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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.


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.


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!


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.


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


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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.


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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:


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- We expect this event to be busy so don't miss out, book early! We look forward to welcoming you and your family.


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Booking is a must for tours - plenty of dates from today to January so come and see how to join the family


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


Please also consider completing our consultation questionnaire 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.


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:


Oxfordshire is home to 31,000 businesses providing around 358,200 jobs and is part of the UK’s ‘Golden Triangle’. This area is defined by the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and universities based in London. The universities within the ‘Golden Triangle’ together have a combined annual research income of over £1.4bn. Powered by cutting-edge research and highly qualified labour, Oxfordshire has developed biomedical, medical and technology clusters of global significance. The population of Oxfordshire is just 687,466, yet the county has a gross value added (GVA) of £23 billion per annum and is one of only three net contributors to the UK government. It is vital that we prepare our children to contribute towards these local industries and the economy. 

Each term a different element of STEAM is launched to the entire school and classes are set a challenge.  Purpose is created through celebration events where STEAM work is showcased to parents and the local community at the end of term ‘STEAM Showcase Event’. Children are taught directly and specifically how to narrate their project journey and then present this to their classmates every term.  Vocabulary, speech techniques and confidence are all developed as a result.  

Autumn 1 

Autumn 2 

Spring 1 

Spring 2 

Summer 1  

Summer 2 




Fine Art 


Performing Arts

High quality planning ensures that National Curriculum objectives are taught and that children are exposed to and inspired through hands on experiments and enrichment opportunities. Trips to local schools to explore art facilities, local secondary schools to visit Space Labs and visits from students in the local art schools form core entitlements to our education offer. Children in KS1 are encouraged to develop independence in research. This is a deliberate strategy to encourage autonomy and self-efficacy whilst at the same time leading children towards a way of working that is crucial for the world of work. 

The purpose of the curriculum is to actualise the school’s vision: to empower children to become a successful citizen. Children need to be able to identify what is means to excel and become knowledgeable in a discipline i.e. ‘an expert’. Our ambition is for children to understand what it means to think, read, write and speak like an historian, a geographer, an artist, a scientist etc.

When you look at Harlen’s ‘Big Ideas About Science’, you can see that science, in its widest terms pervades our STEAM curriculum – it is there even when there aren’t any specific National Curriculum objectives for Science being taught: 

Science assumes that for every effect there are one or more causes 

Science is a search to explain and understand phenomena in the natural world. There is no single "scientific method" for doing this; the diversity of natural phenomena requires a diversity of methods and instruments to generate and test scientific explanations. Often an explanation derives from the factors that must be present for an event to take place, as shown by evidence from observations and experiments. In other cases, supporting evidence is based on correlations revealed by patterns in systematic observation. 

Scientific explanations, theories and models are those that best fit the evidence available at a particular time 

A scientific theory or model representing relationships between variables of a natural phenomenon must fit the observations available at the time, and lead to predictions that can be tested. Any theory or model is provisional and subject to revision in the light of new data, even though it may have led to predictions that accord with data in the past. 

The knowledge produced by science is used in engineering and technologies to create products to serve human ends 

The use of scientific ideas in engineering and technologies has made considerable changes in many aspects of human activity. Advances in technologies enable further scientific activity; in turn this increases understanding of the natural world. In some areas of human activity, technology is ahead of scientific ideas. In other areas, scientific ideas precede technology. 

Applications of science often have ethical, social, economic and political implications 

The use of scientific knowledge in technologies makes many innovation possible. Whether or not particular applications of science are desirable is a matter that cannot be addressed using scientific knowledge alone. Ethical and moral judgments may be needed, based on such considerations as justice or equity, human safety, and impacts on people and the environment 

Harlen et al., 2010 

In effect, when working towards most of our 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, evaluating etc.  We have the unique opportunity with our curriculum to fill the STEM skills gap and increase our children’s science capital (see here for a brief overview on Science Capital) – particularly through how the children think and what they do.  

Often, there ends up being an over-reliance on the use of ‘fair testing’ as the primary method of working scientifically. This needs to be much broader than that and so we must ensure that we explicitly show that scientists do not only carry out ‘tests’.  We can think about working scientifically in two different areas: 

Enquiry Skills 

Enquiry Approaches 

  • asking questions 

  • making predictions 

  • setting up tests 

  • observing and measuring 

  • recording data 

  • interpreting and communicating results 

  • evaluating 

  • comparative / fair testing 

  • research 

  • observation over time 

  • pattern seeking 

  • identifying, grouping and classifying 

  • problem solving 


National Curriculum Science Programme of Study