Year 6 – 22/09/17

Well done Year 6 for delivering your assembly on Rosh Hashanah so well this morning – you did yourselves proud as the leaders of the school!

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English learning this week has seen the children really honing their editing skills. Here they are wearing their official Editing Passes!

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The class got their first taster of SATs practice this week by sitting a set of past maths papers. Well done to all for trying your hardest.

Our WW2 learning continued with the children experiencing the need to ‘Make Do and Mend’. We learnt about how people were encouraged to reuse and up-cycle old clothes during the war, when availability of goods was limited. Armed with a needle, thread and a worn-out sock, we then had a go at darning!

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Along with the rest of the school, Y6 enjoyed the launch of the new Fitter Futures initiative.

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Once again, the children finished off the week with their Reception partners. Taking advantage of the beautiful weather, they sat in the Reception outdoor learning area, reading to their buddies.

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For this week’s Home Learning letter, click here.

Remember to take a photo if you cook this week’s wartime dish, Bacon and Macaroni!

Request to parents: Following the letter that went out on Thursday regarding our visit next Tuesday afternoon to Potters Bar Museum, I am still in need of 2 parent helpers. Please let me know on Monday if you are available.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Donatantonio


Meet Our Year 6 Reading Partners

On Friday, we met our Year 6 Reading Partners and had lots of fun getting to know them! Some of the Reception children were a little camera shy and decided not to pose for a picture. Look closely and you will probably see them playing in the background!

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Lyrics for Assembly Song (Apples and Honey)

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,

Happy New Year!


We bite on the apple
It’s so good to eat,
We lick all the honey,
It’s oh so sweet;


Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!


Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!


The old year is past
What shall we do?
Out with the old
In with the new!


Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!


Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!


The shofar sounds
Loud and strong;
Have we been good?
Have we done wrong?


Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!


Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!


The synagogue’s full,
The prayers ring out.
We try hard to listen
But we only think about …


Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!


Year 6 – 15/09/17

Another week down, and Year 6 have been working hard on improving their writing skills. They have been planning, drafting and editing a diary entry based on our class novel Goodnight Mister Tom, and they will be writing these up for their portfolios at the beginning of next week.

For Roald Dahl Day on Wednesday, the children continued a story that Dahl had started but never finished, called The Eyes of Mr Croaker. They focused on conveying the humour and suspense that are characteristic of the author’s style.

This week’s history learning was on the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign on the Home Front during WW2. We looked at a typical week’s worth of rationing for a family of 4 and were surprised at how little it comprised! The children then made propaganda posters, encouraging people to plant fruit and vegetables, and planted their own tomato, pumpkin, strawberry, sweet pea, carrot and runner bean seeds.

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In art, we looked at artist Henry Moore and particularly his art depicting people taking shelter in the London Tube stations during the Blitz. To prepare for next week’s task of recreating his “Tube Shelter Perspective”, we worked on the skill of creating the illusion of perspective.
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In PE, we continued our unit of circuit training, this time focusing on strengthening our core.

In science, the children experimented with putting different components into an electrical circuit, and then drawing them in their books using the correct symbols.

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This afternoon, the Year 6s met their Reception reading buddies and spent time getting to know them. They were wonderful with them and I know that they are going to be fantastic role models for their partners over the course of the year!

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Homework Club was launched this week with an excellent turnout – click here for this week’s Home Learning letter.

The Spellzone link to this week’s spellings can be accessed here.

Enjoy your weekend 😊

Miss Donatantonio


First week in Year 6 – 08/09/17

It was good to meet with you at the Meet the Teacher meeting on Wednesday. For those that were unable to attend, the PowerPoint is available here.

It has been a wonderful week getting to know the children. They are settling into Year 6 and have thrown themselves straight into their learning, which is fantastic to see. We began the new school year with an Act of Worship in with the children reflected on their individual talents and how they can put them to use and for the good of other people.

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We have jumped straight into our history topic for the half term, WW2, by starting our class novel – Goodnight Mister Tom. The children have already produced some excellent English learning based on the book. We experienced an air raid on Thursday and waited for the all-clear before coming out from the safety of our shelters!

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The focus of this week’s Maths learning has been explaining their reasoning when answering questions on Place Value, and we have been looking at different ways of representing a number.

