Reception Class Week Beginning 20.9.21

Reception have had another wonderful week in their new class and it’s fair to say that the children are now very settled and confident in their new learning environment!

This week, Reception have been thinking about themselves and how they are all special and unique. As part of this focus, the children all painted a picture of themselves which have been proudly displayed in the Reception classroom. We have some very talented artists in our class it seems!

Reception class took advantage of the beautiful weather at the beginning of the week and really enjoyed playing with the sports equipment and exploring the space on the school field. We are so blessed to have such wonderful school grounds to take advantage of!

Some of the children have also taken part in some gardening this week. Every class in the school has a school flower bed that they have responsibility for. Sadly, the Reception bed is looking a little sorry for itself at the moment. Over the past few weeks, the children from other classes have been bringing in bulbs and bedding plants from home and brightening up their flower beds and we wondered if our children could do the same? Any donation however small would be gratefully received! Thank you!

Today, alongside the rest of the school, the class took part in a special mass to celebrate the start of the new school year and welcome them into the Pope Paul School community. The children were all absolutely fantastic, demonstrating incredible focus and reverence. All the adults in the school were very proud of them!

This afternoon, a very special occasion took place- the children met their Year 6 reading partners. This is a very important tradition at Pope Paul School dating back years and is an important part of the settling in process. The relationship formed and nurtured with their partner during their Reception year is very special and one your child will never forget! Please see the Year 6 blog for photographs.

Thank you to the families who have already sent in a family photo(s). If you haven’t yet, please can you send it in by Tuesday morning, as we will be using them in our RE lesson. Thank you!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team



Year 6 – 24/09/21

Since Day 1 of Year 6, the children have been asking me, “When are we getting our reading partners?!” Well, today was the day. The children spent the afternoon getting to know their Reception partners and reading to them in the dappled sunlight of the Reception outdoor learning area. They were absolutely fantastic with them and I can’t wait to see how their relationships develop over the coming year. Well done, Year 6!

A huge well done also goes to those who read, served and sung so beautifully in this morning’s Mass; you are already proving to be fantastic leaders of Pope Paul School.

Here is this week’s home learning:

Maths Mathletics assignments:

·        Nearest 100?

·        Nearest 1000?

·        Rounding Numbers

Reading Completion of 5 passages on ReadTheory
Spelling To be tested: 01/10/21


















Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss D

24th September, 2021






We have had a very busy week in Year 5.

The children greatly enjoyed going swimming for the first time with the school on Wednesday. They swam with confidence and the instructors were very complimentary about them.  Today, we joined the rest of the school in the main hall for mass to celebrate the start of this academic year and Fr Shaun, spoke about our Year of Growth.

In Maths this week we have been learning about number lines and how to round very large numbers. In English we finished our work on expanding our vocabulary, this has included writing and performing both poems that all the children learnt to recite and other people’s poems in front of the rest of the class.  Photos of the children performing their poems will be uploaded soon…watch this space!

We have also begun our new unit in English which will be based on biographies.  At the end of the unit the children will be creating their own mini biographies.  We talked about the Jurassic Coast in England and the work of a familiar amateur palaeontologist, Mary Anning.

Again, we have been baking and a group of children prepared and baked Garlic Bread which was handed out this afternoon just before home time!

We are preparing our class garden to plant bulbs and autumn-flowering plants. We would be grateful if you would donate some bulbs and plants for the children to plant next week. Please send them into school on Monday.


The homework for this weekend is:

Spellings:  Silent letters (Part II)

thumb, aisle, gnome, kneel, design, knuckle, knew, wrist, climb, know, knowledge, reign.

Mathletics – please log on to see the activities assigned.  Some children have had some of their previous week’s homework reassigned as they found the tasks last week tricky.  Do encourage your child to work on their own and if they have any problems, I am more than happy to support them one lunchtime at school.

Reading: please read for at least 15 minutes each day.  Log onto Read Theory and complete five exercises.

Research: Over the next two weeks, spend time finding out about a famous historical/religious/explorer and write a biography based on what you have found.

Wishing you and your families a lovely weekend.

Mr Holmes


Friday, 24th September 2021

This week in Year 4, the children consolidated their understanding of Place Value in Maths and played a very competitive strategic game using nine sided dice as a finish off to their first unit. In English, they carried on using their inference skills when telling the story of Flotsam, discussing the pictures in the book and posing questions. They also discussed some statements to practice their persuasive skills as a preparation for next week’s big writing task, trying to convince each other about their point of view.

