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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 3

Autumn 1 Curriculum Newsletter


Obama Class


Welcome to Year 3 Obama class!  

We hope that you and your child had a wonderful summer break. We are thrilled to share information about all the exciting things that our first term together brings. 

Uniform and Water Bottles  
Please make sure your child is wearing the correct school uniform, including their tie. This should be labelled to reduce the chances of lost property. Thank you for your help with this. 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, especially during this warmer weather.  

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 or necklaces to school, unless for religious reasons. 


Our usual PE days this term are Wednesday afternoon (Outdoor) and swimming on a Thursday morning. Your child should bring in their PE kit on Monday, which can typically stay in class ready for their lesson on Wednesday. For swimming, the children can bring their swimming costume, towel and swimming hat with them on Thursday morning. The costumes must fit nicely and not be too baggy or loose.  

Indoor PE: Children will need plain shorts/jogging bottoms, a plain t-shirt in their house colour and suitable indoor footwear.  
Outdoor PE: Children will need plain shorts/jogging bottoms, a plain t-shirt in their house colour, a plain jumper and suitable outdoor footwear.  

Children will have one homework book which will be used for all homework. They will have weekly maths, spelling and reading homework. Each term, a new Topic homework menu will be sent home, relating to our termly project. If you have any queries about the homework, please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. Homework will be collected in each Thursday and given out on a Friday.  

Maths: 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 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. For their maths homework in Autumn term, children are expected to complete at least 20 minutes on Times Table Rock Stars. If you have any concerns or queries, please let us know.  

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 and is engaged with the reading. 

All children have a reading record, 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 record including the date and page numbers read. This should be handed in everyday to be checked. The children will be put into a raffle prize if they have read 4 times within a week.  

Seven spellings will be set each week based on the spelling pattern we are learning in class and our Year 3 common exception words. These are words in which their spellings do not follow typical rules – we just have to learn them by practising. As with times tables, daily practise is recommended to improve your child’s recall and accuracy of their spelling. We appreciate that this is not always possible, but 4-5 times a week would be highly beneficial for supporting your child’s progress. 

A recommended strategy is Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check. Some children may prefer to write out their spellings in columns or practise writing them in sentences. It could even be turned into a game, with children ‘competing’ against adults or turning spelling practise into a gameshow-style quiz. I remember practising spellings each morning over breakfast! The possibilities are endless. Children should record each practise in their purple homework books, ready to hand in on Thursdays. 

Topic Homework Menus  
Children will have a termly topic menu with additional homework options based on our wider curriculum project. We would love if all children could bring in at least one piece of homework that is based on our project topic each term. This homework will also be showcased at our showcase at the end of term. 



Wider Curriculum 

This term our focus is maths, and we will be exploring the question is ‘How can data help us understand the world around us?’ 

Children will design and make a model car that is powered by magnets. Children will present their findings in investigations. 

During this project, we will answer the questions: 

  • How do surfaces affect moving objects? 

  • How does friction affect a moving object? 

  • How do magnetic poles interact? 

  • All materials have the same properties. Can you support or challenge? 

  • The stronger the magnet, the stronger the force. Can you support or challenge? 

  • What is the most effective wheel/axle design for a prototype? 

  • What is the most effective chassis design for a prototype? 

  • What makes an effective design? 

  • How can I construct a product effectively? 

  • How effectively does my product meet my design brief? 


Narrative – writing a character description based on ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. 

We will: 

  • Use adjectives in expanded noun phrases to add description. 

  • Write using co-ordination (and). 

  • Write using correct and consistent use of verb tenses. 

  • Use capital letters and punctation (full stops, question marks and exclamation marks)      


  • Use paragraphs to group ideas around a theme.   


Place Value – recognising the position and values of digits 


Computer systems and networks 


  • Features of healthy and balanced lifestyles 

  • Features of good physical and mental health 

  • Taking care of our health 

  • Recognising and naming our emotions 


Using the Charanga musical programme, we will focus on the song ‘Let Your Spirit Fly’ to develop the following skills: 

  • Identify the features of the RnB genre 

  • Identify and move to the pulse of a song 

  • Identify instruments and voices of a piece of music.  

  • Read and play the notes C, D and E 

  • Sing in unison and in simple two-parts 

  • Follow a leader when singing 

  • Play instrumental parts in time to the music 

  • Compose a simple melody using simple rhythms 

  • Perform as part of the group. 

  • Self-assess our performance 


Getting to know you 

  • Greetings 

  • Introducing ourselves 

  • Numbers 0-10 


  • Football 

  • OAA – team games, problem solving and orienteering skills 

  • Swimming 


Term 1 Big question: Do you shape your own destiny? 

  • explain Sikh beliefs about God 

  • explain Jewish beliefs about God 

  • Explain what Humanists believe about God 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us. 

We are very excited for the year ahead and we all look forward to working with yourselves and your children in Year 3! 

Best wishes,  

Mr Woods