Year 2 Blog Week 12

The Year 2 classroom has been a hive of activity this week. In English, we have been learning about The Legend of the Poinsettia. There is an old Mexican legend about how Poinsettias and Christmas come together. The children thoroughly enjoyed finding out about the ‘Flowers of the Holy Night’ and everyone created some fantastic story maps. Thank you to Eric for bringing in a beautiful Poinsettia for our classroom! Watch this space for our finished retellings of The Legend of the Poinsettia. 

In Maths this week, we have been looking at reasoning problems. The children worked well at solving these problems and explaining the reasons for their answers.

Can you solve this number problem?

I am not below 20.     I am a multiple of 5.    One of my digits is 5.     I am above 21.

Add my digits and the total is 7.

Who am I?    12    43    25    6     35    15

 

We are now in the final stages of preparations for our KS1 Christmas Nativity. Please see below the list of costumes the children require. We have some costume accessories and props in school however if children have a complete costume for their part at home they may use that if they wish.

Children – Christmas/Festive clothes, hats

Stall holders – Christmas/Festive clothes, hats

Angels – White top, leggings, tights

Romans – Black top and trousers

Nazarenes – Black or white top and trousers

Shepherds – Black or white top and trousers

Wise Men – Black or white top and trousers

Inn Keepers – Black or white top and trousers

Mary – White top, leggings, tights

Joseph – Black or white top and trousers

Please bring in costumes on Monday 10th December, in a bag with your child’s name on it, ready for the dress rehearsal on Tuesday 11th December. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Home Learning: Rehearse lines and songs for the play. No spelling test!

I look forward to seeing all you on Wednesday 12th December at 9:30 a.m. for the big show!

Have a peaceful weekend.

Miss Davey

Week 3

We’ve had a lot of fun during our learning this week. From becoming newspaper reporters to gymnastics superstars – Year 3 really have got talent!

The children were extremely reflective during Adoration on Wednesday and thoroughly enjoyed their Spanish lesson about Advent with Michael. They have also made thoughtful cards for Francesca and have been working hard to solve tricky money and mental maths questions.

We were treated to Dame Alice Owen’s Gym and Dance dress rehearsal on Monday – which i’m sure inspired some of the fantastic counter balances produced in PE this week. The children also tested their scientific skills by conducting their own experiments on permeability! We have also researched the different trees in our school grounds as part of National Tree Week.

Don’t forget to look out for our British Values poster in the dining hall about discrimination.

Home Learning this week is to read with and adult and learn the words to the Advent Service songs – the children were given two song sheets. Please revise spelling list : Autumn Term 2 Week 4

 

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The children have been very busy getting ready for our Class Nativity, which will be on Wednesday 5th December at 9.30am. We will provide every child with a costume, but we will need you to provide clothes for your child to wear underneath. Look out for a letter in your child’s book bag early next week that will give you  further information about this.

Today we were treated to a Fitter Future workshop with our Year 6 Learning Partners.

Fitter Future is an online website with fun video workouts for the children to follow. It is designed to increase the fitness levels of children. Each workout lasts ten minutes with additional workouts and monthly fitness challenges continuously added to the programme. Pope Paul children get completely free access at home, where they can complete additional monthly workout challenges. Reception will be bringing home their logins next week.

Wishing you all a restful weekend,

The Reception Team

Week 10

We have had a busy week! This week is Anti Bullying Week and Parliament week. We started by looking at what bullying means and what we should do if we think bullying is happening. We made some posters to show what bullying is. The children took part in a workshop on anti bullying and looked at how bullying makes people feel.

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We have continued looking closely at the book Westlandia and  recognised how the character was bullied.  We enjoyed making shelters and musical instruments to engage with the text. The children’s writing has been fantastic!

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In Religion we looked at how the church prepares for Christmas. We made our own Advent wreaths and sequenced the order of the candles.

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In Art we made clay pots, the children enjoyed rolling and modelling their clay pots.  We are all very excited to paint them!

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Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Carey

 

 

Autumn 2 Week 2

We have had a wonderful day at Celtic Harmony today, where we learnt how to become a Celtic Warrior.

We had a fantastic time learning how to fire an arrow and solve warrior riddles. The children were great at hunting for clues in the woodlands and proved themselves to be very fierce.

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We also learnt how to weave reeds and how to work together in battle  – we even managed to defeat some wicked Romans! It was also great to hear the Myth of Finn MacCool and the Giant Causeway.

Thank you Miss Lawlor, Mrs Pinto and Mrs Lyons for helping us today – we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

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We have also learnt about the UK Paraliment and what the role of the House of Lords and House of Commons is. We will be voting for or against the schools name change on Monday.

To celebrate anti-bullying week we took part in a workshop about respect and explored how we could make kind choices and respect both ourselves and others.

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Home learning

Please read and complete the Spag.com activities that have been set. Please refer to the Autumn 2 week 2 spelling list.

Enjoy your weekend

Miss Pringle

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.

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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- Reception

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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.

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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

 

 

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

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

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Davey

Autumn 1 Week 7- Year 5

It was an exciting end to our week today! We celebrated the canonisation of St Paul VI with a wonderful assembly followed by an extra playtime and a treat.

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The rest of the day was spent completing art work based around St Paul VI’s famous quotes about peace and making flags. To end the day, we watched the release of doves over our school. It was an experience I’m sure the children will always remember.

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It was wonderful to see you all at parent consultations this week. Some of you were able to meet Miss Clapp, a student teacher who will be with us until Christmas. Next week is One World Week where you will be welcomed into our classroom twice. Firstly for our class mass on Wednesday and secondly for celebration morning on Friday.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mrs Lines