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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!


Congratulations to everyone at Banbury primary school rated as 'outstanding' in very first Ofsted inspection


We are officially OUTSTANDING!Read the report: are also in the local news! Read the report here: couldn't have done this without our amazing staff, pupils and supportive family community - well done everyone!


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Congratulations to everyone at Banbury primary school rated as 'outstanding' in very first Ofsted inspection


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.



  • Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter 



    We offer a big welcome to all our new families along with our returning families! We are all so excited for the start of term and hope your child is looking forward to the new term.  

    Uniform and water bottles 

    Please make sure your child is wearing the correct school uniform and that it is clearly labelled to avoid confusion. Uniform guidelines are outlined on the school website – please contact the school office if you have any questions. All children should bring a labelled water bottle to school every day. It is essential that bottles contain only water, not squash or juice as this supports the development of good oral hygiene. Also, if your child is joining us for lunch please include a healthy variety of food, some healthy lunch box ideas can be found on the NHS website:Lunchbox ideas and recipes – Healthier Families - NHS ( A reminder also that we are a nut free school and ask that the children do not bring in any foods that may contain nuts. Thank you. 

    Oral hygiene  

    The 2021 EYFS framework now recognises the importance of good oral health within young children, please help us to promote this by complying with the water only rule in bottles. Throughout the year we will be exploring different ways to care for our teeth, how the dentist can help us to care for our teeth and the different foods and drinks that can be harmful to our teeth, particularly milk teeth.  

    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. 

    The three prime areas of learning and development are particularly important for building a foundation for learning and include opportunities for igniting children’s curiosity and forming relationships. The prime areas are: 

    Communication and language: The number and quality of the conversations children 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: This 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: 



    Understanding the world 

    Expressive arts and design 

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


    Children to recognise different quantities of amounts. 

    Children to use the language more, a lot. 

    Children to recite key number names link to the data they have produced. 

    Children to count blocks linked to their data e.g., one block, two blocks, for how many children like bananas. 

    Children to use number names in a meaningful context e.g., 3 children like apples. 

    Children to begin to mark make their data e.g., pictures of the fruit, a mark per person 

    Understanding the world:  

    Plants/crops and trees give us food 

    Some vegetables grow above ground and some grow below ground 

    Fruit and vegetables need to be washed before eating 

    Some fruits and vegetables have seeds, stone, core, peel, skin that we don’t eat, we must not eat mouldy foods 

    People and Communities: 

    What fruits/vegetables do I have in my house? 

    What fruit/vegetables do I like to eat? 

    What fruit/vegetables do my family eat? 

    We all like/dislike different things and that’s ok, 

    A farmer works on a farm, looks after animals & grows food 

    Expressive arts and design: 

    Learning traditional harvest songs 

    Children to repeat key phrases/ chorus 

    Children to do simple printing using blocks, objects, fruit and vegetables 

    Children to create representations of what they are observing through creative media 

    Children to recognise common primary colours and the secondary colours green, purple and orange. Children to use a paint brush effectively. 

    During this term, we will also focus our learning on the following key texts:  Farmer Duck, Rosie’s Walk, Each Peach, Pear, Plum, The Enormous Turnip, Apple Pig, Olivers vegetables, Orange, pear, apple, bear. 



    This term our curriculum focus is maths and we will be answering the question ‘Can I create, carry out an experiment and present my data in a variety of different ways?’ We will be showcasing our favourite vegetables using block charts and pictograms, printing with fruit and vegetables and celebrating harvest through songs. 

    To help with our curriculum project, we would like to ask for a voluntary contribution of £2 per child to help us fund our exciting curriculum project. Donations can be made via parent pay. 


    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. 

    This term we will be building 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 very important, so do please read lots of Nursery Rhymes at home to support our work in class. 

    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. 

    At Cherry Fields Primary school we are committed to working in partnership with our families and our community. We welcome parents/carers involvement in our curriculum and would be particularly interested this term in hearing from anyone who has their own allotment or grows their own fruit and vegetables.  

    Thank you for your continued support – we are looking forward to an exciting year ahead and partnering with you in your child’s learning and development. 

    Best wishes, 

    Mr Morten 

    Darwin Class Nursery Teacher 



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