Week Beginning 21.9.20

The children have completed their first full week of school and it’s safe to say that we had some very tired children by hometime today!

It has been a wonderful week of learning. The children have been very busy focussing on the story ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddel. This lovely tale is about three baby owls who are missing their mummy- a perfect story for the children during this time of transition!

Over the course of the week, the children have made nests from lots of different materials, owl masks, puppets, drawings and paintings. They have also learnt lots of facts about owls and other nocturnal animals.

The children have also had lots of fun playing active maths games and exploring the other activities on offer, both in the inside and outdoor learning environments.

Reception have been participating in a Special Prayer Time every morning and we are already so impressed with their reverence! The children are also trying very hard to learn the school Mission Prayer-

We believe that we are all God’s work of art. We strive to respect and care for each other and to use our talents to do our best. By doing this, we are ‘Learning in the Light of Christ’

Reading books will be sent home over the course of next week. Information about your child’s reading day will be inside the front cover of the reading record.

Wishing you all a restful weekend,

The Early Years Team

Welcome to Reception

Welcome to Reception. It’s been a long time coming, but we are all finally together!

The children have had a fantastic first week at Pope Paul School and have enjoyed exploring their new learning environment, learning new routines, getting to know staff and making new friends. The staff have been amazed at how well they all listen and how fantastic they all are at following instructions. They are set to be a group of brilliant learners!

Here are a small selection of photos taken over the week.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend,

The Reception Team




Summer 2020 Support For Learning

Dear Parents,

This page has been set up to give you some ideas to help keep your children busy over the summer holidays should you wish to dip into them.

The activities are designed to be a review of material from the past school year and also are practical ideas to do both indoors and outdoors.

We encourage you to reward your child at home for their efforts in completing these activities.

Have an enjoyable summer break!

Mrs McNamara


Click on the links to see the challenges !

                                                           Reading Challenge  KS1 and KS2                                                 Summer 2020 Challenge_Digital PREMIER LEAGUE

Holiday Learning Premier League IDEAS

My Activity Book 5 to 7 years                                My Activity Book 7 to 11 years

KS1_Answers                             KS2_Answers

    Busy Boxes

                        Social and Emotional Learning

    Activities:           Click on each activity and have a go!

  one  two three  four five six  seven eight  nine ten eleven  twelve





Please look back at the Reception  Blog. There are many ideas posted on each Blog by Ms Pemberton ( Formally Mrs Theo) that you can do with your child.

Click here for some other creative ideas  A      B








Log onto your Mathletics Accounts!

Click hit the button            Maths Chase (to practise your times tables)

Maths Link – Premier League 

KS2  Maths Skills Organiser

BBC Bitesize


        Reading Link

English Link – Premier League

Puffin Activity Book KS2

Comprehension Work:

Comprehension      Year 3        Activity 1       2       3  4       Answers   1    2    3  4

Comprehension      Year 4       Activity 1    2       3               Answers  1    2  3

Comprehension      Year 5        Activity 1      2      3             Answers  1    2   3

Comprehension      Year 6        Activity 1    2      3               Answers   1  2   3

For those of you that have a Read Theory Account….log on and complete the comprehension exercises each day.

Grammar Activities:    Present_and_Progressive_quiz

Grammar: Semi-colon_Worksheet


Free English Downloads 

BBC Bitesize – English

Here are some Science Activities for KS1 and KS2.

Key Stage 1:    A   B    C   D   E   F G  H                             Key Stage 2:    A   B  C D  E  F  G  H

Plants Pack

Log onto BBC Bitesize too.


   Click on the Music Icon to see what’s in store for you!!

 Music for you to do over a week

          Resources for Music:  Listen_to_Music      Homemade_Musical_Instruments      FlatBeethoven      Fast_Slow

Why not try the Chrome Music Lab           


This document gives you many design and technology ideas which you can do…..Click here to see!!

                                Bird Feeders…………………..Kites and much more!!



Design-a-roundel-TfL-Craft-Club       Floating_Garden_Challenge_-_Home_learning_guide    Goal_Colouring      Make_a_Kite    Flappy-bat_KS2    Tennis_colouring_1



Games and Activities  Click on the links below!

Word_Tennis    Wimbledon_Word_Search    Wimbledon_Word_Search    The_Beat_Goes_On_Family_Crossword_Puzzle_13-14    September2020

Lockdown Challenge      I love tennis – Colouring




Animals Car Car Truck Jeep Activities

Celebrate Earth Day

Dice Activities Online EYFS


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Home Learning Ideas

How to make a dice EYFS

Jack and the Beanstalk Magic EYFS

Our Hands EYFS

Read with Trust

Reading with Trust Comic

The Bird in the Forest

The Drummer Boy

TheThree Billy Goats Gruff

Treasure Island EYFS

Dance   Moana


Harry Potter

Wild Workout – After completing  this session of wild workout, why not design your own workout?


Try following a dance lesson as part of your exercise today. You could have a go at making up your own routine afterwards!

Dance Lesson

Begin your day with a workout. Click on the the button and get active!

Joe Wicks kept a lot of children active during lockdown…why not revisit his workouts?  Click here.



During this time, children may be accessing a lot of resources via the internet, sometimes without your supervision.

