Pre Season at Pope Paul

Netball at Mount Grace.

On Wednesday our A team travelled to Mount Grace School for an inter schools netball tournament. We played 5 matches, winning 5 and narrowly losing 1. With 23 nets scored and finishing 1st in our pool the season ahead looks bright. Thank you to the parents and Miss Donatantion for your side line support. Well done to Ellie who was awarded player of the tournament.

Squad picture to follow.

Football at Mount Grace

On Saturday our A team played in an inter schools tournament at Mount Grace where we finished 2nd in our pool, reaching the semi final against Wroxham A. We played brilliantly and had many chances but unfortunately lost in the dying seconds, finishing 3rd over all. Thank you once again parents for your support and well done boys, fantastic sportsmanship and teamwork. I can’t wait for the season to begin. Well done to Rory who was player of the tournament.

Miss Pringle


Year 2 Blog Week 4

It has been another fun-filled week of learning in Year 2. In Religion this week we have been learning about the Sacrament of Baptism. The children stepped out of the classroom and walked down to OLSV church to see Fr. Shaun and learn more about this special Sacrament.









We also continued work on our topic – The Great Fire of London.

The year was 1666,
Late one September night,
The baker’s shop in Pudding Lane
Glowed with an orange light.

Inspired by some poems and songs about the Great Fire of London the children created some wonderful paintings and used silhouettes to great effect. Watch this space for our finished display!




The children also enjoyed a very special drama workshop with the Perform Drama company. Everyone got into character and journeyed under the deep blue sea. There were plenty of surprised starfish and a few hungry sharks swimming about. It was a lot of fun!











Maths Question of week!

My number has 5 tens.

The ones digit is less than the tens digit.

What could my number be?


Year 6 – 29/09/17

It has been a particularly special week for the children of Pope Paul, as we celebrated the feast day of one of our school saints: Saint Vincent de Paul. Well done to all those in Year 6 who took part in Wednesday evening’s mass; you set a wonderful example to all.

On Tuesday, Year 6 visited Potters Bar Museum to hear about our town during the Second World War. It was fascinating to hear 88-year-old Terry’s memoirs as a child during the war, especially those about when he would look for shrapnel and unexploded incendiary bombs after an air raid. We were all surprised to hear that they only had to go to school for about 2 hours a day because of the lack of teachers, and the children especially enjoyed passing around the empty shells and trying on tin helmets worn by the Home Guard.

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The children showed great teamwork this week in Science by investigating the effect the number of batteries has on the brightness of a lamp.

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Our Fairtrade Leaders represented the school on Friday morning by going down to the church to assist with the Macmillan Coffee morning that was taking place there. Well done!

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In other news, look how well our Dig For Victory seedlings are growing, 2 weeks after sowing!


Here are some final photos of Year 6’s time with their Reception reading partners this week:

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This week’s Home Learning letter is here.

Next week, we have our trip to Bletchley Park! Until then, enjoy your weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

Week 4 in Reception Class

What another busy week- it has flown by!

On Monday, we began our phonics learning. Thank you for supporting your child at home with this- I know it can sometimes be a battle to get the children to practise their letter formation and sounding out, but the extra time spent at home really reinforces the new learning and pays off in the long term.

On Tuesday we had our ‘Welcome Mass’. The children were extremely well behaved and very excited to receive their own prayer books, blessed by Father Shaun.

On Thursday, the class took part in a drama workshop and they absolutely loved it. They were taken on an underwater adventure, in search of a missing pearl, and met lots of sea creatures along the way!

Lots of our learning this week focussed on turning the shed into a supermarket, and the new mud kitchen into ‘The Mud Kitchen Café’. The children enjoyed writing menus and posters, labelling, pricing and making shopping items, creating food and of course, serving customers.

Next week, we are going to be thinking about when we were babies. Please can you provide your child with a baby photograph of themselves, that we can display in class? They will be returned to you in due course. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

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Week 4: 29th September

Another busy week has flown by!

