Reception- Summer 2 Week 2

It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Potters Bar Carnival on Sunday- you all looked amazing and seemed as if you were having lots of fun!

Reception brought their new topic to life, when they went on a mini-beast hunt around the school grounds this week. The children learnt that Pope Paul School is home to many wondrous creatures, many of whom the children and staff struggled to identify!

Our story focus this week has been ‘Superworm’ by Julia Donaldson. The children enjoyed thinking about what else Superworm could use his super long body for and even learnt a Superworm song! Reception also decided to turn the outdoor role play area into a superhero headquarters and are looking forward to spending more time in it next week.

In RE, the children heard the story about The Good Samaritan; they were brilliant at relating it to positive experiences in their own lives and retelling it in a range of different media.

Wishing you all a lovely Father’s Day on Sunday.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception- Summer 2 Week 1

It was lovely to welcome the children back after the half term break!

In RE, Reception have been learning about Pentecost. After hearing the story, looking at artwork and then watching a short film clip, the children made their own tongues of fire, retold and painted the story and used ribbons to move like the Holy Spirit in the outdoor learning environment.

The class also began their new learning focus, ‘Mini-beasts’ and enjoyed hearing the story ‘The Bad-tempered Ladybird’. Many of the children used the themes of the story to influence their Child Initiated Learning.


In Maths, we have been learning how to double, halve and share different amounts of objects.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the carnival!

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer


Spirituality Week- Reception

Reception have taken part in Spirituality Week with the rest of the school this week. The theme this year has been ‘Meeting Jesus’. The week began with a whole school Act of Worship, where the children placed their personalised host on a large host above the altar. This created a beautiful display showing how we are One Body. They then created pictures based on where they see Jesus.


On Tuesday, the class were led in prayer by our wonderful Year 5 children, as they participated in the activities set up at the prayer stations.

On Wednesday, Reception looked at a modern painting depicting Jesus sitting alongside people on a train. Chloe decided that it reminded her of the story, The Road to Emmaus’, as Jesus was travelling alongside people who didn’t recognise him!

The children then thought about times in school when they had shared a joyful experience with a friend. Together, they then drew a picture of how they felt during that time.

Today, the children were excited to share their learning environment during the Celebration Morning. It was wonderful to see so many of you.

Father Shaun then led us in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This was a very special time where the children collectively worshiped Jesus, present in the form of the sacred host.

Wishing you all a safe, restful and happy half term holiday.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer



It has been a very eventful and exciting past two weeks in Reception class!

Last week, we received a letter from Professor Pemberton from the Natural History Museum. He asked Reception if they would consider looking after a very valuable dinosaur egg while it’s display cabinet was being repaired. The children agreed and wrote back to tell them that we would be delighted to help.

On Wednesday, a very special parcel was brought into class by Mrs Heymoz. It had the words, ‘fragile’ and ‘Natural History Museum’ all over the box. The children knew at once that the package had something very exciting inside- it was the dinosaur egg! The class decided to keep it safe on the prayer table, until they found somewhere secure to display it. They spent a long time planning and making display cabinets and writing signs telling everybody to be careful around the egg. The children were very worried that the egg might break, while in our care!

After the extended weekend, Mrs Theo arrived to a very worrying scene; the protective packaging around the egg seemed to be all over the floor and the egg itself had been completely cracked open! Unbelievably, the dinosaur had hatched and escaped!

When the children arrived in class, they were completely bewildered; what had happened to the egg and more importantly where was the dinosaur now?

At once, Reception notified Mrs Heymoz and the rest of the school. They then came up with a plan. Mrs Lopez phoned the police and the army and Mrs Heymoz phoned the museum. The biggest concern at this point, was whether the dinosaur was a carnivore or a herbivore. Thankfully, the museum informed us that it was indeed a herbivore!

The children then went about writing ‘lost’ posters and planning traps to capture the dinosaur. Some children even wrote a letter to Professor Pemberton, explaining that it wasn’t Mrs Theo’s fault that the egg had cracked. They all agreed to keep look out as they went home that evening.

The next morning, Mrs Theo was overwhelmed with the number of sightings around the childrens’ homes and gardens, so she decided to write them all down to see if there were any patterns in the dinosaur’s behaviour. It seemed that the dinosaur must have been looking for food, as he spent a lot of his time in gardens!

Now that so many of the class had seen the dinosaur, they were in a much better position to write descriptions of the it, which was very helpful, as everyone now knew what they were looking for.

The children worked well together making different traps and are hoping that when they come back on Monday, a little baby dinosaur will be inside one of them!

Today, the children joined the rest of the school honouring Our Lady with our May procession, where we walked to the Peace Garden and placed our flowers on the altar dedicated to Mary.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer


Reception Summer Term Week 1

Alleluia! He is risen!

Welcome back!

We hope you had a joyous time celebrating Easter with your families. It was lovely to see the wonderful, creative Easter gardens, which are now on show in our international garden.

