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








Friday, 17th September 2021

The children in Year 4 had yet another busy week.

In English, they spent a few days planning and writing their own ‘Dirty Beast’ poems inspired by Roald Dahl before starting their new unit of work based on David Wiesner’s Flotsam. They became beach detectives on Thursday, opening bags of flotsam left behind, trying to guess who it must have belonged to. They used their reasoning and inference skills well.

In Maths, they built whole numbers using Dienes equipment and place value counters to show their understanding of the value of each digit in 3 and 4 digit numbers. They extended this task by re-grouping numbers flexibly, thinking about core facts such as how many tens make a hundred, etc.

In Re, the children looked at the 4 sources of Revelation and reflected on the first one, Creation. They wrote beautiful explanations on what they have learnt about God’s nature through his work of art.

In Pe, we played team building games and moved on in our multi-skill unit by re-introducing throwing and catching. In Geography, the children reasoned about why certain cities in the UK grow faster than others, whilst in Computing they carried on extending their basic Scratch designs from last week. In Science, we looked at types of enquiries and ways of testing.

Thank you for those of you who sent in plants to go into our Class Gardens. We tidied the bed on Thursday and started planting our bulbs and other seasonal plants.

It has been lovely to see the children Tuesday afternoon in Sewing Club. I introduced three basic stitch types (running, back and cross stitch) which the children practiced on pieces of felt. Great progress in just one lesson! I look forward to seeing them again next week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning bellow:

Home Learning Due by Tuesday, 21st September 2021
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and practice your weekly words one last time before testing yourself on them.


(you do not need registration to access these activities)

Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete 2 activities.


Reading records were also sent home today with the children’s reading targets set by their previous teacher. The children should record their own reading regularly including a brief summary of what they have read, the date and the title of the book.

Multiplication Please log onto ‘Hit the button’ and spend 10-15 minutes practicing your  multiplication facts. You can start practicing them by tables, however you should try and extend this by practicing them mixed up, as well.


Maths/English Please log onto Study Ladder with your existing login details and access the ‘Pod’ assigned to you.


Please start your learning with the ‘Tutorial’ explaining expanded notation. We call that ‘re-grouping’ in class. We identify the value of each digit in a number and re-write it as a number sentence.


1257= 1000+200+50+7

It’s different from ‘decomposition’, which would be flexibly breaking a number up, such as:


With ‘regrouping’ the children can prove they understand the value of each digit according to its place within the number so later they can re-group in a more complex way:

1257= (10×100)+(20×10)+57


In English, I would like the children to create an A4, colourful learning poster. I would like them to use their learning from this week and think about 4-5 pieces of ‘flotsam’ (debris in the water that was not deliberately thrown overboard, often as a result from a shipwreck or accident) that would represent them the best.

Would it be:

a book, a pair of football boots, a tinful of Pokemon cards, a box of special sweets, ballet shoes, a specific soft toy?

Could I guess who they are just by looking at their chosen ‘Flotsam’? Could their classmates guess?

Please be prepared to present your poster by Tuesday.


Year 2, Week 2


Thank you for the donations to our class gardens, as you can see we have been busy preparing the soil and planning where to put the plants.  The children have loved taking ownership of these gardens and are looking forward to watching them bloom. I was also very pleased with the care they took, when rehoming any insects they found. We still have the lovely flowerbed outside our classroom to tend to so if you are able to provide any perennials it would be very much appreciated.



We continue to develop our fluency to 20 and have estimated where numbers might go along a number line.


In PE we have started to develop our dodging, passing and receiving skills in netball and football.  I have been very impressed with everyone’s sportsmanship.

Home learning














Three study ladder activities have been set. I realise that you all have the usernames and passwords from last year but your child has been given a copy to take home with them this evening.


Please read with your child over the weekend and sign their reading records.


Friday, 10th September 2021

Happy Birthday Mary!

During a busy week in Year 4, the children revised their key writing tools such as adverbs, conjunctions and noun phrases in English. We put emphasis on handwriting and introduced the first set of spelling words.

In Maths, we introduced Roman numerals and looked at the history of this ancient number system. We put our learning into action by writing the date using Roman numerals, as well, which we will carry on doing in the future. We also introduced Place Value as our first topic beside completing mental fluency tasks and multiplication practice.

In Science, we looked at facts the children already knew about healthy eating, the health of our teeth and digestion whilst in Geography, they started locating megacities around the world, using atlases and satellite pictures.

In PE, we played invasion games and in Art we used different media to create beautiful birthday cards for Mary.

The children really enjoyed this Wednesday’s celebration and completed a lovely piece of learning comparing the qualities of Mary to other contemporary women who changed the world. They also took part in a beautiful class Act of Worship launching the ‘Year of Growth’.

Well done children for a great start to the year!

I am looking forward to see you all for Monday’s ‘Meet the Teacher’ session starting at 2.30pm in the hall!

