10 December 2021

Cypress Upper: Celebrating the season!

This week we have been considering the skills needed to be a good collaborator. We thought carefully about whether we be patient, share what we know, respect the ideas of others and work effectively toward a shared goal. We will also be exploring our new capacity, ‘collaboration’ again next week. We have been getting into the festive spirit with our winter discos taking place this week. Great fun was had by all who attended. We are very much looking forward to the Year 5 Christmas performances on Monday and Tuesday next week, and also our trip to Stanley Halls to see a Christmas pantomime next week on Wednesday afternoon. We have also enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers/festive wear today, for Save the Children. We learned more about the work of this amazing charity this morning during our assembly and who our donations help. We will update you with a total once all donations have been counted. Last week we held the PTFA Winter Fair, which was a huge success.  The fundraising total is still being counted and we’d like to say a massive thank you to the dedicated PTFA team who work tirelessly to raise funds to support our Cypress children.

Reading Tree Awards

We have our first Reading Tree Awards Assembly on Monday. Children who have read for 20 minutes every day will receive a collectable bookmark (they are different each term) containing a special Christmas surprise. They will also be entered into the raffle where a child from each class will win a book prize!


Well done to all our Rainbow certificate winners this week:

Class Name Rainbow 1 Rainbow 2
Holly Sammy – for making links in our literacy work to be able to identify the features of fables. Berry –for making links in our literacy work to be able to identify the features of fables.
Cedar Lily-Mathilde – for brilliant reasoning and absorbed in her maths. Emerson – for managing distractions and absorbed in his maths, completing it independently
Birch Ben- for making great links about properties of metals in our science investigation. Jasmin- for being a resilient learner and showing lots of confidence during whole class discussions.
Lime Matilda – for using expression and empathy in her role as the Roman emperor Sophia – for always staying absorbed when completing her tasks and managing the distractions around her
Hawthorn Clara – for being passionate about her role as a reading ambassador and actively encouraging others to read. Ruby – for being passionate about her role as a reading ambassador and actively encouraging others to read.
Rowan Tabitha- for applying her inference skills effectively in whole class reading lessons. Finn – for his excellent teamwork and co-operation in PE lessons.
Hazel Martyna – for being a reflective learner and always checking her work. Elsie – for excellent contributions in gymnastics lessons.
Willow Kaylee – for creating an excellent piece of suspense writing. Ivan – for excellent work in subtraction using regrouping.
Sycamore Nikolai – for using great examples of show not tell in his suspense writing. Elouise – for using features of suspense writing to write an effective paragraph.
Beech Eduard and Nicole – for their excellent collaborative learning.
Oak Nicole – for all the effort she has put into her work outside of school so that she is able to contribute positively in the lessons. Brady – for asking many probing questions on Cleopatra during our Literacy work.

Cypress Superstars:

A big well done to Alesha in Hawthorn, who competed in another gymnastics and trampolining competition last weekend and won 2 bronze, 2 silver and a gold medal! Keep up the hard work! Flora, Viola, Scarlett, Nealan and Antonia came to the office sporting some fabulously fashionable hats inspired by their work on Coco Chanel, that they created from paper (see the gallery). Well done also to Theodore (Lime) wrote a very impressive story using adverbials of time appropriately throughout.  Billy in Holly class wrote a wonderfully descriptive narrative  also using fronted adverbials; he also had carefully edited his piece to improve it! Well done Billy!

Dates for your diary

  • Y5 Christmas performances – Monday 13th December – 9:30am and 2:00pm and Tuesday 14th December – 9:30am and 5:30pm
  • Y3, Y4 & Y5 Stanley Halls Pantomime trip  – Wednesday 15th Decemeber12:30 until 3:30pm
  • Christmas Lunch – Thursday 16th December


Have a great weekend


Mrs Carpenter and the Upper School team

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