26th October

This week Year 4 have been focusing on the USA.

We’ve learnt about the native Americans, the physical features of the country, made our own dream catchers, totem poles, american muffins, experienced line dancing, designed our own american 100 dollar bill  and in RE researched the life of  St Kateri who was made a saint in 2012.

This afternoon the children did PE with coach Dugan and worked in teams using the ball skills that they have been developing.

It was lovely to see so many parents from Year 4 this morning at our Harvest Assembly and in class afterwards allowing the children to share their  work with you.

We would like to invite you into the classroom on Tuesday 6th November when the children would like to perform to you some of the tunes that they have been learning on the recorder.


Have a wonderful half-term!

Mrs McNamara and Ms Varga.

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Week 8

A lovely week to end the first half term! The children have worked really hard this half term and have done lots of fantastic learning.

We have been learning about Peru in One World Week. The children enjoyed learning lots of facts about Peru and wrote fantastic fact files. Thank you for all the lovely projects on Peru that you did at home.




The week started with a special parcel being delivered to Year 1. We were very surprised and excited to be sent a Paddington Bear from Peru to look after. The children were keen to impress Paddington! Paddington will go home with someone every weekend and we look forward to reading about his adventures.

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The children were chefs and made Alfajores de Maicena (Peruvian biscuits.) I hope you all enjoyed eating them!


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Michael, the seminarian is from Peru. He came into talk to the children and they had lots of wonderful questions to ask him. They enjoyed looking at all of the things he had from Peru.

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Thank you to all of the parents who made it to our celebration morning. It was great to have you in the class and we hope you had a lovely time! The children enjoyed showing you a traditional Peruvian dance that they have learnt. We have some great movers in the class!

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Have a wonderful holiday!

Mrs Carey




One World Week

It has been a remarkably busy week to end a jam packed half term. With all we’ve done, it’s hard to believe it was only 8 weeks ago we started this new school year.

This week we celebrated One World Week by learning about Brazil. The children brought in a range of impressive home learning to show what the found out from their research. We focused heavily on the geography of the country and made interesting comparisons to our ongoing geography location, Scandinavia. Year 5 not only identified how they were physically different but also compared their human geography.

In addition, Year 5 looked at deforestation; an important issue facing the Amazon. The children were able to identify the effects of human actions on this landscape. One way we did this, was through an experiment involving examples of land with vegetation, and one without. By pouring on water to simulate rain, it was possible to see the land erosion and the contamination of the water that exists when man removed all vegetation.

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In art, year 5 created  pictures of the famous Rio landmark, Christ the redeemer. These were created through mixed medium. The background used water colours whilst the statue itself was drawing with different shading pencils. I’m sure those of you who saw them at the celebration morning today will agree that they are amazing.

For a sweet treat, brigadeiros were on the menu this week as the children made the common and popular children’s confectionery from Brazil. There were a lot of chocolate smeared faces walking out of the door on Thursday!

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As we are a fair trade school, we explored it’s impact in Brazil. We learnt about coffee farmers and the safety being a fair trade farmer provided. The children were quite stunned to hear how much the farmers earned.

A real highlight of the week was welcoming parents into class. Firstly, for our mass on Wednesday. The children were reverent throughout and reflected beautifully on how we treat our planet. Thank you to father Shaun for leading us in celebrating and reflecting on this important issue. We would also like to thank Michael, our seminarian. He put in a lot of time to make sure the mass and children were prepared. We are very lucky to have him as part of our school and parish community.

Finally, celebration morning. It was great to see the children share their learning with you and take you on in a Brazil themed quiz. We had some very proud looking year 5s as they discovered they were victorious and we were quite surprised at how many parents I could see cheating!

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The children have worked incredibly hard this half term and deserve their well-earned rest, There is no home learning over the break.


Have a wonderful half term


Mrs Lines and Miss Clapp

One World Week- Reception


As part of One World Week, Reception have been learning about Italy.


The children began the week by finding Italy on a globe, map and Google Earth- everyone thought that it looked just like a boot! They then found Rome and talked about how the postcard on our prayer table, recently written by the teachers, had travelled all the way from The Vatican City to Potters Bar.


The children then worked very hard transforming the home corner into an Italian restaurant. They designed posters and signs to advertise the restaurant, wrote menus and made food to go inside. When it was ready, they had lots of fun pretending to be chefs, waiters, customers and greeters!

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On Tuesday, Reception class made individual pizzas.

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On Thursday, they made fresh lemonade and it was delicious!

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Over the week, the children have been bringing in their brilliant Italian themed home learning. Thank you for supporting your child this week.

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This morning, the class celebrated the Harvest Festival with the rest of the school. This was followed by the Celebration Morning, where the children shared their most recent learning and received their very special prayer books from Mrs Heymoz. Thank you to all the family and friends who were able to join us today.

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We wish you all a restful half term break.

The Reception Team



Year 2 Blog Week 7

Year 6 – One World Week 2018

Our final week of the half term has been full of creative learning. For One World Week, Year 6 has been studying Poland. We kicked off the week by looking at the physical and human characteristics of the country, and since then have cooked Placki ziemniaczane (Polish potato pancakes), danced the Krakowiak, performed Holocaust poetry, written our own Holocaust poems, created Wycinanki (Polish paper cutting folk art) and studied a piece of music by Polish composer Chopin. They have produced beautiful learning which they are extremely proud of. We were also very lucky because Sara brought in some beautiful traditional Polish clothes and told us about the designs and when she wears them. Thank you Sara!IMG_0125
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This week’s home learning (due Tuesday 6th November) is as follows:

English spag.com:

·         Linking ideas & cohesion (A)

·         Linking ideas & cohesion (B)

·         Synonyms & antonyms (A)

Spellings Choose 16 words from this half term (see full list below) that are still not securely in your long-term memory. Write spelling sentences for them and practise learning them over half term.

