08 October 2021

CYP Upper: We are awesome!

It has been a very busy week at Cypress Upper with so many exciting things happening for our children.  The eco committee had their first meeting and in Monday’s assembly we shared with the school our aim to reduce litter around the school and local area.  We talked about the harm this causes to the environment and how we can show we care.

On Tuesday, Year 6 were lucky enough to travel into London by coach to see the musical “Matilda”.  The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the production and we were very proud of how well the children represented the school. They received some wonderful compliments from members of the public for their behaviour.

Wednesday morning began with a fantastic virtual assembly from Alim Kamara to kick off our Black History Month work.  We heard about the Cheddar Man who was discovered in Britain in 1903 and was a hunter gatherer.  At the time he was discovered, it was assumed that he was a white man.   When technology advanced, it was discovered that he was in fact a black man with blue eyes.  He was was known as the Cheddar Man as his body was found in Gough’s cage in Cheddar Gorge.  We also discovered that the scaling we see on maps is incorrect and that because of the way world maps are stretched, Africa looks much smaller than it actually is.  We saw the Gall Peters map which has been made showing accurate sizing of the world’s countries.  this taught us that Africa is in fact 14 times larger than Greenland.  We were very inspired by Alim and learnt so much from his assembly.

Mr St Aimee also headed off to a cross country event with a team of Year 5 and 6 runners on Wednesday.  It is so good to be able to get out to sporting events again.  The children did themselves and the school proud.  Thank you Mr St Aimee for organising this for the children.

Well done to our Year 5 and 6 pupils who have been busy with their Bikeability training this week. We have been very impressed with your resilience. Thank you to Miss Khatun for organising this.

This morning we were treated to a fantastic assembly from Sycamore class.  They took us through their learning journey based on the Louis Sachar book “The Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom”.  We heard some superb poetry containing powerful similes and metaphors.  The children had also used rhetorical questions to help create empathy with the emotions Bradly was feeling.  The children described Bradley’s journey in the book and had made some excellent links to PHSE and how we should treat others.  They also linked to our collective worship theme of generosity.  Thank you Sycamore and Miss Horvatova for a wonderful assembly.  If you did not get a chance to join us this morning, you can find the assembly on the class blog here

Well done to all our pupils who earned a rainbow this week.  We are seeing some excellent use of Building Learning Power Skills in class this week.  Keep up the great work!

CYP Upper Rainbows 04/10/21

Class Name Rainbow 1 Rainbow 2
Holly Olivia – for persevering in all lessons and a helpful friend to others Gokhan – for persevering in maths
Cedar Felix – Being resilient learners – managing distractions and getting absorbed in their work. Faith – Being resilient learners – managing distractions and getting absorbed in their work.
Birch Gianella -for working really hard to learn your phonics! Amelie- I am proud of your fantastic collaborative and leadership skills during your first reading club session on Friday
Lime Theodore – for being absorbed in his tasks, especially with portioning 4-digit numbers Really trying to be absorbed in his tasks and managing his distractions. An excellent piece of writing using capital letters and full stops
Hawthorn Joe – Working hard to remain focused and on task during maths and English. Eira – Excellent writing and performing in role as a character from Krindlekrax.
Rowan Aaliyah for her efforts to make links to prior learning in maths lessons. Lalibela for a thoughtful piece of  writing in role as a character, using well-chosen vocabulary.
Hazel Oliver – for wonderful collaborative learner. Kaiana  – for beginning to manage distractions and persevere with independent learning.
Willow Harry – For working really hard in maths and writing and always managing his distractions to make excellent progress. Deimante – For being a really helpful classroom assistant and always being willing to do important jobs.
Sycamore Kurtis-Theo – for managing your distractions more often and allowing yourself to focus in our lessons. Enoch – for focusing in our lessons and really trying his best to produce the best work possible, especially in our English lessons.
Beech Charlie and Alex for working collaboratively in Gymnastics.
Oak Mustafa – for working hard at managing his distractions and persevering during maths. Gabriele – for being an enthusiastic learner and being absorbed in her work.

Congratulations to our Cypress superstars this week.  Gianella for her excellent progress in phonics and Jessica, Frank, Michelle and Tiago for some superb thematic work.  Our Word Wizard this week was Nour in Oak Class who wrote a fantastic sentence using the word bamboozled. This week’s word is “swagger” so get your entries in for a chance to win.

We wish all our Cypress families a wonderful weekend and look forward to seeing on Monday.

Ms Binks and the Cypress Upper team




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Published on 8th October, 2021

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