We have continued to think about meta-learning this week. In particular, we have been thinking about which learning powers are the most useful in specific tasks, for example in a revision task, we would need to capitalise, make links and use interdependence (consider whether it is better to work alone or with others). If we know a task is tricky, we may need to manage distractions before any new learning takes place! We have also been enjoying the sunshine and the snow! Weather seems confused but we are definitely not – we know that learning about learning skills helps us to become better learners!
Cypress PTFA’s Spring Fair
The PTFA’s annual Spring Fair begins at 3:20pm at Upper School. Entrance is free via the top playground. There are free as well as paid for activities to enjoy. All the funds raised go towards the school and help to enrich the experiences of children at Cypress such as visiting authors for book Week, the Upper School library and its books, and subsidisation of some trips and workshops. Please visit if you are able. More infomation about the fair is available here. Thank you for your support.
Rowan class assembly
Well done to Rown class who wowed us this morning with Varjak Paw: The Meowsical this morning. It began with a nod to April Fools Day and then an explosive entry onto stage! They retold the story of Varjak Paw using their acting talents and a variety of funky pop songs! They also impressed us with letters from Varjak Paw to his family they showcased skill in description, structure and ambitious word choice (well done to Finn, Flora and Viola!). They wrote and choreographed the performance themselves! How talented are they?! Special thanks goes to Ms Weston, Miss Challacombe who helped the children realise their vision.
Well done to Rainbow winners this week!
|Class Name||Rainbow 1||Rainbow 2|
|Holly||Tess – for being kind and helping other within the classroom||Alex – for persevering in his fractions work|
|Cedar||Rio – for working collaboratively and practically to solve fraction problems.||Quinn – for working collaboratively and practically to solve fraction problems.|
|Birch||Gianella- persevering with daily reading and Lexia. Also, never missing a single day, you have made great progress!||Harun – persevering with daily reading and Lexia. Also, never missing a single day, you have made great progress!|
|Lime||Rico – for both always persevering in their maths tasks! They have both been working really hard to learn their times tables! Well done||Matilda – for always persevering in their maths tasks! They have both been working really hard to learn their times tables! Well done|
|Hawthorn||Lea – for using persuasive language to design an advert based on the book Cinnamon.||Eira – for using persuasive language to design an advert based on the book Cinnamon.|
|Rowan||Viola – for applying taught grammatical features to her writing independently.||Taylan – for acting on feedback to improve his writing, making impressive progress.|
|Hazel||Tiago – Excellent participation in class discussions.||Oliver – excellent prosody in reading lessons.|
|Willow||Chloe – for reminding and helping me when I forget things in class!||Rayan – for an outstanding performance in our class assembly!|
|Sycamore||Sidiki – for excellent focus and resilience in class.||Anna – for excellent work in English. Capitalising on her learning.|
|Beech||Nicole- for writing a great monologue in role as Lady Macbeth that used Shakespearean language perfectly||Nihaal- for a fantastic effort with maths and telling the time.|
|Oak||Issam – for writing a wonderful monologue during his Macbeth work.||Felice – for being extremely resilient and building on his prior learning for one of his literacy lessons.|
Ashtri, Ruby, Dotty, Eira, Lea, Chidima and Thomas from Hawthorn have been completing an artist study of Salvador Dali. They impressed me with facts about the artist and also their Dali-inspired portraits! Matilda and Malaika designed and made amazing bronze brooches inspired by their work on the Bronze Age – fantastic intricate detail and an informative poster on Alfred the Great, Matilda. Eve has been bust creating a poster for the ‘Music Mammals’ using persuasive features -very persuasive; where can I buy a ticket?! Alana has been collecting Gold and Silver medals in gymnastics in a recent competition outside of school! What a talent -keep up the hard work and perseverance; it is clearly paying off. Flora came to see me also with her fantastic letter as Varjak Paw. It is clear that you have thought carefully about it’s content and have used varied sentence structures and ambitious vocabulary. See ,more pictures in the gallery!
Have a great weekend,
Mrs Carpenter and the Cypress Upper team