Friday, 29th April 2022

Although a day shorter, the children in Year 4 had a very busy week.

In Maths they have practiced using formal short multiplication without and with regrouping, whilst in English, after some acting, turned playscripts into narrative using speech punctuation correctly.

In Science, they classified conductors and insulators using simple series circuits, whilst in RE the class interpreted Luke’s second post-Resurrection Gospel and looked for evidence for our beliefs.

In PE, we further consolidated our bawling skills by practicing the over arm throw before incorporating it in some simple cricket games.

In Computing, the children explored simple features of a spreadsheet (Excel) and later added data to their document whilst also carrying out some calculations using ‘autosum’ function.

In Art, the class explored 4 core concepts in painting, such as, tint, shade, tone and primary colours which they then applied in a silhouette picture.

Now that the weather is consistently milder, the class returned to their daily mile exercise and it has been lovely to see their enthusiasm. Well done for Eraldo and Caitlin for winning this week’s ‘daily mile nominations’.

I wish you all a lovely long weekend,

Ms Varga

No Home Learning this week-please read when you can.

Thursday 28th April, 2022

‘A drum, a drum! Macbeth doth come!’

We have focused on Act 1 Scene 3 of Macbeth this week by exploring the setting of the Scottish heath and the interactions between Macbeth, Banquo and the weird sisters. The children have written beautifully descriptive pieces and created artwork using tints and tones to show the landscape and weather . On Tuesday, Year 5 used their best Shakespearean language to act out this scene. Well done, Year 5. Your intonation showed an excellent understanding of the text!

In RE the children met with Dale who chatted to them about the divinity of Christ and they spent time interpreting the story of the resurrection by examining a piece of art by the chinese artist He Qi.  In Maths the children have moved onto learning about conversion in measurement and weight and using the strategies they have worked on, developed their understanding solving worded problems involving conversion.

As part of our focus on wellbeing, the daily mile has started up again and the children have enjoyed taking in part in this.  The children are being encouraged to do this to the best of their ability as we realise that there are a wide variety of health and wellbeing benefits associated with this daily physical activity and an emerging body of evidence supports the positive impact The Daily Mile can have on children’s health.


Wishing you a fabulous bank holiday weekend.  See you on Tuesday.

Polite reminder:  If you have not yet given your consent for the class trip on Wednesday to the Shakespeare Globe, please log onto school comms to complete this.  Thank you!

Home learning

There is no home learning this week. However, children should still prepare for the spelling test on Tuesday on the words given last week.

Summer 1 – Week 2

In Maths, the children have been solving multiplication and division word problems They have been drawing bar models to show how they solved the problems.

In English, the children have been looking at different adventure stories and identifying the features and the most exciting parts of the story. Please encourage your child to read an adventure story at home.

In Religion, we read the Road to Emmaus and Jesus Appeared to the Disciples from Luke’s Gospel and the children reflected on the beliefs that we learn from these stories.

The children planted potatoes and onions in our class gardens. We will observe the changes each week and we look forward to eating them. Thank you to our gardening club children who worked hard weeding and watering our gardens.

In PE the children were using balls to develop dodging, throwing and catching skills.

On Thursday, we went for a walk to see the beautiful rapeseed on the field behind the school with Year 1.

PE Days – Tuesday and Thursday

On Friday 6th May we are going to go to Gobion’s Wood. A letter will be sent out next week. Parents to collect children from the play area next to the car park at 3pm.

Home Learning

Please send the volcanoes in by Tuesday 3rd May – see last week’s blog for details.

Make a hand puppet- Use a sock and decorate it to make a hand puppet. The children will be using this on Wednesday 4th May for our Science lesson.

Spelling Frame – I’ll, couldn’t, hasn’t, haven’t, he’ll, shouldn’t, they’re, wouldn’t, you’ll, you’re, you’ve

Timetable Rockstars

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey

Summer 1 – Week 2

In Maths, we have been solving multiplication and fraction word problems as well as learning to read o’clock, quarter to, quarter past and half past on analogue clocks.

In English, we have identified past and present tenses and practised applying the suffixes ed, er, ing and est.

PE Days – Monday – tennis

Wednesday – swimming.

Home Learning

Mathletics activities have been set.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Pringle

Summer Term Week 1 w.b. 25.04.2022

Summer Term Week 1 w.b. 25.04.2022

Year 1 have had an active week and are ready for their four-day weekend!

On Monday the children enjoyed their first tennis coaching session before their first swimming lesson on Wednesday. I was super impressed about how quickly Year 1 changed and how safely they behaved during their session.

