Year 6 – 19/12/17

Firstly, thank you very much for the generous Christmas gifts; I am extremely grateful.

I haven’t blogged for a few weeks, so this post will be a round-up of the last few weeks of a very busy half term!

Year 6 had the privilege of watching the dress rehearsal of Reception’s Nativity play. They also helped their reading partners get changed into and out of their costumes, which they did ever so slickly!

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At the closure of our 50 Years of Pope Paul celebrations, Bishop John Wilson came into our class to answer questions. It was fascinating to hear how he had met Mother Teresa of Calcutta, his favourite saint.

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To coincide with our Science topic on the human body, we welcomed Mr Dalal into our classroom to hear about his work as an osteopath. He talked to us specifically about our vertebrae and explained the importance of good posture. We were intrigued to learn that you slightly shrink over the course of the day due to impact and gravity ‘squashing’ the water from the discs, which then re-hydrate and ‘pad out’ again when we’re lying horizontally at night. Unsurprisingly, we put this to the test and were excited to see that the majority of us were indeed a bit taller in the morning!

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In Science, we have also been investigating our pulse. In groups, the children came up with their own lines of enquiry about what might affect heart rate, and then designed their own investigations. Examples of questions included:

  • Do nerves have an effect on pulse? (this involved Jan performing Man’s Not Hot to a small group and then to the whole class!)
  • Does drinking water affect pulse?
  • Do long, slow movements or short, quick movements cause our heart to beat faster?

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As the countdown to Christmas continued, Year 6 exchanged Christmas presents with their Reception reading partners.

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Everyone enjoyed the Christmas Dinner, with many going back for seconds!

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Christmas Dinner was followed by in-house entertainment in the form of Pope Paul’s Got Talent.

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Finally, to top off a fantastic week of festivities, the Year 6s accompanied their reading partners to The Wyllyotts to watch Cinderella along with the rest of the school.

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It’s been a wonderful term in which the children have pushed themselves with their learning and have excelled in being the leaders of the school. Needless to say, they all thoroughly deserve a rest this Christmas (although I am keeping regular checks on who’s been on!).

Merry Christmas, and I will see you all in the New Year!

Miss Donatantonio

Week 14 and Week 15

Although we have had snow, frost and rain over the last few weeks,  the children have approached their work with eagerness and focus!  Well done.

Using the snow as a stimulus, the children were set a task.  At the beginning of the week, after our day off school, I asked  the class to think about whether putting a coat on a snowman would make the snowman melt more slowly or more quickly.  Most children were all very sure that the snowman would melt more quickly with his coat on.  Coats are lovely and warm, and usually heat melts the snow.  Most of the class thought the same thing.  We created a snowman alongside another created by the children in Year 3.  Year 3 dressed their snowman whilst we left our snowman as he was.   After leaving the snowmen for a day, we could see that coats are good insulators and will keep us nice and warm when it is cold outside, but if  a coat is put on a snowman, the coat will stop the warmer air getting at the snowman.  So having a coat would actually keep the snowman colder for longer, and so he would be slower to melt! Try it for yourself if the snow appears again over the holidays!

The children have produced wonderful presentations on Christmas customs and we listened to some of them.  I am planning to allocate more time for the rest of the class to present theirs at the start of the new term.  The pantomime of Cinderella  last Friday was enjoyed and loved by all (Oh yes it was!) – thank you to those of you who came and assisted us.

Have a wonderful Christmas and every blessing for the New Year.

Thank you again for the generous gifts that you have given to myself, Miss Varga, Mrs Moccia and Mrs Vieyra.

See you On Thursday 4th January!



Mrs McNamara

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Building our snowman


Also, we watched the Guitar Concert on Monday and saw how the children who play the guitar have developed their talents over this term.

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Week 15 Blog

Thank you parents and carers for all your support this term. We look forward to seeing you when we return in January.

We wish you all a joyful and peaceful Christmas.

Ms Chandler and Mrs Hilton

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Christmas Lunch and Pope Paul’s Got Talent!


What a wonderful day we had on Thursday! Our Christmas lunch was delicious! Thank you to Hollie and the Herts Catering Team for a fabulous meal. The children enjoyed being served by their teachers and LSAs and then sharing the meal with them. Thank you to FOPPS for providing the Christmas Crackers!

After lunch we were treated to a fabulous Pope Paul’s Got Talent Show. Well done to all the performers and congratulations to Oliver in Year 1 and Sophie in Year 5 who were our overall winners. Please have a look at our class blogs to see many more photos.



