Friday 24th June 2022

This week in Year 5 we have been working hard in all areas of the curriculum.

We completed our focus work on angles in Maths and have now started looking at reading and interpreting data and graphs.  In Science, we completed our space learning by discovering why we have day and night. To help us see the effect of our planet turning, we went outside to measure shadows and monitor their direction using compasses.

In Geography, we compared two mountain ranges: the Himalayas and the Cambrian mountains. Year 5 were surprised to discover how much older the Cambrian mountains are and could identify how erosion has changed their shape. We also investigated the Cambrians by looking at their climate and made climate graphs. We also considered how this wet and cold climate impacted local farmers.


Wishing you and your families a lovely weekend.

Home Learning:   5 tests complete the tasks set.

Spellings- From now until the end of the year, we will focus on common spelling mistakes from our class learning.

surprise, which, succeed, cities, mountain, maybe, peculiar, receive, specific, disastrous

Mathletics and timestables rockstars.



Summer Term 2 Week 4 w.b. 20.06.2022

Year 1 have had a busy week and really enjoyed their life saving swimming session on Wednesday.

Year 1 learnt what it takes to lead a virtuous life this week in their new Religion topic. They role-played acting out good deeds and you will be please to know that lots of them said they would help out at home!

I have sent home a Phase 5 alternative pronunciation sound mat that contains the last of the Year 1 sounds. When children are secure on these sounds they will be able to fully access orange and turquoise books in preparation for Year 2 spelling patterns.

Year 1 made great estimations in their maths this week and worked well to find things that were the same length and then matched to the ruler and cuisenaire rods. Year 1 then moved on to measuring the mass of objects to compare which was lighter, heavier and which objects would balance and be equal to the scales.  Mathletics has been set to support this learning.

P.E. kits for Monday (P.E. Tennis) and Wednesday (swimming) next week.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend,

Miss Lambie

Reception Class Week Beginning 20.6.22

After the recent Sports Day and Healthy Eating Week, this was a remarkably quiet week in Reception!

The class have continued to concentrate on their new topic ‘The Hidden World in our Garden’, with a particular focus on ladybirds and the story ‘The Bad- Tempered Ladybird’.

Reception have had fun acting out the story together, and as there are so many characters in the story, everyone had a role!

The children also thought about what the term bad-tempered means; they thought of other words that have a similar meaning, including: mad, cross, angry, grumpy, livid, furious and fed up!

Reception discussed what makes them all feel bad-tempered and then wrote about it in their English lesson. They also thought about the things they can do to change their mood, so that they are feeling happy rather than cross. Some of the ideas were: to go for a walk, play with friends, go to soft play, have a game of football and watch their favourite film.

One of the themes in The Bad-Tempered Ladybird is telling the time, using an analogue clock. Inspired by this, many of the children made their own clocks and watches, complete with moving hands!

Reception also made their own ladybirds, wrote about their favourite part of the story and wrote a conversation between the the friendly ladybird and the bad-tempered ladybird, using speech bubbles.

We have had a big response to the request for parent helpers for the London Zoo trip- thank you so much! We will pull the three names from a hat on Monday and let you know if you have been selected on Monday after school.

Have a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team

Friday, 24th June 2022

The children in Year 4 this week spent some times outdoors identifying plant life growing on our school grounds. They used terminology to categorise their findings such as stem, leaf, petal, flower, fruit, bark, twig, etc. In Maths, the class finished their short unit of time, calculating unknown start and finish times using duration and converting between units of time. Later in the week, they moved on to identifying, comparing and ordering angles using benchmarks, such as right angles. In English, they have written their engaging final pieces in their explanation text unit, giving details about their ‘crazy inventions’. They edited their writings and published them in neat. In RE, we looked at the characters and the settings of the Good Samaritan story, using maps and historical details about people from that era. In art, the class created illustrations to go with our class story, Stitch Head, using pastel crayons and paint. We played rounders in PE. In History, the children looked at how life was different in Tudor times depending on social class and extended that learning by looking at everyday activities, fashion, food, education, etc.

A letter was sent home yesterday about next week’s class trip and the event was also set up on SchoolComms, so please make sure to give consent online and decide on lunch options as soon as possible. Thank you!


Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning bellow:

Home Learning Due by Tuesday, 28th June 2022
Spelling Spelling Rule 31 – Word list – years 3 and 4 – me- to op-


Please complete 2 activities and update your reading logs.

Project Please complete your Tudor house projects and be ready to present them next week. Please see information in previous blogs.


Summer 2 Week 3

In Year 3 this week, the children have been writing their own poems based on The Magic Box by Kit Wright. The children have been using similes, alliteration, adjectives and adverbs to add effect to their poems and to engage the reader.

Following this, the children started their Design and Technology project to design, make and evaluate a box to keep their memories in. They looked at different types of boxes, cut out nets, decorated them and folder them to create a box. Next week, they will design their own boxes.

In Maths, the children have been multiplying 2 digit numbers by a 1 digit number. They started by drawing pictures to support their understanding and then moved onto a formal written method. Please continue to practise recalling 3, 4 and 8 timetables.

In PE, we have been applying the skills that we have learnt over the last few weeks to play rounders. The children worked well as a team to field and to bat. The children encourage and supported their team members.


On Wednesday, Year 3 had their first class mass. The children read, sang and responded brilliantly. They showed reverence throughout. Well done! It was lovely to see some parents there.

In Religion, we have been learning about what a good deed is and role playing good deeds that happen in school and in our community. Can you do a good deed at the weekend?

