07 October 2022

Cypress – Weekly news

This week at Cypress Lower School we have been learning about perseverance.  We thought about times where we feel stuck or that we can’t do something and discussed strategies to overcome this.  Mr Spoerer (Yr2 music teacher) inspired us this week with his perseverance after he completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 37 minutes, raising over £3,000 for The Downs Syndrome Association (click here if you’d like to contribute) – well done, Mr Spoerer!  Lots of children received Rainbow certificates today in assembly and we are so proud of their achievements this week.  Well done to Agnes in Year 1 for using the word ‘cold’ in an amazing sentence.  Our next Word of the Week is ‘festival’.  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 Cypress Upper School this week, we discussed the idea of perseverance. Showing perseverance and resilience is not just the act of doing something over and over again, it is thinking about one’s approach and altering it at each attempt, allowing you to finally get to a place of success. The children watched a video in assembly to exemplify this idea. We know that we need to keep trying but also consider our approach to overcome challenge.

Larch class delivered a fantastic assembly today based on the book ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ by Virginia Ironside. They retold the story beautifully using clear diction and delivered their lines with confidence. We also enjoyed the acting which accompanied the narrative. They finished the performance by singing the Bob Marley classic, ‘Three Little Birds (Don’t Worry About a Thing)’. The moral they wanted to share was clear: do not keep worries to yourself; share them so others can support and help you. Thank you Larch class for sharing such an important message in your assembly today! Well done also to Ms Wadham-Powell, Miss Brathwaite and Miss Brewer for helping to create an informative and entertaining assembly.

National Poetry Day

This week we have been celebrating National Poetry week and learnt about the current Children’s Laurette, Joseph Coelho.  We’ve seen some amazing performance poetry in Indigo class this week as children performed ‘Beware!’ by James Carter – click here to see them in action!

Cypress Superstars

Well done to Turquoise and Violet class for being such superstars at Hampton Court today!  They have all demonstrated the Pegasus values, displaying wonderful manners and showing they care.  We are so proud of them! Well done to Alanna (Birch) for completing a very detailed non -chronological report on dinosaurs; great use of the subordinating conjunction ‘because’, Alanna! Jimmy, Xavier and Evan (Beech) have been busy writing diary extracts in the role of Emmeline Pankhurst. You used first person and emotive language to create impassioned diary extracts. Great job, boys! Rejhana and Harrison have been impressing the adults with their progress in phonics.  Rejhana (Rowan) has dedicated herself to reading and writing in English and now knows all of her phonic sounds. Harrison has learnt all of his phase 3 sounds – well done! You are both great role models, showing us all the benefits of perseverance and resilience!  Robyn has demonstrated her speaking and listening skills telling her teacher all about the professions of her parents, she was able to paint a picture of her home using printing blocks too.  Amazing! Jack, Emilia, Sam, Sailor, Ali, Evie and Hazel (Birch) have completed amazingly colourful and informative non-chronological reports on dinosaurs! They used interesting facts and focused on the presentation of their research – well done!

Reading Practice in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

Reception have started Reading Practice this week and we are so impressed with their love of reading already!  Please click the links here to learn more about how we teach reading at Cypress Lower School in Reception and Key Stage 1.  All children have a Collins ebook login sticker in their reading diaries and you will be able to access their school Reading Practice book each week via the website or by downloading the Collins App.  Reading this book with your child at home builds on their successes in school and really supports your child’s developing reading skills.  Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.

Harvest Festival at Cypress

We are now collecting donations for our Harvest Festival, which will be donated to The Salvation Army.  Please send any donations of non-perishable items to the school office – see letter here for further details.

Year 4 parents: our Year 4 Harvest Festival Assembly is on Friday 14th October (next Friday) at 2:00pm. We hope to see you there!

MAC vacancies

Are you interested in becoming a Cypress Academy Council member? Being a MAC is a challenging but rewarding role. There is no requirement to understand the education system. MACs just need to have life skills, the time to share their experience, an enquiring mind and the confidence to ask questions. Above all, MACs have to have a genuine interest in supporting the school and helping us to achieve the best outcomes for children. If you are interested, please here to find out how to become a Cypress MAC.

We look forward to seeing all families attending Parents’ Evening next week and hope that everyone has a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carpenter, Mrs Sorensen and the Cypress team

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