30 April 2021

Cypress Upper: We are reflective learners!

This week, we have thinking more deeply about planning and using it to consider about our strengths and areas of development. In particular, we have been working hard to identify our obstacles to progress and use strategies to minimise or eliminate them. We are finding we get through so much more learning and produce better outcomes when we plan! We review our plans once we have completed a task – it’s been so interesting to consider at various points in the lesson whether our plan ‘is going to plan’! Class photographs were taken on Tuesday and the children received a card with a QR code marked ‘proof’. Please read the instructions on this card to order your child’s class photo online.

Cedar Assembly

Today, we were treated to a class assembly from Cedar class all about the Stone Age! It was so informative and humorous! We learned some very interesting facts about Neanderthals and saw some art inspired by cave paintings from that period. We cannot wait for the next instalment. Cedar class parents: if you did not manage to see the assembly this morning, or would like to watch it again, please head over to Cedar class blog where it has been uploaded for your enjoyment! Special thanks to Mr Shipley, Miss Challacombe and Ms Francis, for helping to organise such a fantastic assembly and a big thank you and well done to Cedar class!

Bank Holiday

Please remember that Monday is a bank holiday and the school will be closed. School will restart on Tuesday 4th May.


After a successful interview, we are pleased to inform you that Miss Binks has been appointed Deputy Head of School for Upper Site at Cypress Primary – we send our congratulations. Over the past two years, Miss Binks has been Assistant Headteacher, English lead for Pegasus Trust and Year Group Leader for Year 4 at Cypress. She is a very dedicated and highly skilled practitioner and we are very much looking forward to working with Miss Binks in her new capacity as Deputy Head.


Please click here to see the curriculum newsletters for the summer term for each year group

Cypress Superstars

Last week, the word of the week was ‘energised’. Congratulations to Emma in Larch class for a great sentence using the word correctly. You are our Word Wizard this week! This week’s word of the week is ‘intricate’. I wonder who will win the Word Wizard rosette on Monday?! Get your sentences into the gold vocabulary box first thing on Monday to enter the competition before a winner is drawn!

Well done to Tyren (Birch), for some great speech and punctuation work, Astri, Alesha and Joe (Birch) for some very thoughtful and descriptive writing, using their senses to create imagery. Loretta (Hazel) created a very thoughtful acrostic poem about feelings – I really enjoyed reading your poem, Loretta!

Nicole, Tabitha and Lucy: well done for achieving your gold Accelerated Reading certificates! What amazing reading mileage!

Well done all children mentioned this week – you have earned your place on the ‘Wonder Wall’!


We hope you have a great weekend.


Mrs Carpenter and the Cypress Upper School team.

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Published on 30th April, 2021

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