Year 2 Blog Week 14

Children of the World

It has been a joyous week in school. We started off the week with our KS 1 Christmas Nativity. Year 2 along with Year 1, acted, sang and danced brilliantly and they should all be very proud of themselves. Thank you to everyone for attending and for your generous donations to The Passage.










On Thursday, we put our Christmas jumpers on and we sat down together for a delicious Christmas meal. After lunch, we gathered in the hall for our annual school talent show. Pope Paul definitely has talent and an extra big cheer came up from Year 2 for Nichola and Charlotte for coming second in the competition!
















Year 2 were treated to a wonderful concert on Friday morning. Well done to everyone for taking part and sharing their musical talents. A very special well done to Alice, Sandro and William G.









To end the week, we attended the Cinderella Pantomime in the Wyllyots theatre – Oh no we didn’t! OH YES WE DID!









Year 6 – 15/12/17

Blog post will follow, but for now, here is the online Home Learning for this week (due to having no bags on Friday):

English :

·         Noun phrases (A)

·         Relative clauses

·         Synonyms and antonyms (A) – please spend a minimum of 30 minutes on this.


Times tables

Continue to revise all times tables.
Reading ·         Daily reading and write-up in reading record.

·         Parent Signature required (at least once a week please).

Week 14 Reception

What a fun packed week!

On Tuesday, we returned to a very snowy school. We decided to have some hands-on fun, exploring what happened when we mixed dry powder paint with the snow, squirting food colouring onto the snow and using cutters to make ice shapes. We also watched what happened when salt was added to ice, and we couldn’t believe the loud, cracking noises that came from it!

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Also on Tuesday, we watched the KS1 Nativity- we thought it was brilliant!

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Yesterday, we had our delicious Christmas dinner. This was followed by the Pope Paul’s Got Talent show. We were very proud of the two dance groups from Reception, who performed with so much confidence!

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This afternoon, Reception thoroughly enjoyed the pantomime. The children were all very engaged and had lots of fun singing along and interacting with the performers.

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Have a great weekend,

The Reception Team

Week 14

It has been a very busy Christmas week starting with an unexpected snow day! On Tuesday the children had the opportunity to explore the snow and find out about why we put salt on the roads and pavements. On Wednesday they took part in the KS1 nativity play. They all sang beautifully – Well done to all the children in Year 1 and Year 2! A big thank you to Miss Davey for organising the show. On Thursday they had their Christmas lunch and this was followed by the annual, ‘Pope Paul’s got talent’ show. Well done to Oliver in Year 1 for his wonderful singing and sharing first prize with Sophie in Year 5.

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Week 14

This week in year 5, we have been thoroughly entertained! We watched the KS1 Christmas show, Pope Paul’s Got Talent and we will be heading off to the pantomime tomorrow afternoon. We had a wide range of amazing talent to pick from to represent year 5 in the school show. Well done to Thomas and Sophie, who were voted to take part by the rest of year 5. They both did us proud, with Sophie coming in joint 1st place for fantastic magic- I thoroughly enjoyed my time as her assistant!



On Tuesday, we returned to school and were excited to get outside and have fun in the snow. We used the opportunity to plan an investigation about the best conditions for building a snowman.

We also created Haiku’s- a Japanese form of poetry dedicated to nature and seasons. The children followed the syllable rules well to capture the scene.

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This week, we became theme park developers and used our knowledge of forces to create new rides.  We thought about friction and weight distribution. Based on our investigations, we made recommendations and considered how to make improvements.

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We have continued to evaluate instructions this week. Today, we made magnetic putty and tomorrow we will use all we have learnt so far to write a set of instructions on how to make it. The children loved playing with the putty and watching the force of magnetism at work. They are very keen to take it home! They will be able to do so on Monday after school. The putty does require strong neodymium magnets to work and if you would prefer your child to keep it at school, please do let me know.


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Christmas Lunch

Today, we had an amazing Christmas lunch together. The food was fantastic and it was great to spend this time with the children. I offered Dojos for eating all of their vegetables and many rose to the challenge!


Have a fantastic weekend


Mrs Lines

Home Learning 13/12/17

As we will be at the Pantomine on Friday, Home Learning has been given today.


Book 4- Mental Multiplying and Dividing- pg 23

Book 5- Mental Multiplying and Dividing- pg 23


















Children will be tested on these on Tuesday.