03 December 2021

Cypress Upper: We are reflective learners

This week we have been working on being reflective learners. We have been taking time to consider our strengths and areas for development. We have also been thinking about the actions we need to take, to improve ourselves in the areas we have identified. We know that this will accelerate our progress and thinking about our next steps will make us better at learning. Being able to vocalise our understanding of ourselves is also important and this is something we are also developing. Some of our  Year 6 children have been focusing on long division and thinking carefully about where their difficulties lie, which parts of the process they find tricky. Some students took home extra equations to work on so they could develop the areas they found difficult so that they could approach long division with more confidence! Well done!

Lime Class Assembly

Lime Class delivered a wonderful assembly on Boudicca, focusing on when and how the Romans invaded Britain and Boudicca’s story. The children spoke with great expression and confidence. They shared interesting facts in their ‘Did you know?’ section and children showed their work, which was beautifully presented – we especially loved the ‘pop -up’ element! There was incredible acting and melodic singing; we really enjoyed your rendition of Viva La Vida’ by Coldplay with actions! Well done to Ms Patel, Mrs Sa Walmsley and Mrs Joshi, for helping the children put on such a wonderful assembly. Lastly, and most importantly, well done Lime class – you were amazing! Parents of children in Lime class will be able to re-watch the assembly from the Lime class blog from this evening.

Rainbows Certificate Winners

Class Name Rainbow 1 Rainbow 2
Holly Elliot – for showing great resilience when overcoming a challenge in PE Sebastian – for consistently persevering to improve his writing
Cedar Filip S –  for consistently absorbed in his work and doing extra work at home as well. Evie – for being absorbed in her writing and produced some excellent speech writing
Birch Albert- for your amazing perseverance and dedication during English this week. Emily-  for always being a kind and extremely lovely friend to everyone in our class
Lime Joe – for amazing knowledge and understanding about coding. He created a short story using code Malaika  – for writing an amazing persuasive speech from Boudica’s perspective! She read it with great expression too!
Hawthorn Poppy – for recognising that she needed to manage her distraction and moving to an empty table to complete her work Eira – for showing great perseverance and determination during PE even though she was finding the task a bit difficult
Rowan Hector –  for an emotive reading of a diary entry in role as Boudicca. Amario – for a huge effort to improve the presentation of his writing
Hazel Ilaria – for great collaborative learning in our English lessons Delilah – for brilliant use of descriptive language to describe a snowy scene
Willow Ralph – for including excellent figurative language in his setting description. Ruby – for writing an excellent setting description.
Sycamore Le ‘Aja – for capitalising on different resources to write an effective setting description. Polly – for showing great imagination when writing a setting description.
Beech Amelia  – for showing great perseverance in her writing. Reece – for using his reasoning skills to explain how to code on Purple Mash.
Oak Nouria and Loretta – for the way they remained focused, didn’t give up and supported one another so that they could catch up with the rest of the class after missing a Literacy lesson.

Well done to all of our Rainbow winners this week!

Cypress Superstars

Joe and Alesha from Hawthorn confidently completed maths challenges in fluency and reasoning involving addition! They understood all concepts presented! We are very proud of you! Kaiaina has been very busy outside of school and has taken part in the Winter Wonderland Crystal Cup gymnastics competition and received three golds and a silver medal! Wow! What an amazing achievement! Baileigh took part in a ‘The Crystal Maze’ problem solving activity day and won herself some medals! Elsie in Hazel took her LAMDA ‘Speaking Verse and Prose’ exam – Grade 2 and passed with flying colors! Elsie had to perform a piece of verse and one piece of prose from memory and answer questions related to her performance – what great confidence and skill, Elsie! Good luck  to Lea and Zhane who entered the Brighten Your Bag competition run by Croydon Local Authority – the deadline for entry is today!

Road Safety Competition

Well done to all children who won the Road safety poster competition run by the Cypress JTAs. They were presented with light up/glow in the dark goodies and fun prizes on Wednesday! Keep spreading the message about the importance of being safe and visible using roads, particularly during the winter!

Year 5/6: Sam (Beech, Eliza (Beech), Maya (Sycamore) and Lucy (Sycamore)

Year 3/4: Clara (Hawthorn) Eira (Hawthorn), Joe (Cedar) Amelie (Birch)

Poppy Appeal

Frances from the Royal British Legion got in touch this week to let us know that we raised £433.34 for the Poppy Appeal. Thank you for all of your donations!

Winter Fair 

Please also remember that the greatly anticipated PTFA Winter Fair is happening today at 3:30pm in the Lower School Hall.  Tickets can be purchased here and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Dates for your Diary

Please remember it is the Year 5/6 Disco on next Monday (6th) -3:30pm – 5:30pm and Year 3/4 Disco on Wednesday 8th December, 3:30 -5:30pm. Tickets are available from the PTFA website. Click here to buy your tickets!

Have a great weekend


Mrs Carpenter and the Cypress Upper team

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Published on 3rd December, 2021

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