The children absolutely adored David Wiesner’s book, that interestingly has no words, so I strongly recommend his other works as well, which are available on Amazon (used and new copies) as well as on Youtube. Please see the link below for his work titled ‘Tuesday’. (please be aware of the pop up advertisements in the side bars) I think the children would enjoy watching it, if they have time. (It is not part of their home learning and therefore it is not compulsory)

In Science, the children learnt about the different types of teeth and their functions, whilst in Geography, they looked at Brasilia, the fastest growing city in Brazil. This week, the children also enjoyed their first hymn practice as well as their first whole school Mass today. In art, they created still lifes using pencils, thinking about shades and tones, whilst in RE they looked at Human Experience as the third source of Revelation.

Thank you for those of you who sent in plants to go into our class garden which looks lovely already, however more plants would be greatly appreciated as we have lot of space left.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see below your Home Learning:

Home Learning Due by Tuesday, 28th September 2021
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and practice this week’s spelling words before testing yourself on them.

You don’t need registration to access these activities.

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities.

Please also update your reading logs with details about your current reading books. Be prepared to show your logs on Tuesday, next week.

Multiplication Please log onto hit the button and spend 10-15 minutes practicing your mixed tables.

Study Ladder Please log onto Study Ladder and access the ‘pod’ assigned.

In your pod, you will find 2 multiplication activities and one place value activity, regrouping 4 digit numbers.

Week 4

This morning we had our first whole school mass. Year 3 sang and responded beautifully.

In Maths, we have been representing 3 digit numbers using equipment, drawing pictures and written representations.

In English, we have continued learning about fables. The children have been acting out the fable War and Peas and writing what thoughts the characters might have. Then the children wrote a news report to tell people about the big fight and performed it to the class.

In Geography, we have been looking at maps and describing the climates in different countries.

In PE, the children have been developing their running and jumping skills.

Home Learning

Please complete by Wednesday

In Science the children have been learning about the nutrients that humans need to keep them healthy.

Please draw a healthy meal with the correct amount of nutrients using the picture attached on the sheet given.

Spellings – doesn’t, can’t, won’t, don’t, isn’t, I’ve, I’d, I’ll, she’ll, it’s, he’s, there’s

Studyladder activities.

We would still like some more plants for our class garden please.

Next Friday is school photo day. Children to wear school uniform, not their PE kit.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey


Year 2, Week 3

We have been very busy creating story maps and starting our space stories this week. The children have used adjectives and conjunctions in their writing and next week, they will be editing and publishing their stories.

In Maths, we have been regrouping numbers to 20, using whole part models and tens frames.

We have identified different habitats as part of our Science topic and next week we will be identifying and naming a variety of plants and animals in their habitats. We have also enjoyed playing on the outdoor equipment this week.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Pringle

Home learning














Please log onto letterjoin and practice writing the letters k, f and j.

I have also set three study ladder activities. Two of which are based on sounds we are focusing on in class next week and one is a reading comprehension, please support your child with this activity.


Please hear your child read and sign their records.


Year 1 week 3 w.b. 18.09.2021

Week 3 w/b 20.09.2021

Today and this weekend is very special for all at Pope Paul and the Parish as we share in celebrations for the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. Fr Shaun celebrated our Welcome mass today and the children joined in and sang beautifully- well done.

We have had a fantastic week learning through our outside and natural environment and enjoying what God has gifted us. The trees proved to be the perfect texture for rubbings to create our tree trunk to our autumn display wall.


We were designing another tree this week- a birthday tree! We decorated leaves and added our names and birthdays to the display as we celebrate growing together in our Year of Growth.

Our role play represents our learning in Science as we have converted it into a doctor’s surgery so we have opportunities to develop our knowledge of the human body and how to care for it. We have created eye charts and even an X-ray machine!

Our big question in Science this week-

‘Does the tallest person have the largest feet?’ We worked well in partners to explore this question and structured our answers using scientific vocabulary as we learnt about predictions and then recording results.

We had a go at making playdough this week so we can use it to create shapes in maths but it didn’t end up lasting. If anyone wants to give it a go at home and has a successful playdough recipe, then please feel free to share! Luckily Ms Gymer came to our rescue with a ‘here’s one I made earlier!’ Phew!

Thank you for your generous contributions to our class garden. It took lots of energy and muscles to weed the garden and the next day we planted our new winter bedding plants.

We started work on our Fairy Garden area which is now waiting on a few stones for a path and some furniture. Hopefully the fairies will visit soon!

Home learning

  • To enjoy the natural environment and notice how it is changing as we begin our autumn season. Can you collect autumn objects from your environment for our nature table? Perhaps you would like to create a piece of art based on autumn and bring it to show us and hang on our new display tree.
  • A number formation sheet was sent home with your child today to see which digits they are forming. Please encourage one digit per square and this is how they will be writing it in their books.
  • We have now read a new book with every child in class and they will be coming home today with their books. We will aim to change books on your child’s reading day but there may be times where we could be running a day ahead or behind due to potential changes in the school day so please ensure the book is in your child’s bag every day so we can get ahead or catch up when needed.

