11 December 2020

CYP LOWER – Weekly News!

We have had another eventful week here at Cypress Lower! Sadly, our Year 1 children have had to work from home since yesterday and we know how disappointing it is to miss some of the festive fun at the end of term. Please carry on working hard from your homes, Year 1, and we look forward to seeing you all ‘virtually’ over the next few days via our Home Learning programme.

Year 1 Moon Day: Year 1 had a fabulous day on Wednesday when their classrooms and some of the rest of Lower School were transformed in to the face of the moon! We even had an alien visit, although it was fairly difficult to understand the alien language! The whole of Year 1 had an amazing time learning about the moon and using their wonderful imaginations. A big thank you to the Year 1 staff for ensuring the children had a magical day.

Marshmallows, camp fires and Father Christmas: Some of our classes were lucky enough to be the first to experience our Christmas singing around the camp fire (many with their party hats on!) in Forest School, toasting and eating marshmallows and then even getting a visit from Father Christmas, who brought each class a joint present to share and keep in school. What a wonderful day and we look forward to some other classes enjoying this experience next Wednesday as well.

Christmas Lunch Day: Thursday was Christmas Lunch Day at Cypress and Harrison, our caterers, did us proud with a delicious Christmas meal. We particularly enjoyed the Christmas tablecloths, crackers and Christmas music playing in the hall.

Bug Club Champion Readers and Gold Accelerated Readers: Mrs Parker had a busy assembly on Thursday awarding certificates and prizes to many children across Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who have read 100 books this term! She also gave out awards to the top 3 Bug Club readers in each class. She will catch up with Year 1 children in the New Year and ensure they also get their certificates and prizes. Mrs Parker would like to remind our families to keep reading over the Christmas holidays and enjoy some stories together. Bug Club is always available as our online reading programme and you could try the Christmas Reading Challenge to get some variety in what and where you read!

Christmas Jumper Day: Friday brought more fun with our Christmas Jumper Day. We brought donations for Save the Children and saw a wonderful array of festive sweaters across the school! We raised £174 for this wonderful charity.

Nativity Productions: What a shame that Year 1 had to go home, just the day before the Nativity recording, but Reception and Little Cypress will go ahead with their singing and those recordings will be available for you to watch at home before the end of term.

Socially Distanced Santa in the Forest! A big thank you to the PTFA for organising for Father Christmas to come and visit the children at Cypress, after school in his grotto in Forest School. It was so magical, especially as it got dark and the grotto lights were twinkling.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Roberts and Miss Chapman

Published on 11th December, 2020

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