During assembly at the Lower School this week, we learnt about International Day of Peace. We celebrated children who received Rainbow certificates this week – congratulations! We have also launched our Word of the Week in KS1 and the first word of the academic year is charity. Please encourage your children to write a sentence with this word and pop it into the Golden Box for a chance to win a rosette.
At the Upper School this week we have been noticing the finer details when asked to complete tasks. We discussed in assembly the importance of being inquisitive, slowing down and cutting out distractions. The children used their noticing skills to ask some interesting questions. We also considered the concept of trust this week. Children asked themselves, ‘Who do I trust?’, and considered questions such as, ‘How does it feel when trust is broken? Can trust be earned if it is lost,’ and ‘Why is trust important?’. The children have been learning about the importance of positive relationships with family and friends and know that trust is an integral part of the positive relationships they have with others.
Upper School Woodland Library Update
This week the Year 5 and 6 children have started loaning from our Woodland Library. They were very excited, scanning the shelves for their first library pick. Children will be aware of their library day, and can renew their book on Reading Cloud or with their teacher or school librarian during their scheduled library time. They can also bring back their book and choose a different book for the week. Please do ask your child about the book they have chosen and share it together. Children are never too old to be read to!
Our new Lower School Council met with Miss Wenham for the first time this week and we are excited to hear their plans for this academic year. Well done to Alfie, Jamie, Molly and Musawer for their hard work in maths this week, counting backwards within 10. They were all able to use their reasoning skills to answer a challenge question and explain their mathematical thinking. Children in Ruby class have been working hard comparing numbers in maths and identifying noun phrases in English. They have all focused and tried so hard this week!
Well done to Ray in Year 3 who competed in a triathlon on the weekend. He had to cycle, swim and run and came third out of all of the children in his age group and sixth overall ! Amazing achievement Ray – we might have another Olympian in the making at Cypress! Joe did a great job with his Maths showing a clear understanding of mathematical patterns and relationships – I am very proud of you Joe! Alanna has been making great progress with her reading, identifying digraphs correctly and blending words using her phonic knowledge, – you read with such confidence; well done, Alanna. Fraser wowed everyone in Cedar class with his performance poetry, delivering his lines with good pace and added expression through actions!
Ida’s 100th Birthday
Last week, some of Year 4 children had a fantastic time visiting a local resident, Ida. It was her 100th birthday. They went to visit and sang Happy Birthday to her. What a memorable day; everyone had a great time!
Lower School Curriculum Meetings
We had a great turn out at our Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum meetings this week – click the links to find out more or see the presentations. Our Reception curriculum meeting will be held in the Lower School hall on Tuesday 27th September at 9.15am.
Well done to Oak class who delivered a fantastic assembly on the charity ‘Jeans for Genes’. We learned about genetic disorders, what the charity does and how our money helps. They finished with a fantastic rendition of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. Thank you to Mr Opara, Ms Brathwaite, Ms Brewer and Oak class – you brightened our day!
A HUGE thank you to all staff and children for supporting Jeans for Genes day today. Cypress raised £471.13 for this very worthwhile cause – go Team Cypress!
Next week we are holding fundraising events for MacMillan Cancer Support, including a Coffee Morning and cake sales. Please click here to read the letter with more details and we will welcome cake donations from Thursday 29th September in the school offices.
We hope that everyone has a lovely weekend.
Mrs Carpenter, Mrs Sorensen and the Cypress staff team