Year 1 are to wear their P.E. kits on Monday and Wednesday now.

They enjoyed an online video call with Alice who is a ‘Doctor’ for crops. Alice showed Year 1 the field where she was looking after bean crops. Year 1 learnt that the beans can take up to six months to fully grow. Alice was kind enough to send us some bean seeds so we can plant them to show her next time. Alice also advised us on how to strengthen our current sunflowers so we can ensure ours is the tallest in the school! Alice suggested re-potting them now they are growing taller, feeding them and supporting them with a stick to stay upright.

That led Year 1 right outside to find a stick they thought would a similar size. When they were back in the classroom they used rulers to measure their stick against the sunflower which was 15cm.

Year 1 and Year 3 came together to explore fields next to the school. They enjoyed seeing and smelling the beautiful yellow rapeseed crops. Year 1 were linking their science learning about plants and Alice’s video call to talk about what the crops needed to grow. Year 1 were able to recall what they had learnt in Geography on their local area and saw that the maps explored in the lesson matched what they observed on their walk. They were surprised to head motorway but mentioned how they can’t hear it in class.

In maths Year 1 have been continuing to learn how to spell and order the days of the week and have moved onto ordering and spelling the months of the year. They will be applying this spelling in their English learning next week. Mathletics has been set to support this.

We have tried to get through the readers and would appreciate if every child has their books in everyday next week so we can catch up with the readers from the days where school is closed.

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Lambie


*Inset Friday 29th April and Bank Holiday 2nd May*

*School closed on Thursday 5th May*

Summer Term Week 1: 22nd April

It’s been a busy first week back.

Welcome back after the Easter Holidays. We hope you all enjoyed your break and did lots of enjoyable things. The Summer term is always a busy term and there was plenty going on in Year 5 this week.  The first day back was a buzz of excitement for many children taking part in the FOPPS Easter Egg Hunt! 

Year 5 began the first of their sessions with the Mini Police this week which is being run through the Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Mini Police scheme.  Anti-social behaviour, road safety, bullying and cyber safety are some of the focus’ the class will cover during the programme. Mini Police is a fun and interactive programme designed for children aged between 9 and 11. It aims to build trust with communities, promote responsible citizenship and help young people establish an interest and understanding in policing and community safety.  We look forward to our next session with Cheryl and Chris.

In RE the children have been looking at explaining how the Resurrection shows the belief in the divinity of Christ and developing their understanding of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus.  Thank you to the families who created their Easter gardens …they look lovely -Mrs Heymoz has visited our classroom to admire them.  Click here to see them.

A number of children have been taking part in Bikeability this week.  The feedback from the children has been really positive as Bikeability cycle training equips them with vital life skills. Pupils not only learn to cycle, they gain independence, social skills and a sense of wellbeing. The instructors have been very complimentary about how the children have been great listeners and attentive during the traning…we are so proud of them!  Click here to see some photos of our keen cyclists!

On Wednesday our Year 5 Maths Challenge team took part in the Final.  The team were Elle, Finn, Hebe and Kian.  Out of over 260 schools, we were one of twenty seven schools in the Final.  The rounds were tricky ones and although we were alert and ready for the challenges set, we did not make it to the top four places.  I want to congratulate the team and thank Elle for standing in for Vihaan who was unable to join us.

We have begun our new English unit on Macbeth, which will be our focus for the this half term. The children have been gripped by this tale of a man consumed by ambition to take the Scottish throne.  If your child was at bikeablity, and missed some our lessons, use the following link to watch the story:

In History, we have started our new topic on Ancient Greece. As an introduction, the children created their own timelines of all the time periods they have studied, so that they could see where the Ancient Greek civilisation fit in with this.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara and Mrs Lines

Home Learning:

Timestable Rockstars – please make sure that you log on each day for 10 minutes to practise your timestables!  Can you beat your personal best?

Spelling: Spellingframe rule 57


History: Create a poster about Ancient Greek Gods and Goddesses. This poster should include:

  • At least 3 gods or goddesses.
  • What they are the god or goddess of.
  • Do they have any special items or powers.
  • Who are their parents and siblings?

The deadline for this is Tuesday 3rd May.


Year 6 – 22/04/22

Happy Easter and welcome back to a new term! Year 6 have worked so hard in their first week back. We have been doing SATs practice in Maths and English, learning about the Resurrection in RE, and running for different distances in PE. This morning, house captains Phoebe and William led an assembly about St Bernadette to celebrate her feast day, which was in the Easter holidays (April 16th). Well done to both of them! Click here to see some of the pictures that were captured of this.

