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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!


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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!


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.


Summer 1 Curriculum Newsletter



Welcome back to Term 5 in Reception!

We hope you had a relaxing Easter break and are looking forward to the term ahead.  We are very much looking forward to this term and our new STEAM topic and I am sure the children will enjoy it too.


The weather should be getting warmer this term but it is still essential that all children have a named coat in school every day as we make the most of our outdoor area whether rain or shine.  Children are expected to now bring a sun hat to school with them and should all have suntan lotion applied before they arrive at school. If you would like your child to reapply their lotion at lunchtime, please send it in clearly labelled as children should not be using each other's. We had several lost items of uniform last term, please make sure your child is wearing the correct school uniform and that it is clearly labelled to avoid confusion.

Water Bottles

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. The children tend to drink more water in the warmer weather and their water bottles will be topped up in school when needed.



Our topic this term in PE is athletics and will continue to be on a Tuesday.  Please make sure PE kit is always in on a Tuesday at least.  However, it is useful for the children to bring their PE kit in on a Monday and leave in school until Friday as it is handy to have a spare pair of clothes in case of any accidents.  PE will now take place outside, weather permitting, and so please check the uniform needed below.

For indoor PE: Children will need black shorts and a plain t-shirt in their house colour.

For outdoor PE: Children will need black shorts and a plain house coloured t-shirt, plus trainers (preferably velcro) and a sweatshirt.

Jewellery: A reminder that only stud earrings and wristwatches may be worn to school. Earrings must be removed by the child or covered for PE.



This term our STEAM focus is Science, and we will be answering the question ‘Can I develop an understanding of the living world around me?’  The children will be working towards being able to show an understanding of how plants change over time. They will look at how we grow plants, what plants need to thrive and what plants there are in our environment.




  • Using our phonics skills to write simple phrases and sentences that can be read by others.
  • Joining in with repeating refrains in stories.
  • Describing what we see as the plant changes.
  • Apply our own grapheme, phoneme knowledge to write our own label.
  • Label seeds pots, maps, images and our own drawings of the environment.


  • Beginning to develop our understanding of weight and capacity
  • Consolidating our understanding of the composition of numbers up to 10 e.g., 7 is made up of 5 and 2
  • Using practical contexts to sort objects according to criteria such as size and colour
  • Counting numbers, objects, sounds up to twenty.
  • Beginning to develop our understanding of measuring while studying our plants.

Expressive arts and design

  • Children will use graphic tools, fingers, hands, chalks, pens and pencils to draw observations of plants.
  • Children will notice features in the natural world and to define colours, shape and texture in their own words.

Understanding the World

  • Using tools, such as magnifying glasses to look closely at things that are growing and have grown e.g. cut flowers.
  • Children will take opportunities to examine change over time for example cress growing and decay.
  • They will create maps and plans, paintings, drawings and models of observations of known and imaginary landscapes.
  • Children will take advantage of soil, tools compost and simple gardening equipment and plants to role play with.


We are continuing to enjoy ‘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 will focus on one key text which the children will become very familiar with.  

Our literacy key texts for this will be: 

  • The Extraordinary Gardener
  • Supertato


Other topical key texts this term will be:

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • The Tiny Seed
  • Oliver’s vegetables
  • Christopher Nibbles

Key Dates:

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

  • May Day Bank Holiday 1st May
  • Coronation Bank holiday 8th May
  • End of Term is 26th May


How you can support us further

We are committed to working in partnership with our families and our community. We welcome parent/carer involvement in our curriculum and would be particularly interested this term in working with any keen gardeners.  Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you would like to come and visit us. We would also love to see photographs of the children's own gardens and planting they have done indoors or out. These can be added to the Tapestry app.


This term we have lots of gardening activities planned.  We would like to ask for a voluntary STEAM contribution per child (payable via Parent Pay) to support this. 


We always make good use of unwanted items so if you have any garden tubs, pots, seeds, plants (real or artificial), pieces of soft untreated wood, small boxes, washed yoghurt pots, please bring your donations to class at drop-off. 


If you have any concerns please do come and speak to me, or a member of the reception team. We usually 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 another exciting term ahead.


Mrs Tyler

Reception Class Teacher