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We would like to say a huge thank you to Hanger Storage Logistics for generously donating a buddy bench to our school. Seen here with our Year 1 and 2 students.


Early Years has a special visit this week from Lucia's Tiny Farm. They got to meet and handle animals as young as 5 weeks old, learning about the life cycle and different stages of growth. Fun whilst learning


What a fantastic effort from staff and children alike!


Early years funding is changing! Please do visit to find out more. From September we will be offering places for 2 years olds. Please contact us to arrange a tour of our fantastic nursery. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


Did you know many working parents can now apply for funding for their 2 year old's childcare? For more details please visit the Childcare Choices website. Our nursery will offering places for 2-4 year olds from September. Please contact us to find out more on 01295 574004


Did you know many working parents can now apply for funding for their 2 year old's childcare? For more details please visit the Childcare Choices website. Our nursery will offering places for 2-4 year olds from September. Please do contact us to find out more 01295 574004


A first for Cherry Fields! We are very excited to have welcomed Tom from into school today. Some excellent budding musicians had their first go with keyboards and guitars today.


We are very proud to show off the fabulous Christmas artwork by our Darwin and Nightingale classes, which is proudly on display at Banbury Library.If you pop down please have a look, they have pride of place as you enter! Amazing work!


Please join us at our next open event, in preparation for choosing your Reception places for next September. The Head Teacher will give a presentation, a tour of the setting and allow our prospective families the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.


The Year 3 class have had a very creative day with Banbury BID building their own lanterns, for the Christmas Parade around Banbury Town. Wonderful skills demonstrated by our children and our grown up helpers too!


We would like to say a huge thank you to the "Outstanding" team here at Cherry Fields. Our PTA presented the team with some custom made cakes and a card to show their appreciation and continued support.


On Friday we had the pleasure of welcoming the Canal and River Trust into school for a water safety assembly. Fabulous engagement from all our pupils and some great information shared. Thank you


Our Year 2 class enjoyed their first cooking lesson this week. Attenborough class made their own dough and chopped the toppings for their pizza's. They then took these home with instructions on how to cook for their dinner!


We recently welcome a talented local artist into school to work with our reception class. Delia shared her work, style, media and inspirations as well as running activities with the children allowing them to learn new techniques.


Thank you Banbury Library for sharing these beautiful pictures of our Year 1 and Year 2 class' art work after their trip to the library to celebrate World Book day 2023.


What a fantastic week celebrating World Book day! We have had breakfast and a book with our families, our reading challenge, school trip to Banbury library and now our favourite book character costumes.


We had a fantastic turn out for our breakfast and a book morning.



We welcomed in some of our parents/carers yesterday to assist with our community art project. They are helping create a fabulous Cherry Tree out of recycling materials. We cant wait to see it completed!


Here is our fabulous Reception class team dressed up for NSPCC number day!


Spring 2 Curriculum Newsletter 


Welcome back to Term 4 in Darwin Class! 



This term our STEAM focus is Art. We will be exploring colour in our environment, looking at how colour changes in tone and shade and exploring what happens when we mix colours together.  We will use all our senses to be fully immersed into the world of art, exploring textures and describing how things feel, searching for materials to use to create our art with and closely observing our artwork so that we can make decisions about what we like and dislike.  Children will learn that art can be produced in many ways using many different materials and methods/ techniques. We will look at paintings and sculptures from a variety of famous artists. The children will help to create their picture frames and art gallery in the classroom to display their own art.  

Additional clothing  

We anticipate this term will be quite messy based on the hands-on approach to exploring art that we intend to immerse the children in. Therefore, we would appreciate it if you could provide a spare top that we can wear over our uniform to protect us from paint and glue splats. Naturally, we have aprons for children to use during art times, but we intend to explore some whole class painting experiments so additional clothing would be of great benefit to the children.  



Term four Curriculum overview  

This term we will continue to build on prior knowledge and skills in Maths, Literacy, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and Design. At Nursery age, it is important for children to have regular opportunities to revisit what we have already learned to deepen our understanding and ready ourselves for new learning content.  


By the end of the term, we hope that children will become more confident at the following:  


  • Beginning to be aware of the way stories are structured and telling our own stories. 

  • Talking 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. 


  • Counting from 0-10 

  • Recognising different representations of number including Numicon and dots 

  • Counting on fingers up to 5 

  • Retrieving and counting small groups of objects from a larger group 

  • Subitising (recognising up to 5 objects without having to count each one) 

  • Recognising, completing and correcting ABAB patterns  

  • Identifying 2D and some 3D shapes 

  • Comparing groups of objects 

Understanding the world 

  • Using all of our senses in hands on exploration of natural materials 

  • Exploring collections of materials with similar and/or different properties. 

  • Understanding that we all have likes and dislikes and that there is no right or wrong opinion of art.  

  • Recognising that there are numerous forms of art which reflect many different topics.  

  • Understanding that we can make art in many ways using traditional and non-traditional tools and techniques. 

Expressive Arts and Design: exploring media and materials 

  • Exploring colour and colour mixing. 

  • Exploring different materials freely, in order to develop our ideas about how to use them and what to make.  

  • Developing our own ideas and then deciding which materials to use to achieve them  

  • Joining different materials and exploring different textures. 



Our love for reading continues to grow! 

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. Children were very excited to be introduced to Fred the Phonics Frog and now understand his special powers. As a result of this, the children will begin to recognise the letter sounds and the accompanying picture/phrase. For example; ‘m’ - Maisie Mountain Mountain.  They will then begin to understand words by listening to the individual sounds of a word and blending them together. For example, m-a-t (mat). This is done in a very subtle way through lots of games and activities which keep children interested and engaged in phonics.  


We are also celebrating the continued success of ‘Talk through stories’ this term. Children are becoming more engaged in story time, listening with intent, deepening their ability to recall familiar stories and retell them within their own learning time. It is providing the perfect opportunity for children to really explore key texts, understand the principle of the story, learn new vocabulary and explore new characters.  


This term our talk through stories will be: 

  • The Dot – By Peter H Reynolds 

  • Eric Carle, Brown Bear, Brown Bear  

  • Ish by Peter H Reynolds 

  • The Magic Paint Brush by Julia Donaldson  

  • Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzberg 


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


Key Dates 

Please look out for key dates on Class Dojo including our end of term Curriculum Showcase!  

  • Thursday 7th March – World Book Day  

  • Friday 8th March – PTFA Mother's day breakfast  

  • Friday 15th March – Red Nose Day – more information to follow  

  • Thursday 28th March – Easter egg raffle/book raffle  

  • Thursday 28th March – PTFA dare to be different day  

  • Thursday 28th March – Last day of term – 1pm finish  

  • Monday 15th April – First Day of Term 5 


Parents evenings will be held on 13th and 14th March 



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.  


Christopher Morten 

Nursery Lead 


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