15 July 2022

CYP Upper: Learning from our mistakes!

We have been thinking carefully about mistakes – and how we can use them as an opportunity to learn. They always exhibit an example of what not to do next time. We know that taking the time to thoroughly analyse the situation that led to the unwanted outcome can help ensure we do not make the same mistake again. We discussed worry around the possibility of making a mistake and what it feels like, emotionally, when we do. We know that it often leads to us trying to cover up mistakes when they occur. This week we are working to notice and change our response to mistakes.

Next Tuesday, your children will get a chance to meet their new teacher and familiarise themselves with their new classrooms. This activity will happen in the morning. Please ensure your child arrives promptly on this day.

Weather Warning

This week has been incredibly hot and with temperatures set to soar next week, we’ve been thinking of ways to keep cool.  Next week children are allowed to wear their PE kit or their school uniform, regardless of whether it’s their usual PE day or not.  We will be encouraging children to drink plenty of water, refill their bottles regularly and we will also be keeping children inside for some playtimes when temperatures reach their peak.  Staff will be making every effort to keep classrooms ventilated and cool and we will take advantage of the cooler areas of the school.  Please ensure your child has sun cream applied before school and they bring a hat.

School discos on Monday have been moved to Wednesday as a safety precaution – timings remain unchanged.

Hazel Class Assembly

Hazel class delivered a very informative assembly on crime and punishment across the ages. I think we are now very glad to live in an age of fair trial and evidence! Hazel class took us back different periods in time. We were particularly horrified by medieval England, where courts decided whether a person was guilty or innocent of witchcraft by administering a floating test – it didn’t sound like a very fair way of finding out the facts! Thank you to Hazel class for such an entertaining and interesting assembly. Special thanks also to Mr St Aimee, Ms Mitchell and Mrs Simadree for helping the children to deliver a fantastic class assembly.

Year 6 Production

Thank you to all the parents who came to watch Y6 in their very last Cypress performance, ‘School Daze’. The children wowed us all with their melodic singing, humour and confidence on stage – well done Year 6! A special mention to Kemara, who stepped into the lead role five minutes before the evening performance. Special thanks also goes to Mrs O’Connor, Ms Prideaux, Mr Opara, Ms Brathwaite and Miss Brewer for helping the children to put on such a great show.

Cypress Superstars

Well done to Anna for her information text in the Tower of London -it’s jam-packed with facts and photos from Year 5’s recent visit! Beatriz in Lime class is our Word Wizard this week after she successfully used the word ‘astonished’ in an ambitious sentence!

Sports Day photos – If you’d like to order any photos please follow the links and information in this letter.  50% of proceeds will be donated to the Cypress PTFA.

Summer holiday activities – We have been receiving lots of information about local holiday activity clubs, many of which are free for families eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).  Many restaurants are also providing discounted or free meals for children.  Please keep an eye on our news story, as we’re adding new information when we receive it.  If anyone knows of any other summer holiday projects or freebies for families, please email the school office.


We hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe in the sun!


Mrs Carpenter and the Upper School team


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Published on 15th July, 2022

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