We celebrated Mass with Fr Shaun on Tuesday and the children read the bidding prayers so reverently.  Well done to Samuel, Jude, Mikey, Sofia and Elysia.  On Wednesday evening, many of the children came to celebrate Mass for St Vincent’s de Paul’s Feast Day.  In class, we learnt about St Vincent and the importance of  Matthew 25:35 in his work of charity….’I was hungry and you gave me food.  I was thirsty and you gave me drink.  I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’

The children worked collaboratively and they wrote their own class prayer for our class reflection today:

Dear God our loving Father,

Help us to care for the strangers among us especially those who have special needs.  Please help them in their journey in life.  We want them to come in as our door is always open.


Today, we had our class assembly and the children taught the rest of the school the importance of healthy eating in word and song. I was very proud of them as they spoke well and sang beautifully! Thank you to all the parents and friends who came to see them this morning and for assisting them to learn the songs during the week.

The children have come home this afternoon with a homework bag which contains:

  1.  A purple home learning exercise book (this is to be used for any English homework).
  2. A yellow home learning Maths book.
  3. A Year 4 Maths Workout Book (this is not to be written in).
  4. A green spelling log book (children are to practise their weekly spellings in this book using the Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check method).

Click here for the home learning sheet  The children have stuck their home learning sheet into their purple books.

There will be homework club during Monday lunchtime.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs McNamara


We’re bananas about bananas!

Our Class Assembly

Our Class Assembly

We LOVE grapes!                                  We LOVE tomatoes!

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The Stone Age

We have had a wonderful time finding out about the Stone Age in Y3 this week. Thank you to those who were able to come and celebrate our learning in class on Friday, the children were very excited to welcome you into our classroom. I have attached a PowerPoint of our learning to show you what we have been up to.

Have a lovely weekend,

Week 4


This week, we have continued to work on our persuasive techniques in English and have been adding and subtracting powers of 10 in maths. We have also looked at the symbols, actions and words used in the sacraments of initiation and discussed their meanings.

On Tuesday, we went outside to learn more about our school environment. The children learnt how to take leaf samples and then identified the leaves we had collected. We also had a look at some similarities and differences in the shape, look and feel of the leaves. The children made some fantastic observations and can now name many of the trees.

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Today, we spoke about what the moon looked like in the sky and why it seems to change shape. We each created mini moons and coloured half of a ball black to represent the dark side. We then went outside and mimicked the moons orbit of the earth. This allowed the children to see why the moon looked different in the sky.

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Home Learning


Book 4

 ‘Ordering and Comparing Numbers’ Pgs 10 and 11.

‘Roman Numerals’ Pg 15

Book 5

‘Ordering and Comparing Big Numbers’ Pg 8

‘Roman Numerals’ Pg 11



SPAG.COM, Reading comprehension and spellings. 




Week 4 blog

Year 1 had a very busy week. On Tuesday, they took part in a special mass at the school to mark the start of the new school year – welcoming the reception and new children across the year groups into the school. Later that afternoon, they made an old fashioned toy ‘cup and cone’ made out of paper a piece of string and a conker. On Wednesday, they visited OLSV to learn about Baptism. Father Shaun talked Year 1 and Year 2 children through the ceremony and discussed the meaning of the objects and symbols. The children sat beautifully throughout and listened attentively. On Thursday, KS1 were very lucky to take part in a ‘Perform Drama’ session called ‘Under the Sea’ in which they pretended to be sea creatures whilst trying to avoid the sharks. The children thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this.



This week we have been focussing on the theme ‘My Family’, and have enjoyed taking inspiration from the book ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson.

The children had fun creating their own stick man, from a range of natural materials found while exploring the school grounds. They also used sticks and other natural objects to construct, mark make and create collage pictures.

During circle time, we talked and afterwards wrote about other things a stick could be used for. Some of the fabulous ideas that the children came up with included: hairbrush, microphone, paddle, make-up brush, back scratcher, pointer, drum stick and bat.

The highlight of the week was receiving our brand new fantastic mud kitchen made by Hanna’s family.

We finished the week off by spending time in the glorious sunshine, reading books with our Year 6 Reading Partners.

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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