We also began our first science topic on Electricity.

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In PE, we began our circuit training and the children recorded how well they did on each station. We will work on different muscle groups over the coming weeks, thus increasing their strength and stamina when they redo the circuit at the end of the unit.

In the house meetings that took place this morning, many of the Year 6s stood up and gave a speech to put themselves forward for House Captain. Well done to all the candidates – the speeches that I heard were very well delivered. The votes were counted, confirming the new House Captains as follows:

St Vincent’s House: Ellie and Rory

St Francis’ House: Jessica and Deji

St Bernadette’s House: Harvey and Madeline

St Louise’s House: Maisy and Meghan.

There is no Home Learning this week, but the children have all chosen new books this afternoon which I am expecting them to spend time reading over the weekend. On Monday, they will receive their Reading Records with this half term’s reading target in.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Donatantonio


Year 6 – 20/07/17

Firstly, parents, I must say a huge thank you for your generosity today. I am extremely grateful, not only for the gifts I received, but for your support and involvement over the past year.

Children, after you had all gone, I was given the big card you made for me at some point without me knowing! I shed a tear or two when I read it – thank you for your beautiful words.

So, to sum up their final week at Pope Paul:

We were treated to the final Year 5 & 6 music concert of the year on Monday. Well done to all those who performed; you sang and played beautifully.

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We had a beautiful Leavers’ Mass on Monday evening, in which you all participated wonderfully. Click here to view the ‘Memories’ powerpoint from the mass.

The children had a lovely time with their reception reading partners, exchanging presents and playing with them for the last time.

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They enjoyed a pizza party lunch out in the Peace Garden.

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As a school, we said farewell to Fr Tim.

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They had their shirts signed by the rest of the school.

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And they crushed Ms Sowden.


On an unrelated note, yesterday I received the sound files for the poems/raps the children made up and performed on the Act 4 Moving On day.  Enjoy!

Zip file for recordings – please click

I wish you all a fantastic summer and I wish the children the best of luck in September. Thanks for a great year!

Miss Donatantonio


Year 6 – 15/07/17

What a busy week it has been! Along with the rest of the school, the children participated wonderfully in Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Mass with the Carnival. Well done to all of you for using you talents to make it such a joyous occasion.

Many of you were out on Thursday at your new schools – it’s great to hear how excited you all are for September.

On Friday, we all came dressed 1960s-style! The children spent the morning finding out about an iconic event from that decade: the 1969 moon landing. They learnt about the conspiracy theory surrounding the event, and after weighing up different pieces of evidence to suggest if it was real or a hoax, they cast their final votes. It seems we are a cynical bunch!

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Leavers Mass Monday 17th July OLSV

To prepare for your leavers mass, here are the song links below:

Communion Hymn: ‘Christ in Us’   [please click on the links below]

Actions to learn for this song

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Kingswood Day 5

Wow! Time really flies when you’re having fun!

Time for our last activities: Zip-wire and orienteering!

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Kingswood Day 4

For breakfast this morning the children devoured toast, bacon, scrambled egg, grilled tomatoes and cereal. Sufficiently refuelled they headed out for their morning activities: fencing, fire lighting and team games!











Time for fencing! Foils at the ready….. En Garde!





















Fires lit… now it’s time to toast our marshmallows! Don’t burn them! Mmm delicious.









Now for a spot of team games on the field.

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Time for lunch! The children enjoyed meatballs, chips, baguettes and salad! Everyone is now ready for an afternoon of go-karting, bouldering and outdoor climbing!








Go-karting was a real hit with the children and they whizzed around the track!

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Helmets on, harnesses fastened, up up and away; it’s time for some dizzy heights as we conquer the outdoor climbing wall!

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The children took part in some team challenges to test their communication and leadership skills. Everyone worked very well together and made light work of the challenges. Go Pope Paul Posse!

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Next it was time for dinner – barbecue chicken, sweet and sour pork with rice or noodles with chocolate brownies for pudding.

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Now for the activity we have all been waiting for…. I’m in the mood for dancing!!!!! The children put their dancing shoes on and made their way to Club Kingswood for an evening of cha cha sliding and gangnam styling!!!!

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