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Varga

Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due by Tuesday, 14th September 2021
Spelling Please log onto Spelling-Frame and practice your weekly words before testing yourself on them.


Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete at least 2 tasks.

(New reading records will be given out next week.)


English In preparation for Roald Dahl Day next week, please use the official website to learn about his life and work. Read the biography and look through his work.

(You might need parent help with that to ensure you understand new vocabulary and please be mindful of the pop up advertisements)


Maths Please log onto Mathletics as usual and complete the assigned activities (4) consolidating Place Value.


Multiplication Please log onto Hit the Button and spend 10-15 minutes practicing your multiplication facts.



10th September, 2021

It has been a busy week in Year 5!  The children have settled back into the classroom routines well and have been very eager to start their new topics in many areas of the curriculum. We have also welcomed two new members to the class – VJ and Nicholas who I am sure will see how special our class and school community are.

On Wednesday, along with the rest of the school, the children celebrated Our Lady’s birthday.  As part of the celebrations, some of the children in Year 5 were chosen to decorate the special birthday cake that was to be presented to the rest of the school and they did a marvellous job working together as a team with Ms Hilton.  A picture of Our Lady was framed in a love heart and surrounded by edible stars and  flowers.

The children each made their own birthday card and carried them in procession to the statue of Our Lady in the Peace Garden.  In the afternoon, they danced in the school playground and had an ice lolly which quenched their thirst from the hot sun.


In RE the children have continued to discuss the Year of Growth and examined why Mary appeared to Bernadette in Lourdes.

In Maths, the children have been developing and building upon their knowledge of place value with numbers up to one million whilst in English the focus has been on building upon their vocabulary knowledge and using this to develop their poetry skills.

It was lovely to see you this afternoon at the ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting.  I have updated the class page with the power point that was shown and information sheets that were handed out. If you have any queries, please contact me via the school office.

The Home Learning for this week is set out below:


WEEK 1: ough

cough, dough, enough, bought, though, drought, sought, thought, tough, thorough, rough, although

Practise each word using the Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check method. Ensure your child knows the meaning of each word.

Maths: Log onto Mathletics and complete the tasks that have been set.

Reading: Read daily for at least 10 – 15 minutes.


Find a short poem about a season.   You will be invited to recite it in class.  Here are suggestions to assist you in memorising it:

  1. Get a printed copy of the poem/copy it onto a piece of paper.
  2. Look at the poem and read it out loud.
  3. Turn it over so you can’t see it.
  4. Recite as much of it as you can remember, from the beginning.
  5. Repeat steps 2 through 5 until you can recite the entire poem from memory.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Mr Holmes


Year 1 first week of term

Week 1 w/b 06.09.2021

First day

Year 1 have had a lovely start to the new school year and have been so excited to share all our news with our friends again. We went to our first ever school assembly where we were presented with our prayer cloth and candle which we used to dress our prayer table and reflection space in class. We have been enjoying the peaceful class worships in the mornings of our first week with our new candle. We had special prayer stones that we used to make prayer promises to our class before presenting the stone into our basket. We promised to be kind, caring, loving towards everyone and to treat others how we wish to be treated.

First Week of Year 1

Our second ever whole school assembly on Monday introduced us to Pope Paul’s ‘Year of Growth’. It made us think how we could design and make a tree display in our class that would grow throughout the year just like us.

Year 1 had an amazing day for Mary’s Birthday on Wednesday. I was very impressed with how the children worked together to share their knowledge when explore our big question ‘Who is Mary?’ Our cards tried to blow away in the wind, but we managed to display them before they tangled too much. Keep an eye out and Church this weekend and see if you can spot our birthday cards.


As we continue with our transition from Reception to Year 1 we have been focusing on our thoughts and feelings through ‘The Colour Monster’ story and looked so relaxed during our deep breathing exercise as we tried to understand the feeling of ‘calm’. The children created the features of a front cover and designed their own in our first English lesson.  You can listen to the story from home here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ih0iu80u04Y


Year 1 are exploring common 2Dshapes in their first math topic and worked amazingly in groups to fix a 2D shape puzzle problem. We will be learning all about 3D shapes next week.


Our PE days are Wednesdays (Football on the field) and Thursdays (movement skills on the field, playground, or hall if weather permits.) Children should wear their full Pope Paul PE kits to school on those days, including sweatshirts rather than school jumpers or cardigans for colder weather. We loved our first football lesson with coach Joe on Wednesday and enjoyed learning four new warm up games for future P.E. lessons.

Home learning

We will continue to assess the children in phonics and reading over the next two weeks before sending reading books home. This will ensure that we are accurately sending books with sounds in that the children can read and enjoy with you at home. In the meantime, you may continue to use the online eBook service via Collins that you used in Reception. Please use the texts from Reception that are on the eBook bookshelf. Children logins are the same as last year and can be found on each child’s Google Classroom if you are unsure. Home learning will be sent home from next Friday and every Friday thereafter and is due the following Wednesdays. More details will be shared next Thursday 16th September for Year 1 Meet the Teacher meeting at 2:30pm in the school hall.

