28 May 2021

Cypress Upper: Reflecting on our learning

The sun is finally here! We have enjoyed our last week of learning for the half-term. A big congratulations goes to the school council, who have been fundraising to buy more equipment for the lower playground. Even under difficult circumstances, they have managed to raise £330! Well done to all of the class reps and to Miss Horvatova for helping to organise the events they have run this academic year. All children have voted from a selection of equipment sets last week and the result is in! Children will find out which play set will be ordered during the first assembly back to school on Monday 7th June!

Gold Awards  

 Well done to: Alecia & William (Birch), Maggie & Finn (Cedar), Matilde & Meredith (Holly), Malcolm & Oliver (Rowan), Timmy & Carianne (Lime), Erin &Owen (Hawthorn), Brady & Nour (Willow), Florence & Cailen (Sycamore), Mustafa & Haddy (Hazel), Efe & Silvana (Beech), Ernesto & Taliyah (Oak), Larch to be shared Monday 7th June.
The Gold Award assembly will be available to watch on class blogs after 5pm.


Class Name Rainbow 1 Rainbow 2
Holly Maggie – for using her planning skills to write an excellent narrative Joe – for being reflective on his extended writing to ensure he gave his best effort
Cedar Tabitha – for taking the time pick up others’ litter in the garden and around the school and put it in the bin each day this week. Maggie – for excellent collaboration and support for her partner in literacy to improve their writing together.
Birch Rizwana- for being a beautiful role model to everyone in her class. Dotty- For being resourceful and your effortless planning for your narrative writing.
Lime Chloe- for writing an amazing story about the chicken thief using creative language and direct speech Ivan – for writing an amazing story about the chicken thief using creative language and direct speech
Hawthorn Le’Aja – for working hard during maths preview, managing distractions in order to remain focused and successfully complete the maths tasks. Owen – for showing improved resilience and consistently working hard to improve his writing.
Rowan Elsie- an outstanding performance in the class assembly Kieran – for his fantastic and confident performance in the class assembly
Hazel Nicole – excellent planning skills in lessons. Indya – for her positive attitude in maths lessons and boosters.
Willow Alycia – excellent use of colons and semi-colons in English and producing a detailed plan for her writing. Nicole – for excellent note-taking skills during literacy and showing excellent reflectiveness in maths.
Sycamore Nihaal – for persevering in all tasks and for keeping a positive attitude, even when faced with challenges. Danny – for keeping a positive attitude, especially when told he needs to revise his work. Also, well done for completing extra learning tasks at home!
Beech Tamia – for making links between word origins to show her understanding of measures. Kinaiya – for using her planning skills to revise her approach and complete her work in a set time.
Oak Malachi – for volunteering to use his revising skills to review his work and make the necessary corrections in his literacy. Archer – for showing resilience in his writing.  He is really trying hard to use all of his learnt skills to improve his writing.

Thea –for showing great independence in maths this week.


Izi – for being more absorbed during lessons, and showing excellent revising skills  in both  maths and literacy.

Forest School

We have thoroughly enjoyed our Forest School sessions this half term! During the second half term, children from Lime class, Year 5 and Year 6 will be invited to take part. If your child is in Year 5 and you have not received a letter, please download one from the school website. The consent form should be completed and returned to school before the first session. If your slip is still outstanding, please send it with your child on Monday morning.


Mr St Aimee has been working hard to provisionally secure some intensive swimming lessons for our Year 5 children during next half term (after the June 21st easing). The sessions will span 10 days and will occur daily from 1pm to 2pm. This year group missed most of their swimming sessions last academic year and therefore these intensive lessons are a ‘catch up’ opportunity and have been proven to boost progress. By the end of Key Stage 2, all children should be able to: pupils should be taught to: swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres; use a range of strokes effectively; perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. Thank you to Mr St Aimee for organising this. We hope that the national situation remains positive so that these sessions can go ahead. Please look out for a letter with details of this in the coming weeks.

Word of the Week

Well done to Malaika in Holly Class for a fantastic sentence using the word ‘ambitious’! You are our Word Wizard for this week; keep learning new words and applying them in your writing and in conversations with others!

Cypress Superstars

Ruby in Birch class,  has achieved her gold Accelerated Reading certificate! We are very proud of you. Keep gaining that reading mileage – it will stand you in good stead. Well done also to Lea in Larch, who used her knowledge of levers to create a moving paper model.

Reading Survey

Thank you so much to those who have returned a questionnaire. They are helping us to build a picture of what works well and how best to improve our reading offer. The survey is still open and can be accessed until Wednesday 9th June. Click here to access the survey

Covid-19 vaccination pop-up clinics in Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood this week.

The NHS are running a series of Covid19 vaccination clinics in the local Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood area over the next few days.  These are walk-in clinics, where no appointment is needed. If you’re 40 or over, a frontline health or social care worker, or in a vulnerable group and haven’t had your first Covid-19 vaccination, please come along to one of the following clinics. All you need is some proof of age (driving licence or passport) or your work ID if you’re a frontline health or social care worker. As we move forward, vaccination offers us the best possible defence against the virus.

Pop up clinics at:

Phoenix Community Centre,

66 Westow St,

London SE19 3AF

4pm to 7pm, Friday 28 May 2021


Upper Norwood Library Hub

39 Westow Hill,

SE19 1TQ

12 noon to 4pm, Friday 4 June 2021


Croydon University Hospital

Shirley House

530 London Rd,

Thornton Heath


8am to 7pm, every day until 31 May 2021

Additionally, a clinic at Croydon University Hospital is open to anyone over 30 and is running every day until 31 May from 8am to 7pm

If you have questions or concerns about getting the vaccine, clinicians will be happy to talk to you about them on the day. There’s more information on the Croydon NHS website: Your questions – South West London CCG (swlondonccg.nhs.uk).

Please spread the word to family and friends.


We hope you enjoy a sunny and fun-filled half term week. See you on Monday 7th June!


Mrs. Carpenter and the Cypress Upper team

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