26 May 2023

Cypress Primary School – Have a fabulous half term!

We are pleased to be enjoying the sunshine this week, just in time for our May half term break.

This week at the Upper School we have been thinking about meta- learning and how knowing our strengths and areas as learner can help us progress.  Mrs O’Connor was very proud of Holly Class who were able to produce some great work in their BLP session idenitfying their learning strengths.

Oak Class Assembly

Thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to join us for Oak Class assembly on Thursday morning.  They used humour and high quality examples from their work to explain their learning this term.  We were particularly impressed with their writing based on ‘Wolf Brother’ and ‘Macbeth’ and how they had debated who would win in a fight between ‘Torak’ and ‘Macbeth’.  We finished the assembly with a lovely rendition of ‘Wave your Flag’ accompained by Rayan on the bass guitar.  Oak Class really showed what a talented and capable bunch of children they are and it was a wonderful way to start the day.  Well done Oak Class and a huge thank you to Ms Stewart and Mrs Roberts for all your hard work and support.

Cypress Superstars

Well done to the children in Sycamore class who have produced some wonderful examples of positive affirmations during their “Values” lesson in Enrichment.   They also produced some fabtastic representations of themselves.  Ms Binks really enjoyed seeing all of your creative work.  Cayla in Rowan Class came to visit the office with some lovely work that she had written telling us all about why she loves school.  We were really impressed with how much her English has improved.  What a star! Congratulations to Mylo who came to visit the office to share his magnificent model of the Tower of London he had made at home.  It even has its own crown jewels and a raven.  Amazing!

Well done to Kenzie, Oskar, Frankie, Alex, Alanna and Kian for their fantastic writing this week based on Penelope from ‘There’s a Snake in my School!’ by David Walliams.  Mrs Sorensen was impressed by their detailed descriptions of Penelope the snake and all the fantastic things she can do!  We’ve seen some fabulous homework from children in Year 1, who have been creating African animals out of junk modelling.  Well done to Joanna, Eve, Aisha, Rowan, Lenka, Maddie and Bertie for their amazing creations.  Bertie, Aggie and Ray came to speak to Mrs Sorensen as they were concerned about the amount of litter they have seen on Cypress Road.  We thought about ways we could ask the school community to help with this.

Gold Award

This half term our Gold Award has been celebrating children who demonstrate that they are ‘team players’.  We have had special assemblies today and heard some great reasons why children have been chosen.  Well done to the following children!

Orange class – Debbie and Jacob Violet class – Aleena and Basil Lime Class – Filip K and Lily
Red class – Eve and Arthur Turquoise class – Niamh and Ted Hazel Class – Jessica and Abbey
Yellow class – Poppy and Stanley Birch Class –  Kasey and Jahvani Sycamore Class – Leah and Taylan
Blue class – Harper and Harrison Cedar Class – Hanna and Amiyah Willow Class – Joe and Jessenia
Green class – Lyra and Joshua Holly Class –  Isabelle and Sofian Beech Class – Harry and Tiago
Indigo class – Lyla and Kevin Rowan Class –  Jack and Betaneya Oak Class – Jack and Ilyas
Ruby class – Widad and Amar Hawthorn Class – Ben and Maria Larch Class – Kaiana and Anna

Year 1 visit the Horniman Museum

Our Year 1 children have had a great time visiting the Horniman Museum and particularly enjoyed their African workshop and train  journey there and back!  Click here to read more about their adventures.

Upper School Garden Update

It is all go in the garden on the upper site! Miranda Bradley has worked tirelessly and has secured a grant of £500 from Slow Food.  This money has been put to good use already in setting up an irrigation system to keep the plants hydrated.  The green-fingered expertise from the wonderful Jemma Wylie and Rhona Glynn-who run The Goldfinch Gardening Company- has been invaluable to steer us in the right direction in terms of setting up the irrigation and the correct way to plant our vegetables to give us the best possible chance.

We are only able to get to this stage due to the amazing Gardening day on 11th March where parents and children from our community rallied together to pull off a transformation of epic proportions!

Mr. Roberts was able to secure funding to fix the fencing and gate, which will allow us to have children coming to see and learn about self-sufficiency, life cycles and the environment.

We ran a sunflower growing competition to start to get the children interested in growing plants.  It was a close race but Lime class just secured victory and their monster of a sunflower will be planted in the garden along with its close rivals from Hazel and Rowan class.

The PTFA kindly gave the Eco Squad a space for a stall at the Easter Fete.  This meant that we were able to raise almost £50 to put towards buying plants.

This Friday afternoon all this hard work behind the scenes meant that the Eco Squad were able to plant vegetable plugs.  They have been looking forward to this part all year so it was fantastic to see their faces.

The garden was a vision of Mrs. Carpenter and thanks to the community at Cypress and Pegasus it is really starting to come to fruition! (excuse the pun!)

King Charles Coronation Orb

Next time you’re in the Lower School office, check out our King Charles Coronation Orb!  A huge thank you to Mrs Dutton and Green class for creating this spectacular masterpiece.  We are so impressed with your creativity.

Crystal Palace Festival

Crystal Palace Festival are running a Talent Show  for Primary School Students and a Family Disco.  The event takes place between 5:30pm and 8:00pm on Friday 9th June at Anerley Town Hall.  Does your child love performing?  Don’t miss this chance for them to take part in this fun talent show to celebrate the Crystal Palace Community Trust’s work with the local community.  There’s a prize pot for the winner!  Just £2 per child entry fee payable on the night – performers can be solo or in groups. To find out more and apply click here.

We wish all our children and families a safe, happy and healthy half term break and look forward to seeing you all back in school on Monday 5th June.

Makaton Sign of the Week

We are building up our repertoire of Makaton signs by learning a new one each week, which we practise in our assemblies on a Friday. Our Makaton Sign of the Week for this week is ‘burger’. Click here to see how to sign ‘burger’.

Mrs Sorensen, Ms Binks and the Cypress Team


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