Home Learning

Mathletics Complete the activities set
Spellings – heel, heal, he’ll, pane, pain, reign, rain, rein, plain, plane, grown, groan


Spelling Frame
Timetables Rockstars Please practise 3, 4 and 8 timetables
Read Theory Complete 2 activities


Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs Carey

Summer 2 Week 3

In Year 2 this week, the children have created their own monsters and written descriptions of them. They have also written a letter warning a child not to take a monster to school. Next week they will be planning and writing a story about a monster coming to Pope Paul School! They will need to include descriptive language, conjunctions and interesting sentence starters to engage the reader.

In Maths, the children have been learning about symmetry . They have investigated which 2D shapes have lines of symmetry and used mirrors to help them reflect a pattern across a mirror line, creating symmetrical pictures.

In swimming, the children learnt about the meaning of different flags at beaches and swimming pools. They also learnt what do if they fall into open water and how to save someone else.

The children have also enjoyed tending to the gardens and playing lots of tennis and badminton at playtime.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Pringle

Home learning

English – Please think about what trouble a monster might cause at school and how the children might teach the monster how to behave. Bring an A4 piece of paper with ideas (not a whole story) on, that can be used to support their story writing in class. For example would they; Chase the teachers? Eat all the pizza? Teach the children to roar/fly/breath fire? Break all the chairs? Smash the jungle gym? Climb/ Fly onto the roof? Make friends? Become a Y2 pupil or teacher at Pope Paul School?



Reception Week Beginning 13.6.22

What a busy week it has been!

This week was ‘Healthy Eating Week’, and Reception joined the rest of the school thinking about the big message this year, which was:

Eat well for you and the planet!

The children learnt about the importance of having a healthy diet and lifestyle and how to keep our bodies healthy, by exercising, staying clean and regularly brushing teeth properly. The children learnt about why the body needs protein and made their own healthy protein snack.

Our story focus this week ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, linked the healthy eating focus beautifully with our new topic, ‘The Hidden World in our Garden’. Through this book, the children not only continued to learn about foods that are good for you, but they also about the lifecycle of a butterfly!

The highlight of the week was Reception’s first ever Sports Day. The children were absolutely fantastic, demonstrating their sports skills, listening skills and care and support for one another. Thank you to Josie for starting off each event so confidently!

This afternoon, the children took part in The Blessed Sacrament Procession. As usual, Reception made us all proud with their exemplary behaviour and reverence.

Happy Father’s Day to you all for Sunday; we hope you have lots of fun celebrating together in the sunshine.

Wishing you a lovely weekend,

The Reception Team


Year 6 – 17/06/22

It’s the end of another week, and once again it’s been a busy one. Tuesday was Sports Day, and the children jumped, threw and run to their best ability despite the heat!

All did brilliantly, but well done especially to St Bernadette house; Phoebe and William had the honour of lifting the trophy and parading it around the field with the rest of their house!

It was also Healthy Eating Week, and Year 6’s focus was Vary Your Protein. The children learned that pulses are an excellent source of plant-based protein, and today we made and tasted a protein smoothie and a chickpea, lentil and coconut curry, which went down a treat!

Great fun was also had trying raw ginger, which is full of health benefits. The shock of the taste took some by surprise!

Finally, the week ended in a beautiful Blessed Sacrament Procession. Y6 walked with their Reception partners and they were absolutely fantastic. Well done!

Home learning is to learn your lines for Go For Gold. Here is the pdf of the script if yours is at school: Go For Gold – Script

Please also practise the songs; these can be found at the bottom of last week’s blog.

Have a great weekend!

Healthy Living week

Summer Term 2 Week 3 w.b. 13.06.2022

What a busy Health and Fitness week we have had! Year 1 focussed on the importance of having ‘5-a-day’ in our diets. They all tried to eat a different vegetable for their lunch, had extra snack and designed posters to promote healthy eating.

I was so impressed with the children’s efforts on Sports afternoon on Tuesday. They all tried their best and did not let the heat and sun get in their way.

In maths this week we were learning how to collect and organise data in different ways. We made a tally chart of all the fruits we liked and then answered questions based on a pictogram. We recorded a pictogram on all the fruit and vegetables we had eaten everyday to see if we reached ‘5-a-day’. Then on Friday we voted for our favourite flavour of water and collected the data using tally marks. Our most popular was orange flavour water. Can you find out what is the most popular in your household? Mathletics has been set to support data handling learning.

In English we were set a challenge to write as many fruits as we could think of. Our record was 17! Can you beat us? We recorded our fruits using numbers in a list and then selected the most popular to use in our fruit salads. Before we made our fruit salads we knew we had to write a set of instructions to follow. We know our instructions were successful as we were all able to follow them when we made our fruit salad with the help of Year 5. They were yummy!


This week we have moved onto the end of Phase 5 ‘the alternative sounds’ where children will be taught that the vowels can make their long sounds too. There is no spelling frame to support this so I will find some additional resources to support the learning at home next week as it was a no bag day today.

We finished the week with a walk to Church to join in with The Blessed Sacrament Procession. We walked in silence so we could focus on the procession and then took part in prayers and reflection in the Church.

P.E. kits for Monday (P.E.) and Wednesday (swimming) next week.

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend,

Miss Lambie




Summer 2 Week 2

Year 2 have thoroughly enjoyed Sports Day and Healthy Eating Week this week.

Everyone tried their best and used their talents on sports day. It was great to welcome the parents to celebrate our sporting achievements and then share our learning environment with them afterwards.

As part of Healthy eating week, we have learnt about the importance of keeping fit and healthy though exercise and diet. Lisa, our head cook, explained to us that we need a mixture of different food types on our plate in order for us to have a balanced diet. We have also learnt the importance of drinking water, which foods keep us hydrated  and why we shouldn’t waste food.

Have a lovely weekend

Miss Pringle

Home Learning


Maths – mathletic activities have been set.