20 January 2023

CYP Upper: Thinking is critical!

This week Ms Binks recapped our learning on critical thinking. She focused on listening to the viewpoints of others and taking time to analyse and draw conclusions on their thoughts. We know that the resistance to changing our minds can be intense, but we now know that the ability, to change one’s mind, is required for critical thinking. Even when we’re able to change our minds privately to ourselves, communicating that change in front of our friends and classmates can be really difficult. We also took time to consider that as well as challenging our thought, considering the views of others can strengthens our own argument.  Either way, we know that the view points of others only enriches our thinking and our learning experience.

Cypress Superstars

Three skilled Sycamore children stopped by the office to share what they have been learning in Spanish with Mrs SaWalmsley. I was very impressed with their vocab knowledge, accuracy and accents! Why don’t you have a listen and see if you can work out who they are?

Elouise was very busy last week recreating the Rosetta Stone on her 3D printer to complement her work on the Egyptians! Very impressive. Elouise! Viola, Flora, Holly, Sam, Ian, and Lucy have been studying the artist Picasso and in particular his ‘Blue period’ during art enrichment sessions. Children recreated monochromatic self-portraits. They chose a colour they believe represented them. Well done! Nicole, Enzo, Finn, Leah, Leo, Taylan, Scarlett and Maggie created Keith Haring inspired artwork using Haring’s famous colourful and very stylised images of figures, animals and words! Great use of your imitation skills – well done. Ralph has also been showing off his artistry with an Elmer inspired elephant he created, drawing it freehand – keep practising Ralph; you have a great talent! Mohammed wowed me with his phonic knowledge. He can now read a book with wonderful automaticity and is developing his fluency. It was so lovely to hear you read Mohammed – keep practising! Cara produced some excellent art work as part of her Values lesson in Enrichment this week.

Lime Class Assembly

This morning Lime class treated us to a fantastic assembly all about the Romans.  We learnt lots of interesting facts about the Roman invasion of Britain and their war with Boudicca.  We were very impressed with their knowledge and acting skills and the way they linked their knowledge to their Building Learning Power Skills.  Evie made an excellent Boudicca and her rousing battle speech made us all want to follow her into battle!  Lime class ended their assemby with a fantastic perfomance of ” We Could be Heroes” which had everyone in the audience joining.  We are so proud of the confidence all the children showed.  Thank to all the parents and carers who joined us this morning and to Miss Barker and Mrs Joshi who put the assembly together.

Y4 swimming 

On Monday Lime class will begin swimming daily for two weeks. If your child is in Lime please ensure that they have their swimming costume or trunks, swimming hat and a towel so that they can fully participate in the sessions.

Year group newsletters

Last week we sent home newsletters for each year group, with information and key dates for this term.  You can also find these here: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.  We hope you find these helpful.

Word of the Week

This week’s winner was Kevin in Willow Class who wrote an excellent sentence using the word ‘contented’.  This week’s word is ‘fixated‘.  To be in with a chance to win, please put your entries in the Word of the Week box by Monday morning at 9 a.m.


Have a great weekend.


Mrs Carpenter and the Upper School Team


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