29 September 2023

MacMillan fundraising at Cypress

At the Lower School this week Mrs Guerry led an assembly about building resilience.  We watched a video of a little girl trying to climb onto a horse.  She couldn’t do it at first, but she persevered and tried her hardest until she managed it, hooray!  We thought about how proud she felt when she achieved her goal.

At the Upper School, we have been thinking about being absorbed in our learning an enjoying the ‘flow’ of learning.  We know that learning isn’t always comfortable but if we allow ourselves to be receptive to our teachers and use our other resilience skills (noticing, perseverance and managing our distractions) we can know what it feels like to become absorbed in our learning sessions.

Recognition boards

In line with our new behaviour policy, each classroom has a ‘recognition board’ where we celebrate children’s successes and achievements.  Each week, we (Mrs Sorensen and Mrs Carpenter) also have children coming to us to share their work and achievements and we love sharing this in our weekly news story.

At the Lower School, we are proud of Flynn in Red class for drawing a fantastic picture of his family.  Gilbie in Blue class worked hard to think about things that keep our bodies healthy, such as walking and exercising.  In Turquoise class Bethany, Ivy, Elham and Freddy shared their fantastic diary writing, using the past tense consistently.  Mahbubat in Blue class shared her writing with Mrs Sorensen and was very proud of her achievements.  We saw some great work from Malaika, Rose, George, Molly and Jamie as they made plates reflecting healthy and balanced meals.  They were all able to confidently explain why they’d chosen different foods on their plates.  Well done!

At the Upper School, Harry, Sophia and Sam came to see me to show me their Spanish work and engage in some conversation.  It was great fun finding out about their favourite animals.  Well done!  You all spoke with great confidence! Taylor wrote a recount of the story of Romulus and Remus. He used sentences with fronted adverbials and ambitious vocabulary, independently! Keep up the great work, Taylor! We are very proud of you.  Well done to Tom in Hawthorn class this week who is our Word Wizard and won our prestigious Word Wizard rosette by using the word ‘bulging’ in the correct context within an ambitious sentence; very impressive Tom!  This week our word is ‘sheepish’.  Get your answers into the Word of the Week box before 9:15am on Monday to enter the competition!


Election fever at Cypress!

Last week Friday, we held our House Captain assembly, where candidates for the position of House and Vice-Captain of our four houses, read their manifestos to the rest of the school.  They were engaging and spoke eloquently and with vim.  Children subsequently went back to their classes and voted for their preferred candidate.  Our winners, who were announced in Monday’s assembly were:


Corinth: Abbey (C) and Joe (V) Sparta: Malaika (C) and Ruby (V)
Athens: Dotty (C) and Amelia (V) Olympia: Flora (C) and Lara (V)


School Councillors were also elected through class votes last week.  Children bravely spoke in front of classmates for the chance to represent them on the council, share their class’ views and work to improve the school experience at Cypress.  Well done to the following children:


Blue class: Imogen and Oscar Hawthorn class: Sophie
Green class: Hugo and Winnie Lime class: Gilbert
Indigo class: Reuben and Apphia Rowan class: Bonnie
Ruby class: Aggie and Rufus Hazel class: Evie
Violet class: James and Ridwan Sycamore class: Zhane
Turquoise class: Molly and Lucas Willow class: Zephaniah
Birch class: Milena Beech class: Bethlehem
Cedar class: Giorgia Larch class: Gracie
Holly class: Niamh Oak class: Roshina


MacMillan coffee morning


Thank you for your generous donations!  We had a fabulous turn out at our coffee morning at the Lower School, with lots of chats over coffee and cake.  Our newly elected House Captains did the most amazing job supporting at this event and so many parents commented on what a credit they are to Cypress – well done!

After school today we held cake sales on both sites and we will let everyone know our fundraising grand total next week.  Thank you for supporting Cypress Primary School to fundraise for this important charity – sadly everyone will know someone who has been affected by cancer, so we are very grateful for any donations to this worthwhile cause.  If you’d still like to donate then please follow this link to our Cypress Primary School fundraising page: https://coffeefundraising.macmillan.org.uk/fundraising/cm23076807

Lower School curriculum meetings

Next week we have our Early Years curriculum meetings for Parents and Carers and hope that you’re able to join us in the Lower School hall.  If you can’t make it, don’t worry!  We’ll be sharing the presentations on our website.  Lower School dates are:

  • Nursery – Tuesday 3rd October, 9am
  • Reception – Wednesday 4th October, 9am

We hope KS1 parents found their curriculum meetings useful this week.  Please click here for resources if you were unable to attend the Year 1 or Year 2 curriculum meetings.

At the Upper School, we have a Y6 curriculum meeting taking place at 4:30pm on Wednesday 4th October in the Upper School Hall. We hope to see you there!

We need your help!

We are seeking volunteers to help Mrs Dutton with some light gardening next Friday afternoon from 1.30pm.  Please email idutton@pegasusacademytrust.org if you’re able to give us a hand.  We’ll provide tea and biscuits!

Makaton sign of the week

This week at the Lower School we have been learning the sign ‘grandfather’.  Ask your child to show you, or click here.


We hope everyone has a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. Sorensen and the Cypress team

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