Please ensure that all belongings are named clearly. I have one size 26 cardigan left from Tuesday and I know some parents have said that they are missing some items. Please check the school bags to make sure that nothing belonging to someone else has accidentally been taken home. Children need a water bottle and hat in school everyday as the weather is still unpredictable.

Have a safe and happy weekend,

Miss Lambie

Welcome Back!

It was lovely to see the children this morning. They settled into the class and their new key stage well.

We started the day with an Act of Worship where the children shared their feelings about the year ahead.

In the afternoon, we had great excitement using the KS2 playground equipment.

PE Days are Tuesdays and Fridays so children must wear their PE kits on those day.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs Carey

Friday, 16th July 2021

This (final full) week in Year 4, we have finished planning and writing our extended narrative pieces based on Stitch Head by Guy Bass. The children have truly enjoyed telling their ending to this lovely story. After they finished, we read the last chapters together comparing their versions to the original ending.

We also painted the clay Tudor Roses. In History, we looked at Edward VI and in Maths we played code breaking games. The children also designed and created Stitch Head board games with lots of creative ideas. In RE we reasoned about what makes a good leader; someone worth following.  Following on from our leader focus in RE, the children learnt about another great leader, Nelson Mandela.  It is Mandela Day on Sunday 18th July and the children learnt about this wonderful man and what he stood for.  They also spent time collaboratively working together to create Mandela Pop Art.

I wish those of you travelling home, a safe trip and a lovely summer holiday.

For next week, please may I ask that you send in a strong plastic bag with your child as I am sending home books and art work. We used multiple sets of books in most of our subjects so they will be quite heavy. Also, please send the children into school in their PE kit on Monday as we still have one cricket session with our outside training team.

Thank you so much for our lovely gifts, we really appreciate your thoughtful gestures.

We wish you a safe and sunny weekend,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara



Friday, 9th July 2021

In Year 4 this week, we have carried on with our narrative unit based on our class book, Stich Head by Guy Bass. It has been wonderful to see how many of you kind parents purchased the book series for your children. They absolutely love the story and it’s greatly impacting their outcomes too!

In Maths, we have been focusing on applying our scaled number facts in multi-step problem solving and extended that by using bar models as a representational tool.

In History we thought about the reasons behind Henry VIII’s decision to break off the relationship with the Pope (Rome) and the consequences it had for the country. We also used clay as our medium to create 3D Tudor Rose models which we are going to paint next week.

In Science, we carried out practical investigations to find out if gas has weight; what happens to gas when it is heated and finally if it is possible to create gas by adding a solid to a liquid.

On Wednesday, we had a wonderful day participating in Sports day. Well done to all the children, they did marvellously. Congratulations to St Vincent’s House! The children also enjoyed their session in the go karts and in the bouncy castle. The looked fabulous after receiving their glitter tattoos and enjoyed the Euros 2020 themes classroom activities too.

We carried over the party atmosphere into Thursday when after a busy morning, the children played cricket on the field, followed by biscuit decoration, party snacks and a short snippet of a movie.

Due to a changed schedule, the children participated in their final Djembe lesson this morning, performing their West African song, now including Caroline’s and Ela-Maria’s winning composition. Well done!

Have a wonderful and safe weekend before our final full week together,

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

Please see your Home Learning below:

Home Learning Due on Tuesday, 13th July 2021
Spelling Please log onto Spelling Frame and practice your mixed strategies.


Reading Please log onto Read Theory and complete at least 2 activities


Fluency Please log onto Study Ladder and complete the  assigned Fluency activities.


Summer 2 Week 4

In Year 5 this week, we have continued to convert units of measure and have been working towards our Greek myths. In History, we thought about the achievements of the Ancient Greeks and reasoned about which were the most/least important. Graphing skills were our focus in Science as we made line graphs to show the data we collected last week. Our RE learning about discipleship had us looking at the story of Jesus asking Simon, Andrew, James and John to be fishers of men. Year 5 thought about how this story demonstrated the Catholic beliefs of Social Justice and the Common Good.

On Tuesday, Year 5 represented Pope Paul at the St Peter and St Paul mass at Our Lady and St Vincent. As father Shaun explained, this was the beginning of their role as leaders of our school.

Well done to Sandro, Mia, Megan, Nabira, Manus, Darcie-Louise and Phoebe. They lead the whole school assembly this morning, telling all about the life of Prince Phillip, who they had been researching for an English project.

We had a very sad ending to our week. Johnny-Mac will be leaving us and joining a new school on Monday. We wish him all the best and will miss him greatly.


Home learning:

Week 5 spellings