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02/12/22

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! https://t.co/GrFVhdD0ab

02/12/22

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! https://t.co/YuKuXFQega

01/12/22

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. https://t.co/0Vww6fb5uR

21/10/22

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. https://t.co/QUmjnKhxIE

12/10/22

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. https://t.co/AfI5xlYKbH

06/07/22

Sports4Kids coming soon to Cherry Fields. https://t.co/vItvRQKt3f

23/06/22

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! https://t.co/2OxR5dmDgt

27/05/22

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. https://t.co/EZwnPDr9TK

19/05/22

Thank you to Diane and Phill who created the wonderful sculptures on the Hanwell View park for meeting virtually with our Year 1 pupils on Monday. The children asked thoughtful questions about the artwork and were able to learn more about what it means to be an artist. https://t.co/hoFMY4k6Gs

07/04/22

A huge well done to all of our pupils for their wonderful artwork which was displayed at our STEAM showcase event. What a wonderful celebration of your work! https://t.co/BMsoVrPduq

31/03/22

A huge thank you to MJH Property Services in Banbury for making a second, very generous contribution to our school. Hi-vis jackets being beautifully modelled by 2 of our Year 1 pupils. https://t.co/M8yt8dXHYU

30/03/22

We are very excited for our celebration assembly next Wednesday 6th April. Always a fab event when we invite parents to join us and celebrate the success of our pupils. We will also be showcasing our amazing work for this term inspired by a trip to https://t.co/XWEXnOO4iv

08/11/19

Retweeted From Danetree School

We are delighted to announce that our Outstanding nursery provision is expanding from January 2020. We are currently accepting applications for children born between 1st September 2015 to the 31st August 2017. If you haven't already applied please complete an application form.

29/10/19

Retweeted From Bowmer+Kirkland

Following the recent ground breaking ceremony on the site of new Primary School in Banbury for & works have commenced with our team. For details see the school website: https://t.co/jgou7sFWci https://t.co/pcgagPtXHM

21/10/19

Are you planning to come to our last open event at Longford Park on saturday 11 January 2020? Please do book you place via this link- https://t.co/nK0qddbM7p We expect this event to be busy so don't miss out, book early! We look forward to welcoming you and your family. https://t.co/ETbhr4pZ8b

21/10/19

Retweeted From Barking Dog Media

Booking is a must for tours - plenty of dates from today to January so come and see how to join the family https://t.co/qMfZgVPT4A https://t.co/B2ZHYJ44ZA

21/10/19

Open Evening Tue, 3 Dec 2019 17:00 - 18:30 Planning to attend our next open evening? Please book your ticket here - https://t.co/LGMJm5g3qD We look forward to welcoming you and your family to our sister school, Hardwick Primary https://t.co/ThQcj9Fb6P

19/10/19

Please also consider completing our consultation questionnaire https://t.co/nf4qLKrEZv We welcome your opinion and our consultation is an important step on the way to getting our funding agreement signed. Without funding we cannot open so please do take the time to do so.

19/10/19

Thank you so much to the parents and carers who supported us today by attending our open morning at Hardwick Primary. It was lovely to meet you. Did you miss it? Join us next time. Please see our website for future events and application forms: https://t.co/nvTzJw0BIq

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