This week, we have been learning about the resurrection story according to Luke. The children worked hard to retell the story in a number of different ways.

On Tuesday afternoon, the class participated in an Easter themed creative workshop with Year 1. They learnt about the symbolism of eggs during Easter time and then made their own to display on the window. They children then went into the Year 1 classroom where they made butterflies, to represent new life.

Congratulations to Mya, who was Baptised on Easter Sunday and looked beautiful!

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception Spring Term Week 12

On Tuesday, Reception Class joined KS1 in a very special Lenten Act of Worship. As usual, the children made us proud with their excellent behaviour, respect and reverence.

In RE , the children heard the story of the 14 Stations of the cross and then made their own crosses, with a range of different materials.

Our story focus this week has been ‘The Enormous Turnip’. Amongst other things, the children have had lots of fun re-enacting and sequencing the story, creating their own enormous vegetables, writing their own super veg stories and using fruit and vegetables in their art work.

In Maths, Reception have been exploring the many different ways of weighing, comparing and ordering objects.

They have also enjoyed participating in lots of different challenges; such as finding ways to get vegetables out of a box without touching them with their hands and finding the best surface for a toy car to travel over.

Thank you for your continued support.

We wish you a wonderful Easter and look forward to seeing you at the start of the new term.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Reception Spring Term Week 11

It’s been another busy week in Reception, it’s hard to believe that we are almost two thirds of the way through the year!

In RE this week, the children have been learning about the Last Supper and thinking how we are reminded of this story every week in church when we receive Holy Communion. They also spent a long time examining and talking about the painting, ‘The Last Supper’ by Leonardo Da Vinci, one of the most famous paintings in the world.

With the help of the adults, the children role played receiving Holy Communion themselves.

The children then demonstrated their understanding of the story through role play, writing their own versions, painting the story and building their own Last Supper scenes with junk modelling materials and other large and small construction.

The weather yesterday was glorious and so we took the opportunity to take the PE lesson with Mr Dugan outside. The children enjoyed participating in some team games that focussed on developing their throwing and catching skills.

You should have received an email to activate your Tapestry account on Tuesday. Thank you to the parents who have already activated and have liked and made comments about their child’s learning already!

Please add your own observations and photos- remember only you and the Reception staff can see your child’s account, so don’t worry about getting it wrong! Your observations will help the staff to have an all round picture of your child, which will help when they come to make final judgements against the early Learning Goals at the end of next term.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend and a wonderful Mother’s Day.

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer


Reception Spring Term Week 10

In RE this week, Reception have been focussing on Luke’s account of Palm Sunday; when Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem on a donkey.  The children demonstrated their understanding of the story through role play, writing their own versions of the story, painting pictures, making palm trees and building their own gates of Jerusalem with small construction.

In Maths, the children have been looking at properties of 2D and 3D shapes, and have been sorting and constructing their own.

The children have also enjoyed listening to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. They have been busy turning the outdoor role play area into a giant’s castle complete with beanstalk, measuring and comparing  objects against giant footprints, creating string instruments, writing different endings to the story  and building their own castles.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Term Week 8 Reception

What a busy week of learning!

In RE, Reception have been learning about Lent and how we prepare for Easter by praying to bring us closer to God, by giving to others less fortunate than ourselves and by doing kind things for others.

The children wrote their Lenten promises which were used as part of the Lenten assembly on Friday. Reception also took part in a special Lenten Act of Worship with their Year 6 learning partners, which was led by Sofia, Jaineel, Oliver and Claudia.

On Thursday, Reception  joined the rest of the school in celebrating World Book Day. They were very excited and proud to show off their costumes alongside the older children and teachers and enjoyed listening to one another as they explained who they had dressed up as and why.

Next week, we are looking forward to British Science week which focusses on the theme ‘Journeys’.

Wishing you all a pleasant weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer

Spring Term Week 7 Reception

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Have you ever wondered what happened to the dish and the spoon when they ran away in the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle, Diddle? This week Reception class found out when they heard the story, ‘The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon’ by Mini Grey. The children had lots of fun thinking and writing about what they would do if they found a big bag of money; ideas ranged from giving it to the poor, to buying a gold Lamborghini! In the story, the dish and the spoon make some poor life decisions and as a result the spoon is put in prison.  To re-enact this, Reception decided that they wanted the outside role play area to be a police station, complete with a jail and so they have been very busy working together to create and then play in it.

In RE, the children have learnt about the importance of buying Fairtrade in order to support hardworking farmers, so that they will get fair and better prices for their products, have decent working conditions, be in a position to make their own decisions and control their future and lead the dignified lives that they all deserve. The children then designed their own posters telling everyone to buy Fairtrade. Today, they reinforced their learning by discussing Fairtrade and then drawing the Fairtrade logo with their Learning Partners.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Theo and Mrs Gymer