05 May 2023

CYP: Coronation fun at Cypress!

Although this week has been shorter than usual, it has been really busy and we have all been working very hard in all areas of our learning.  This has included getting ready for our celebrations today to mark the historic coronation of King Charles III this weekend.

Coronation Celebrations

Today we are marking the Coronation of King Charles III with special activities and celebrations at Cypress.  We have loved seeing all the amazing outfits both children and staff were wearing today.

At the Lower School, every child has made something special to take home today such as a crown or a flag.  We had a very special assembly with the whole of the Lower School (from Rainbows to Year 2!) where Seve our school dog impersonated a royal horse and pulled the ‘real’ carriage that will carry King Charles III tomorrow during his coronation.  To our amazement, the ‘real’ King Charles III then emerged from our stock cupboard and sat on his throne.  We were very lucky that he took the time out of his busy pre-coronation schedule to come and see the children and staff at Cypress.  He even had time to answer some of the children’s questions!  Did you know King Charles’ favourite place to eat is Burger King?

At the Upper, all classes are busy learning about the Coronation.  We have been busy making crowns this morning and wore them to our special coronation lunch today.  This afternoon classes have been working on a range of Coronation art activities and ended the afternoon with games, drinks and snacks to celebrate this historic event.

Everyone enjoyed a special afternoon tea lunch today so thank you to Harrisons for their hard work!

Year 5 Introduction to Mental Health Workshop

On Wednesday, Year 5 were visited by the Palace for Life Foundation who completed workshops with them during the afternoon. The children learnt about the importance of keeping their body and mind healthy.  They explored different ways they could look after their mental health and the importance of this as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Palace for Life will be returning after half term to work with Year 6.  We hope this will be the beginning of further opportunities to work with them.

Sycamore Class Assembly 

We began the day at the Upper School with a fantastic assembly from Sycamore Class.  They shared their learning from the book “The Sleeper and the Spindle”. We were treated to a fabulous re-enactment of the beginning of the story and the children shared their writing where they had written the missing chapters of the story.  The quality of their writing and acting was amazing.  They finished the assembly with a beautiful rendition of “Golden Slumbers”.  Well done Sycamore for your excellent collaboration skills and a great performance.  Thank you to Miss Pumphrey for all your hard work in preparing the children for their assembly.

Cypress Superstars

Well done to Hugo in Yellow class for writing a fantastic sentence about his sister, using his sounds and finger spaces.  Antonio in Ruby class wrote an incredible story, with an exciting plot and some very ambitious vocabulary.  We are so proud of our Reception children for listening and following instructions in PE this week, as they learnt how to dance around the Maypole.  Baxter in Orange class wrote a fantastic sentence about what he’d do if he was King Charles.

Congratulations to Tommy and Emily in Hawthorn Class who visited the office with some excellent explanation text writing about how bees make honey.  Well done to Sebastian in Rowan Class who has been working really hard on his art skills at home and brought some amazing paintings in to show us.  Mathilde in Willow Class produced some excellent writing about the “The Highwayman’.  Her impressive use of imagery really created the mysterious atmosphere of this text.  Congratulations to Lizzy in Hawthorn Class who earned a medal for coming second in her gymnastics competition in floor and vault.

Lower School Council

Following fundraising led by the Lower School Council, the ‘Ms Fernandez friendship bench’ is now in pride of place on our playground!  They met last week to discuss how the bench can be used to help children who might need a friend at playtime.  Next week we will be adding a special plaque onto the bench.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to our fundraising efforts.

Cypress Cycling Club – Bank Holiday ride-day!

This Bank Holiday Monday, 8th May, Cypress Cycling Club will be running an all-abilities session at South Norwood Lake & Grounds.  Meet at 10am by the ice cream kiosk – we’ll have activities and sessions suitable for all ages and abilities: learn to ride in the park and brush up on the basics with an instructor, or join our ride leaders for a middling distance session (90-120 minutes, 5-10 miles) on quiet roads and through local parks.  Please bring a bike (parents too if your child wants to participate in the on-road session), a soft drink and a snack. There may be a shower or two, so waterproof coats are recommended.

Key Stage 2 SATs

Next week, children in Year 6 will be completing their end of Key Stage 2 SATs next week with tests taking place very day from Tuesday to Friday.  We will be opening the school to Year 6 pupils who wish to come in for breakfast from 8:30 am.  It is essential that all Year 6 pupils are in school on time every day this week so that they don’t miss the start time of their test.  The pupils have all worked extremely hard and we wish them all the best next week. We are extremely proud of you.


We wish all our children and families a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend and wish all our children and families a restful and relaxing break.  We will see you back in school on Tuesday 9th May.


Mrs Sorensen, Miss Binks and the Cypress team




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