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15/02/24

Early years funding is changing! Please do visit https://t.co/53rGglU3qC 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. pic.twitter.com/rOGAqXd0yc

08/02/24

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 pic.twitter.com/9VMIzxm7tS

08/02/24

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 pic.twitter.com/htfauAi4wJ

12/01/24

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. pic.twitter.com/ozzmLK7blH

07/12/23

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! pic.twitter.com/LmhO1Y2fMm

13/11/23

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. pic.twitter.com/QRfJMG6F46

06/11/23

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! pic.twitter.com/5vhlM1Z4zJ

05/10/23

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. pic.twitter.com/T0uwAnXSKH

03/05/23

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 pic.twitter.com/AAawXJCXFX

26/04/23

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! pic.twitter.com/oVeur5USgF

29/03/23

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. pic.twitter.com/bC54lcPBNv

06/03/23

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. pic.twitter.com/o4TfzWAOfu

03/03/23

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. pic.twitter.com/PgiYCY5F89

28/02/23

We had a fantastic turn out for our breakfast and a book morning. pic.twitter.com/ivsxxG3XZZ

03/02/23

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03/02/23

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! pic.twitter.com/xKuiEkVmUv

03/02/23

Here is our fabulous Reception class team dressed up for NSPCC number day! pic.twitter.com/WAqISJoTNF

02/02/23

Congratulations to everyone at Banbury primary school rated as 'outstanding' in very first Ofsted inspection https://t.co/CfXF4f8o7t

02/02/23

We are officially OUTSTANDING!Read the report: https://t.co/lH4NF8tPejWe are also in the local news! Read the report here: https://t.co/rlS9iNGxUWWe couldn't have done this without our amazing staff, pupils and supportive family community - well done everyone! pic.twitter.com/GzUcCQlN25

02/02/23

Congratulations to everyone at Banbury primary school rated as 'outstanding' in very first Ofsted inspection https://t.co/CfXF4f8o7t

Curriculum Overview

STEAM Curriculum 

In 2018 we embarked on a hugely ambitious and exciting new STEAM Curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and have continued to develop and embed the curriculum this year. We are one of a few primary schools in country offering such a dedicated and bespoke curriculum approach, ensuring that children are inspired and equipped to join a world being transformed by technology.  The learning in our school has also been revolutionised by this new curriculum; the children work collaboratively each term towards creating a showcase project, these are then celebrated in an assembly open to all the parents and local community.  The response to these has been wonderful and parents have reported it is one their favourite highlights. 

We believe our curriculum is equipping and exposing children to a very modern way of working; inspiring a future generation to pursue careers in high technology settings, of which Oxfordshire is abundant.  During one visit to a local high-technology company the class were invited to write messages on a design wall - one year 6 boy at William Morris, our Sister School, wrote, ‘Please hire me, you have inspired me to work here in the future.’ At Longford, following a term's project focussing on engineering one of our Year 3 students remarked "I want to be a mechanical design engineer - I'm going to need STEAM to do that!" It is those aspirations we want to further engender and cultivate in the children in our school.

Through our STEAM curriculum we teach the disciplines of the Arts, Design and Technology, Geography, History and Science. Through our education offer, we empower children to acquire and internalise disciplinary behaviours; there is a constant interplay between knowledge learnt, skills acquired and the ability to effectively express oneself. 

The Arts (Performance art and fine art and design)

The Arts is interwoven throughout our STEAM curriculum and the skills to perform are built upon and developed from our youngest years. Children develop skills such as voice projection, how to pitch their performance to their audience and how to effectively work together when presenting or performing.

Fine art disciplinary knowledge and skills are built on year on year. Children build up their skills of drawing, painting and working with 3D media and use these to produce pieces of work linked to the curriculum taught within the term. In our Early Years' classrooms, children begin to explore mark making with a variety of tools and medium, building up to learning how to manipulate marks through pressure and movement. This knowledge is deepened and developed through the subsequent Key Stages where children explore line, pattern tone and texture.

Design and Technology

Design and technology skills and knowledge are built on throughout the primary age in the areas of construction of products, textiles and food technology. Our youngest children explore skills show as how to attach materials together using everyday objects and this is built on in later years with children investigating permanent and semi permanent joins. Throughout our design and technology lessons we are teaching the children:

  • how to develop, plan and communicate their ideas 
  • how to work safely with different tools and equipment to make quality products
  • how to evaluate products and processes

Geography

Our geography curriculum develops the children's curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. As the children progress through the curriculum they will deepen their understanding of the diverse nature of the planet in both the physical processes and the communities that exist on it. Locational and place knowledge is built upon from our earliest years, where the children learn about their local area, and then this knowledge is broadened and deepened to look at each of the continents in more detail. Developing geographical skills and field work is also a focus within our geography lessons. 

History

Historical themes are explored as the children progress through the curriculum. For example in Year 1 children explore the local history of Oxfordshire and the importance Brunel's Great Western Railway has had on the town town, and in Year 4, the children learn about the effects of power through settlers and invaders. The curriculum builds on historical skills and knowledge such as how the past has contributed to our life in the UK and the wider world. Throughout the Key Stages children also learn how to interpret sources and decide on their reliability.

Science

Science pervades our STEAM curriculum and is the golden thread that runs through every term. When working towards our STEAM challenges, the children, individually or as a whole class, will be working scientifically. That is to say, they will be making observations, generalisations, researching, planning, testing and evaluating. Science knowledge and skills are built on and deepened throughout the Key Stages through a cohesive and connective curriculum. Enquiry skills and approaches are explicitly taught to the children to help them question the world around them and how to find the answers to these questions. 

For each of the disciplines, we have a detailed progression documents of skills and knowledge from Nursery to Year 6. Below are some examples of progression maps.

Please contact the school office if you would like a hard copy of our curriculum theory and research. Please also see year group areas and subject specific areas for more information.

Documents