23 June 2023

CYP: Showing Empathy because We Care

It has been another action-packed week at Cypress this week with so many things happening.  We are so proud of our children and teachers for keeping their cool in this hot weather!  Please remember to send your child into school with a filled water bottle every day and apply suncream before school.

At the Upper School this week, we have focusing on the ‘learning power’ empathy.  We looked at video explaining what empathy means and talked about how we show each other we care.  The children are reflecting on their learning in their BLP journals this week.  Our Year 5 children have been learning about the Windrush generation as part of their whole class reading this week.

At the Lower School, we have been learning about Windrush Day and had a special assembly on Thursday marking the 75th anniversary of the Empire Windrush ship docking in Britain in 1948.  We considered the reasons why people might move to a different country and how they must have felt.  We also learnt about how many Caribbean people who came to Britain as part of the Windrush generation were not treated fairly and how our society has changed and developed over the past 75 years.

Lime Class Assembly

We began the week with a wonderful assembly from Lime Class who shared their learning journey in Year 4.  The children shared some wonderful examples of their learning and were able to reflect on what they had enjoyed most this year.  The children spoke with both confidence and clarity and ended the assembly with a wonderful rendition of  ‘Reach’.  Thank you to all our parents and carers who were able to join us.  Well done Lime Class, you were amazing!  A huge thanks to Miss Barker and Ms Joshi for all your hard work in helping the children prepare.

Hawthorn Class Assembly

Hawthorn wowed us this morning with an informative and very funny assembly about bees and the process of honey making.  Imitating the book ‘Until I met Dudley’, they gave us their quirky and creative examples of what they THOUGHT the process was before acting out the actual process.  They gave us lovely examples of how, just like bees, they are able to work collaboratively (minus the regurgitating) and ended with a song about friendship.  Thank you to Mr Shipley for all you hard work and support in preparing the children for their performance.

Year 2 visit the Upper School

Year 2 joined us for their first Rainbow assembly at the Upper School this week.  They also stayed for playtime.  Year 2 then came to the Upper School on Friday afteroon for some extended playtime in our garden.  We were so impressed with their behaviour and focus during assembly and look forward to welcoming them back at the Upper School next week for their next activity.  Mrs Prideaux came down from the Upper School to talk to Year 2 about applying to be a ‘wellbeing ambassador’ at the Upper School in September.  Look out for a letter coming home on Friday with more details about how children can apply.

Croydon Athletics

This week children at the Upper School have been taking part in Croydon Athletics, competing against other schools in the borough in sprinting, relay, long distance, long jump, high jump and distance throw.  We are so proud of the achievements these pupils have made both in terms of sportsmanship and the way in which they have represented our school.  They were so encouraging to all of their team mates and were also cheering on competitors from other schools in the Trust.  Our team were:

Girls Boys
Alice – Holly Class (55m Sprint) Folarin – Holly Class (55m Sprint)
Lily-Mathilde – Lime Class (75m Sprint) Sebastian – Rowan Class (75m Sprint)
Ruby – Hazel Class (75m Sprint) Rico – Willow Class (75m Sprint)
Malaika – Willow Class (600m distance) Pietro – Willow Class (600m distance)
Abbey –  Hazel Class (Long Jump) Gus – Hazel Class (Long Jump)
Polly – Larch Class (90m Sprint and 5 x 80m relay) Tiago – Beech Class (90m Sprint and 5 x 80m relay)
Alima –  Beech (5 x 80m relay) Muhamad – Oak Class (800m distance)
Natalie – Larch (Rounders Ball Throw) Quldre – Oak Class (Cricket Ball Throw)
Gamu – (5 x 80m relay) Fred – Beech Class (5 x 80m relay)
Cara – Oak (5 x 80m relay) Timmy – Oak Class (5 x 80m relay)
Le’aja – Oak (5x 80m relay) Ivan – Beech Class (5 x 80m relay)
Kaiana – Larch (Long jump) Luke – Oak Class (Long jump)
Elsie – Larch (5 x 80m relay) Xavier – Beech Class (5 x 80m relay)

Well done to Sebastian, Tiago, Fred, Timmy, Ivan, Luke and Xavier from the boys team and Lily-Mathilde, Ruby, Malaika and Kaiana from the girls’ team who have reached the finals taking place this evening.

Thank you to Miss Barker and Miss Hassan for all your hard work with the team this week.

Word of the Week

Well done to Eira in Hazel Class who was this week’s ‘Word Wizard’ at the Upper School.  Eira wrote a wonderful sentence using the word ‘blustery’.  This week’s word is ‘frothy’.  Please put your entries in the box outside the office to be in with a chance of winning.

Cypress Superstars

Well done to our Cypress musicians, who participated in an after school Summer Concert this Thursday.  We showcased the talents of the violinists taught by Fiona Thompson and our pianists who have been taught by Anne Wharton.  Please click here to read more!

Congratulations to Beatrice in Rowan Class who took part in a one mile race on Thursday earning her a medal.  Well done to Jemima in Willow Class who came second in her gymnastic competition at the weekend.  She has been awarded a bursary to attend a week long summer camp at Ardingley College where she will major in gymnastics, cheer and dance.  We are so proud of of you.

Well done to Kenzie and Suwaiba in Ruby class for their fantastic hand puppets!  They showed great care cutting out the felt and then sewing the pieces together.  Phoenix, Leon, Phoebe and Ray completed some excellent science work this week identifying amphibians and reptiles and talking about the differences between them.  Kaycee, Mateus, Charlotte and Zuriel have worked so hard this week interpretting data in tables and answering questions.  Harper in Indigo class has learnt all of the days of week and months of the year and was able to answer questions based on this in maths, including some tricky reasoning questions!  Isobel in Turquoise class has created the most incredible puppet theatre at home as part of her thematic homework, along with Punch, Judy and even a bunch of sausages!  Great work everyone!

Year 6 Fundraising

Year 6 have continued their fundraising for their end of Year events this week.  They have run a successful ‘Tuck Shop’ raising £100 in 2 days.  We are very impresse with the enterprise skills our House and Vice-Captains have shown.

Fit 4 Future Holiday Club

Fit 4 Future are running a holiday club for those entitled to Free School Meals.  Please see the flyer below or click here to book a place.  We will also send out details via Studybugs to eligible families.

We wish all our children and families a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Sorensen, Ms Binks and the Cypress Team

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