*Photos next Friday so please wear the correct full school uniform.*

Have a restful weekend,

Miss Lambie



17th September, 2021

This week has been another busy one!

Everyone in the class has clearly worked hard on learning and reciting a short poem which was set as part of their home learning last weekend.  Well done to all those children who wrote their own poems as well.  The children enjoyed listening to one another and for those who spoke in  front of their peers, they spoke with confidence and fluently.

In Maths, the children have continued to work on place value, exploring the value of each digit in large, six-digit numbers, and what happens when they add or subtract numbers to the power of ten. Another element to this has been in building upon their understanding of using number lines to show each number in proportion to the line and other numbers with different values.

In preparation for their art work on Portraits, the children built up a sketch of an eye and a nose following a step by step plan. This also helped them to work on their hand/eye coordination.  In Science, the children have begun their topic on animals including humans and have begun to examine the changes as humans develop from birth to old age.

Continuing on the theme of baking, the children picked fruit from the apple and pear trees in the front of the school and peeled and cooked a very tasty apple and pear crumble which was sampled by them in class yesterday afternoon!  Thank you to Mrs Hilton who assisted them in the baking.

Home Learning:

Spellings: silent letters

doubt, island, lamb, solemn, thistle, knight, knickers, numb, autumn, whistle, debt, isle

Maths Home Learning this week has been set on Mathletics and Study Ladder.  If the children have any problems, please speak to me on Monday at school.

English: Using their Read Theory accounts, please log on and complete five comprehension activities. Your child’s read theory details have been sent home with them this evening.

Read your reading book for at least 15 minutes each day.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mr Holmes








Reception Class Week Beginning 13.9.21

Welcome to Reception Class!

It has been wonderful getting to know our  new children and families this week. We welcome:

Josie, Isabelle, Abigail, Lorena, Camden, Cian, Gabriel, Arbi, Daniella, Andriana, Sophia, Brooke, Ava, Rocco, Ella, Aurora, Emily, Ruben, Rebecca, Kuzey and Amelie.

The children have had a fantastic first full week! We cannot believe how quickly they have settled into our Pope Paul community; it feels as if they have always been with us! They have already shown signs of being fantastic learners too, demonstrating wonderful listening, attention and response during whole class carpet sessions!

The class have been very busy getting to know each other and have enjoyed exploring the indoor and outdoor learning environments together. Today Reception went a little further and visited the International Garden and then the Peace Garden, where they had a special story time.

Next week, we will be thinking about our families. Please send in a single photo of your family in an envelope. This will be displayed in the classroom and used during our RE lesson the following week. Thank you!

Sadly we are unable to upload photos of the children to the blog until all of the children’s data and parental permissions have been sent into the school office. If you haven’t done this yet, please send in your form as soon as possible, in order for us to include photos in next week’s blog. Thank you.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

The Early Years Team

Year 1 Week 2 w/b 13.09.2021

Week 2 w/b 13.09.2021

Welcome to our learning round up of week two!

Our class worship sessions this week have centred around ‘The Year of Growth’ where we wrote our own message on how we will grow closer to God in faith and added them to our new tree display.


In Science we enjoyed learning about our body parts, drawing, naming and identifying their purpose. We found some ticklish  children as we drew around them!



We then used different materials and resources to build models of bodies and body parts.


In maths we learnt how squares can be rotated and still remain squares through the Nrich game ‘Seeing Squares for Two.’ I have attached the link below so the children can teach you how to play it. Be careful as we found it rather addictive once we got the hang of it!

Our second football lesson with coach Joe on Wednesday was just as great as the first and he finished by teaching us a new game called Bulldog. We learnt four warm up games in P.E. on Thursday and are going to take turns in voting which ones to play next lesson. All the games needed concentration, balance and control. Check out our solo and partner balances!



Home learning

  • Please continue to use the online eBook service via Collins that you used in Reception. Children logins are the same as last year and can be found on each child’s Google Classroom if you are unsure. We have finished the phonic assessments and next week we will be selecting individual reading books to send home. Reading books should match your child’s reading ability. The books being sent home are books that have been read in class so the child should be consolidating their sounds and developing their fluency further at home.  Please use the reading diary to comment on any challenging words or comprehension of the texts.
  • We have been securing our knowledge of the alphabet and our letter formation. Please check your child’s bag for their current sheet with their recordings on. Please continue to work on learning the alphabet and the correct letter formation on the reverse side. We have been using these websites  and this song  to support our learning this week.

Thank you to those parents who attended the Year 1 Meet the Teacher meeting on Thursday. For those unable to attend, the presentation is on the Year 1 website page and the handouts are in your child’s bag.

Thank you to all those that have donated bedding plants so far. If anyone has spare compost or top soil, it would be greatly appreciated as we turned the soil ready to plant next week and it needs a bit of a top up.

Enjoy the weekend and see you on Monday,

Miss Lambie