEAM showcase event. What a wonderful celebration of your work!


A huge thank you to MJH Property Services in Banbury for making a second, very generous contribution to our school. Hi-vis jackets being beautifully modelled by 2 of our Year 1 pupils.


We are very excited for our celebration assembly next Wednesday 6th April. Always a fab event when we invite parents to join us and celebrate the success of our pupils. We will also be showcasing our amazing work for this term inspired by a trip to


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We are delighted to announce that our Outstanding nursery provision is expanding from January 2020. We are currently accepting applications for children born between 1st September 2015 to the 31st August 2017. If you haven't already applied please complete an application form.


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Following the recent ground breaking ceremony on the site of new Primary School in Banbury for & works have commenced with our team. For details see the school website:


Are you planning to come to our last open event at Longford Park on saturday 11 January 2020? Please do book you place via this link- We expect this event to be busy so don't miss out, book early! We look forward to welcoming you and your family.


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Booking is a must for tours - plenty of dates from today to January so come and see how to join the family


Open Evening Tue, 3 Dec 2019 17:00 - 18:30 Planning to attend our next open evening? Please book your ticket here - We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our sister school, Hardwick Primary


Please also consider completing our consultation questionnaire We welcome your opinion and our consultation is an important step on the way to getting our funding agreement signed. Without funding we cannot open so please do take the time to do so.


Thank you so much to the parents and carers who supported us today by attending our open morning at Hardwick Primary. It was lovely to meet you. Did you miss it? Join us next time. Please see our website for future events and application forms:


Spring 1 Curriculum Newsletter

 Darwin Nursery

Welcome back to Term 3

This term we are looking forward to welcoming new children to our nursery, we will be helping them to establish routines and support them in becoming independent in class. We are enormously proud of all our children who have been working hard to establish independence, grow in confidence and make friends with each other.


This term our STEAM focus is Engineering. We will be learning about what an engineer does - how they think of ideas to solve problems and then create plans and designs and build a variety of different objects/structures. There will be stories to support our engineering theme, these will be: ‘The Three Little Pigs’, where the children will be looking at how to plan and build their own houses and testing which materials are better. Another of the stories will be ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ - following this story the children will be developing their engineering skills and helping baby bear to fix his chair. The story of “The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ will support our final STEAM showcase structure, building a bridge that can stand up unsupported. Using these stories will support the children in developing their understanding of what an engineer is and what their job entails. We will be encouraging all the children to become engineers themselves and create and build all kinds of creations!

The areas of learning and development

There are seven areas of learning and development in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly important for building a foundation for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, forming relationships and thriving.

These are the Prime areas:

  • Communication and language: the number and quality of the conversations they have with adults and peers throughout the day in a language-rich environment is crucial. By commenting on what children are interested in or doing and echoing back what they say with new vocabulary added, practitioners will build children's language effectively. Reading frequently to children, and engaging them actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and then providing them with extensive opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, will give children the opportunity to thrive.
  • Physical development: Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development, enabling them to pursue happy, healthy and active lives. Gross and fine motor experiences develop incrementally throughout early childhood, starting with sensory explorations and the development of a child’s strength, co-ordination and positional awareness.
  • Personal, social and emotional development: PSED is crucial for children to lead healthy and happy lives and is fundamental to their cognitive development. Underpinning their personal development are the important attachments that shape their social world. Strong, warm and supportive relationships with adults enable children to learn how to understand their own feelings and those of others.

We also support children in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

This term we will be exploring the following principles within each of the specific areas:


  • Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured and tell own stories.
  • To talk about principal characters and events in the stories they listen to.
  • Recognising familiar words and signs, such as own name.
  • Making up stories, play scenarios, and drawings in responses to experiences.


  • Children will gain confidence in counting forwards as well as backwards from 0-5
  • Children will show an interest in shape and will be learning how lines can enclose a space, using this in their planning and designing as part of their engineering process.
  • The children will be using language of position and direction while building this term.
  • Children will be learning to order objects by size

Understanding the world

  • Children will explore and learn about different occupations that link with our topic.
  • Children will explore differences between materials and changes they notice as these materials are tested
  • Developing positive attitudes when comparing differences and similarities between people.

Expressive Arts and Design: exploring media and materials

  • Children will explore a range of construction materials, making a variety of objects and they will discover that enclosed spaces can create 3D structures
  • Children will select materials they want to use to build a house, a chair and a bridge.
  • Children will experiment with joining materials together and learn how to do this effectively.




It is crucial for children to develop a life-long love of reading. Reading consists of two dimensions: language comprehension and word reading. Language comprehension (necessary for both reading and writing) starts from birth. It only develops when adults talk with children about the world around them and the books (stories and non-fiction) they read with them, and enjoy rhymes, poems, and songs together.

Our Read Write Inc phonic scheme starts in nursery with the children beginning to learn the rhymes that match the letters, please look on our website for these.

This term we will be continuing to build the foundations to early phonics by teaching children to discriminate sounds, including environmental, musical, body percussion and voice sounds. At this stage in children’s development, rhythm, rhyme and alliteration are important, so do please read lots of Nursery Rhymes at home to support our work in class.

We are excited to be continuing ‘Talk through stories’ this term, which provides the opportunity for children to really explore key texts, understand the principle of the story, learn new vocabulary, and explore new characters. Each week we focus on one key text which the children will become familiar with.

Our literacy key texts for this will be:

  • Hugless Douglas by David Melling
  • A Little Bit Brave by Nicola Kinnear
  • The bear and the piano by David Litchfield

Please ensure that you find daily opportunities to read to your child and support them on their journey to becoming a reader.

If you have any concerns, please come and speak to us. We tend to have more time at the end of the day as our priority in the morning is to settle the children and begin our learning.

Thank you for your continued support – we are looking forward to sharing your child’s achievements with you at the upcoming parents’ meetings and continuing to capture their learning through Tapestry observations.


Mr Morten

Nursery Lead


Letters Home Date  
Term 2 Curriculum Newsletter - Nursery 06th Nov 2020 Download
Talking with your children 13th May 2022 Download