Well done James, Joseph and Phoebe for your beautiful Easter gardens:

Your home learning for this week is:

Maths Mathletics assignment:

·         Calculating Percentages

·         Decimal to Percentage

·         Percentage to Fraction

·         Percentage Word Problems

Times Tables Can you get an average of 3 seconds per times table on ?
Reading Please complete 5 passages on
Spelling Y5 and Y6 Spelling words (Random selection)

Please log on to Spelling Frame to practise a random selection of the Y5 and Y6 Spellings (Spelling Rule 62). Also recognise which spelling rules you find tricky, and find these to practise on Spelling Frame (have a look at all year groups). As you know, anything can come up in the SATs paper.

Have a lovely weekend.

See you Monday.

Miss Donatantonio

Reception Week Beginning 18.4.22

Welcome back!

We hope that you all had a wonderful Easter break. It has been lovely to welcome the children back and hear their news. Well done to the children who made an Easter garden; they were all absolutely beautiful.

This week, the class have been learning about the Resurrection of Jesus. They showed their understanding of the story events through a range of activities such as: building the empty tomb from different materials and using it to retell the story, writing their own versions, drawing pictures about what happened and making masks to show how Mary Magdalene, John, Peter and their friends felt when they discovered that the rock across the tomb had been moved and Jesus was gone.

We have also been focussing lots of our learning around the themes in the book ‘On the Way Home’ by Jill Murphy. This book tells the story about a little girl called Claire who cuts her knee, so she sets off home to tell her mum all about it. On the way home, she meets lots of friends and tells them how the fall happens, describing it differently every time and using her very big imagination.

The class talked about times in the past when they had been hurt. They were reminded that when they hurt themselves, they must always tell an adult, so that they can help them.

The children had lots of fun using their own imagination and creating other ways that Claire might have cut her knee. They also drew maps of their own way home from school, wrote lists about the things they see on their route and even helped to create a hospital role-play area.

On Wednesday, the children walked into the classroom in the morning and discovered an enormous box sitting in the middle of the carpet.

On the side was was a note which simply said, ‘What is in the box?’ This question generated lots of ideas and the children were very keen to write their thoughts down.

The next day, Ms Pemberton decided to open the box. To everyone’s astonishment, they discovered that Mrs Heymoz was in the box!!! She explained that she had been very curious and wanted to know what was inside the box, so she opened the lid, leaned in a little bit too far and fell inside!!!! She had apparently been in there all morning and nobody had heard her! Poor Mrs Heymoz!

This week, we welcomed Alessio into our Reception class. We hope he and his family will be very happy at Pope Paul.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

The  Reception Team

Summer 1 Week 1

Welcome back, I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

In class this week we read Luke’s account of the Resurrection and created pictures with the characters and symbols mentioned. Thank you for the beautiful Easter gardens that the children made over the Easter break.

In English we have been busy editing, while in Guided Reading we have used our inference and retrieval skills to answer comprehension questions.


We have been working hard in maths to learn how to find 1/2 , 1/4, 2/4, 3/4 1/3 and 2/3 of different amounts.

We started outdoor adventure in P.E. where we have to work sensibly and effectively in groups to find clues and solve problems. This week we had to find objects about the outdoor area using picture cards, take selfies on the iPad next to the objects and then exchange our selfies for letters that were used to crack a code!

In Science, we have tested which materials allow light to pass through them and what makes a material suitable for making certain objects.

Have a great weekend

Miss Pringle

Home learning

Spelling – suffix

Comprehension has been set on
Mathletics activities have been set on fractions.

Week 1 Summer 1

Happy Easter! I hope you had a wonderful holiday.

This week the children listened to Luke’s account of the Resurrection and retold it from a character’s point of view. Thank you for the beautiful Easter gardens that the children made. Please send your garden in next week if you have not already. The children made posters to celebrate the resurrection.

In English the children planned and wrote their own poems including powerful verbs, prepositions, adjectives and adverbs. We have added them to our display in class.

In Maths we have been making and drawing arrays to solve multiplication and division calculations. The children have been solving problems using their knowledge of timetable facts. Please practise recalling 3 and 4 timetables.

In Science, we investigated different materials to make black out curtains for a babies’ room. The children made predictions and wrote a conclusion about their results.

In Geography, the children have been learning about earthquakes.

Home Learning


nicely, lately, closely, funnily, luckily, gently, randomly, simply, humbly, basically, frantically, dramatically


Mathletics Complete the activities




Geography Over the next few weeks the children will be learning about volcanoes. Please make a volcano and bring it into class by Tuesday 3rd May

Click volcanoes for examples



Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Carey