Times tables

Questions to be completed in the yellow Home Learning book:

·         CGP Year 6 book pp. 12 and 13

·         CGP Year 5 book pp. 14 and 15

Continue to revise all times tables.

Reading Daily reading, with parent signature once a week.
although believe especially frequently
caught century immediately sincerely
certain different accidentally actually
difficult disappear occasionally probably
enough favourite therefore though
important knowledge thought thorough
occasion peculiar through rhyme
remember separate rhythm temperature
impossible terrible exercise experience
horrible visible experiment extreme
audible sensible length weight
flexible gullible height strength
enjoyable comfortable straight eight
reasonable unacceptable eighth forwards
dependable desirable increase position
inevitable reliable quarter various
conscience conscious profession programme
controversy convenience pronunciation recognise
exaggerate excellent recommend restaurant
existence explanation yacht nuisance

Here are the hymns to practise for our class mass on the second day back after half term:

Have a brilliant half term and thank you for a fantastic beginning to the year.

Miss Donatantonio

Week 7

What a wonderful week we have had!

We have been reading the book Voices in the Park By Anthony Browne. The children enjoyed writing about what they liked to do at the park. Then we took part in different activities in the playground and the children wrote a recount about what they did.

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In Maths we have been adding and subtracting, showing how we solved the problems with pictorial representations.

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On Friday we had a lovely assembly to learn about the special canonization Mass in Rome. We had extra play with orange juice and Fairtrade treats. Our day was full of arts and crafts, making flags for our celebration. The day ended with beautiful doves being released in the playground. It was so lovely to see the smiles on the children’s faces!

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Home Learning: One World Week project on Peru.


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Carey


Year 2 Blog Week 6

This week we welcomed Mr Cowan to Year 2. Mr Cowan is a trainee teacher from St. Mary’s University. He will be teaching and learning with us for the next term. We hope he is very happy with us in Year 2 and we wish him a successful teaching practice placement.

The children have been working hard during their reading sessions and they have been concentrating on answering inference questions. This month we are enjoying the stories of the award winning writer – Sir Michael Morpurgo. So far we have read Fox Friend, This Morning I met a Whale and The Black Queen. They have been suspenseful stories and they do not always have a happy ending.166398-ml-1394408

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We ended the week with a wonderful day of celebrations for St. Paul VI. We enjoyed a very special assembly about the staff pilgrimage to Rome and the canonization Mass. Everyone received a beautiful St. Paul VI prayer card to share with family and friends. After extra play and a Fairtrade treat, Year 2 created their own flags of the Vatican City. We gathered on the playground at the end of the day and waved our flags as doves were released. A beautiful moment and a lasting memory.IMG_2692





Home Learning: Spellings Week 6. One World Week project on Kenya.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Davey

Year 6 – 19/10/18

Wow, what a week it’s been! Today has been unforgettable. From a special assembly in the morning and creating Pope Paul VI peace art, to making Vatican flags and culminating in the grand finale of the release of 12 white doves, our memories of celebrating when Pope Paul became St Paul will stay with us forever.

Also this week, we welcomed Mrs Dain, a resident of Potters Bar who lived during WW2. She consolidated our learning of the reasons for the outbreak of the war, and shared stories of her experience. It was captivating to hear her speaking with so much passion and vigour. In science, the children carried out investigations they had planned the previous week looking into what affects brightness in an electrical circuit.

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One World Week Home Learning – due Tuesday 23rd October 2018

Next week is One World Week and, in Year 6, we are going to be studying Poland. We will be doing lots of fun and interesting activities, including creating folk art, cooking Polish food and learning about Poland’s situation in WWII.

For home learning this weekend, you are asked to do a research project on a famous person. Two of the most famous Polish people in history are Nicolaus Copernicus, the astronomer, and Marie Curie, the scientist. Choose one of these people, research their life, then decide how you are going to present what you’ve found out. Your home learning needs to be hand-written and must answer the following questions:

  • What is this person famous for?
  • How has this person influenced our life today?

I will make a display of your learning, so ensure it is visually appealing as well as informative.

I look forward to seeing what you produce!

Pilgrimage To Rome and St Paul VI Celebration Day

Today the school has been filled with excitement and joy as we celebrated the canonization of Pope Paul VI. We started the day with an assembly where everyone was presented with a St Paul VI prayer card. The children then enjoyed an extra break and Fairtrade treat in the sunshine. Following the theme of peace, the children spent the morning creating flags, designs, sketches and mosaics as well as continuing their research on Pope Paul VI. This afternoon we released doves of peace in the playground as a symbol of our continuing mission, following the charism of Pope Paul, to support peace and justice for all. Our pilgrimage to Rome to share in this very special moment was inspiring and uplifting. We felt privileged to be able to represent our school community in this important event. Father Shaun also attended the Mass in St Peter’s Square and we were all invited by Alex (our Seminarian)to visit the English College for Mass and then refreshments, enjoying the view of Rome from the rooftop terrace! Throughout the weekend we remembered our Pope Paul School Community and prayed for the continuing success of our school. We are very fortunate to have a wonderful group of staff who are happy to make a financial and time commitment in support of our community. Thank you ladies!