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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!


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.

Year 2


Welcome back! 

We hope that you have had a restful break. We are all so excited to get back to learning in school and hope your child is looking forward to the new term! 


Uniform and water bottles  

Please make sure that all of your child’s uniform is clearly labelled. 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. A hydrated body means a higher functioning mind.  


Nut Free School  

Please can we remind you that we are a Nut Free School, so please do not pack products in the lunchboxes that may contain nuts, this includes chocolate spread.  



This year our PE days are Monday and Thursday. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school every day in case these days change or extra events are planned. We suggest that kit stays in school all week.  

  • Indoor PE: Children will need black shorts and a plain t-shirt in their house colour. Gym and Dance is done in bare feet. Children will need trainers or plimsolls for indoor games.  

  • Outdoor PE: black shorts and t-shirt, and a tracksuit or spare jumper for colder days.  Children will also need trainers.   

  • Jewellery: A reminder that only stud earrings and wristwatches may be worn to school. Earrings must be removed or covered for PE. Children should not wear bracelets to school.  



Children will have one homework book which will be used for all homework. They will have weekly spellings and maths homework. The maths homework will be set using the website Timetables Rock Stars . Log in details are stuck in the front of the reading record. If you have any queries about the homework, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. Homework will be collected in each Friday and given out on a Friday. 

Times Table Rock Stars  

Cherry Fields Primary School is signed up to the Times Tables Rock Stars programme to support your child with their multiplication and division facts. The curriculum states that all children should be able to recall accurately their multiplication and division facts up to 12x12 by the end of year 4. Therefore, daily times table practice is crucial. When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more fluent they are with their facts the easier they will access other aspects of the curriculum. In Year 2 the national expectation is that children become fluent in the 2, 3, 5 and 10 times tables and the related division facts. For their maths homework, children are expected to play on Times Table Rock Stars for 5 minutes at least three times a week. Certificates will be awarded to children in celebration assembly as they progress. 


At the start of the term, children will be given a termly spelling grid in their homework books indicating which spellings to learn each week.  

Each week, your child will receive 5 spellings that follow the spelling pattern they have covered that week. We have also sent home a spelling menu, which has lots of great ways of practising spellings. It is important to practise regularly. On Friday, the children will have a spelling test for the spellings they have practised during the week. 

Homework Menus  

Children will have a termly menu with additional homework options on it. This term we would like to invite you all to get creative and do a project on something that you enjoy and are passionate about…something that tells us a little more about you. These have already been sent home. 


We expect children to have daily opportunities to read to, or with, someone at home, as well as independently. Reading can include: books, newspapers, magazines, online reading, eBooks, reading tablets, information books, adverts, menus, poems, song lyrics – the list is endless. The important thing is that your child reads regularly (preferably daily!) and enjoys, and is engaged with, the reading! Each Friday, children will be sent home with the following:   

  • RWI book: This is a text that the children have been reading regularly in class to build fluency. They should be able to read this to you independently with minimal mistakes.  

  • Book Bag Book: This is a text that is based upon the sounds that children have been reading in class. As such, the children should be able to apply their phonics to knowledge to read all the words within the book with minimal support.   

  • Library Book: This is a text that the children have selected based upon their interest. These books are not based on prior phonics knowledge and should be shared with, or read by, an adult.  

These books should be returned to school the following Friday to be changed.    

All children have a reading diary, which they should bring to school in their book bag every day. Please record your child’s reading (as well as any additional comments) in the reading diary including the date and, where appropriate, page numbers. Halfway through the diary is a guide to help adults to support children’s reading as well as phonics/spelling guides for children as they progress through the school. To build fluency, children should read a text a minimum of three times. As such, school reading books will only be changed once per week on a Friday.   

We will check the reading record is completed regularly. If your child reads four times a week, your child will receive a raffle ticket that will be entered into our termly reading raffle. They have the chance to win a book of their choice from the selection. 



This term our Curriculum focus is Technology and we will be answering the question is ‘Can I design and build a structure based on my knowledge and understanding of historical periods’. We will be exploring different structures that represent modern and historical London inspired by the 1666 Great Fire of London. Our curriculum drivers will be DT and History as we look at 3D shapes in the world around us and how we can use this knowledge to create our own shapes whilst also learning about the key factors influencing the historical event of the Great Fire of London.  

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. Your donations will be used to buy materials for the children to design, test and make their modern or historical building.  



Within our Maths, we are exploring adding and subtracting two-digit and one-digit numbers. This will involve thinking about:  

  • Knowledge of the number line, and quantity values of numbers, can be applied to add/subtract one to/from a given two-digit number. 

  • Known facts for the numbers within ten can be applied to addition/subtraction of a single-digit number to/from a two-digit number. 

  • Knowledge of numbers which sum to ten can be applied to the addition of a single-digit number and two-digit number that sum to a multiple of ten, or subtraction of a single-digit number from a multiple of ten. 

  • Known strategies for addition or subtraction bridging ten can be applied to addition or subtraction bridging a multiple of ten. 

We will also be exploring our first topic of multiplication and division. Here we will focus on:  

  • Multiplication representing equal groups 

  • Groups of 2 and commutativity.  



This term we will begin our English journey by creating a character description based on the book ‘Tell me a Dragon’ by Jackie Morris. We will be focusing on the structure of a simple sentence and how to compose these using the correct punctuation. We will then start to explore how to use a small range of grammatical devices including:  

  • Noun phrases 

  • Expanded noun phrases 

  • Use the conjunction ‘and’ to join ideas 

  • Apostrophes for the singular possessive form  



This term, in Computing we will be looking at Digital Photography. We will be focusing on taking photos and the impact of landscape and portrait photos and when it is most suitable to use them. We will also begin to look at lighting and seeing how it can impact a photograph before using our new set of skills to capture a photo and recognise which photos are real and which have been changed.  



In HRE this term the children will be focusing on Growing and Changing and Safeguarding Ourselves. The children will be learning how to:  

  • Name the main parts of our body including genitalia.  

  •  Explore how people change from young to old 

  • How to stay safe online 

  • How to stay safe in familiar and unfamiliar environments 

  • Understand how to access help after an accident 



Our Music this term will be linked to our Christmas Nativity and Production. We can’t wait to share this with the children. Please keep checking Class Dojo for further information!  



This term, our PE will be covering OAA (Outdoor Adventure Activities) and Dance. Within these topics we will be focusing on:  

  • Being able to participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending.  

  • Being able to perform dances using simple movement patterns. 



During our RE this term, we will be exploring the big question: “Who experiences true freedom?” As part of this, Year 2 are going to be focusing on events and celebrations within the Christian and Hindu religions. To start, Kahlo and Simmonds will identify the key features of the Hindu celebration of Diwali before explaining the importance of Diwali. Then, Year 2 will be exploring and explaining the importance of Christmas for Christians – recapping the Christmas Story and developing their understanding of symbolism for key people within the Christmas Story (e.g. shepherds, Kings and Mary).  

 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.  


Mrs Lammond 

Year 2 Teacher