  • Please highlight to your children the importance of staying safe online.
  • Remind them that they should always talk to an adult if they see something that worries them.


Happy Holidays

Wishing you a very happy holiday!

Catholic Social Teaching

Last week we explored the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and learnt that the principle of human dignity is the parent principle

The phrase ‘Image of God’ comes from Genesis (1:26 and 1:27) which says that God made humans in God’s own image. “God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’ So, God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created image.” Gen 1:26, 27



When the Church writes its official teaching, it writes in Latin.

In Latin the phrase ‘Image of God’ is ‘Imago Dei’. We know that God has no physical body. God is pure spirit, so we can’t actually look like God. But we can be like God in our nature – in the way we act and speak and behave. We can be like God, being creative, not destructive.

The Principles of Catholic Social Teaching remind us how to be like God: how to act and be the image of God. Make some decorative signs that say ‘Imago Dei’ and put them on the mirrors in your house, so that when you look in the mirror and see yourself you are reminded that you are made in God’s image. You will find others if you google images, Imago Dei!

Week Beginning 13.7.20 Reception Learning Overview

Dear Children, Parents and Carers,

It’s hard to believe that we are entering into our final week in Reception. I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your amazing hard work and support over the year. It has been a pleasure to get to know you and I will miss you all.

Wishing you all a safe and happy summer,

Mrs Theo


Message from Mrs Carey, Year 1 teacher- Due to space and storage constraints, we do not have room for big, bulky school bags. Instead, please continue to use the book bag from Reception. Thank you.

Our final story focus is ‘Elmer’ by David McKee

Choose one or two things from each area to do over the week.

If you do not have a copy of the story, you can watch the author, David McKee, reading: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZFrD18XLmlM


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

  • Discuss why Elmer didn’t want to be different.
  • Why is it OK to be different from other people?
  • How can we celebrate our differences like the elephants do on Elmer Day?
  • An old elephant says to Elmer “It didn’t take you long to show your true colours.” Discuss what this expression means with your family.

Communication and Language 

Things to discuss with your family:

  • In what ways are all the elephants in the herd the same?
  • In what ways are the elephants in the herd different?
  • Elmer is a different colour to the other elephants but is he the same as the other elephants in any way?
  • Is Elmer different to the other elephants in ways other than his colour?
  • Why do you think Elmer is tired of being different? How can being different make you tired?
  • Do you think that Elmer is happy when he is elephant coloured? Does it help Elmer to pretend to be something that he is not?
  • When Elmer comes back to the herd he feels that something is wrong but when he looks around everything is the same? What is different that is making Elmer feel strange?
  • Is it important to celebrate the differences between us, as well as the similarities?
  • What do you think the world would be like if we were all exactly the same? 

Physical Development

  • Make a jungle-With the help of an adult, fill a large tray/ bucket with damp soil, and collect plants leaves, grasses and twigs to place in it. If you have plastic toy animals you could place them in the tray. Perhaps you could add colour sticky squares or dots to a plastic elephant to be Elmer. Tell the story of Elmer or make up your own stories.
  • Create an elephant wash! Use some small-world elephants, some mud and some soapy water. Clean the muddy elephants! Use sponges, scrubbing brushes and pump soap dispensers.
  • Create a jungle from construction or junk modelling materials.


Count how many….

  • Berries are on the bush?
  • The coloured patches on Elmer?
  • How many elephants are in the herd?
  • How many other animals are in the jungle?


  • Look at the shapes and patterns on the decorated elephants. Do any of them have repeating patterns, symmetry, or tessellation?
  • Make repeated patterns using different square designs.
  • Go on a square hunt around your home. 


  • Write a message to Elmer from the other elephants. Talk about what they might want to say to him. For example that they like him just the way he is or that they find him really funny.
  • Read more books by David McKee.Other Elmer books include:Elmer’s Colours, Elmer’s Friends, Elmer’s Day, Elmer and the Rainbow

David McKee has also written and illustrated many other popular books; titles include:Not Now Bernard, Two Monsters, King Rollo, Mr Benn

  • Write an invitation for an Elmer’s Day celebration.
  • Write about why you are one of a kind.


Phonics- It is highly important that your child practises their letter sounds and tricky words and applies them through a reading and writing activity daily. Reading will help improve their vocabulary and a child’s academic success depends upon the ability to read and write and so this should be a priority.

Please continue to practise all letters sound and tricky words taught to date. They need to be able to recognise and write all phase 2 and 3 sounds in order to get off to a really good start in Year 1. If you download a sheet such as this https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-l-1972-phase-3-phonics-letters-and-assessment-sheets then you can assess your child to see which sounds your child knows securely, and which sounds need revising.

Understanding the World 

  • What is a jungle? What lives there?
  • Use an atlas or a globe to look at places around the world where there are jungles and where elephants live in the wild.
  • Find out about different types of elephants. 

Expressive Art and Design

  •  Look at different photos of elephants and draw your own.
  • How many different colours can you think of? Explore mixing colours to make new ones.
  • Make a patchwork picture inspired by the artist Kadinsky. Cut out coloured squares from a magazine, arrange the coloured squares in a patchwork design and stick on a sheet of paper.

  • Decorate an elephant like the ones joining in the Elmer parade. If you make several you could cut them out and hang them on a string suspended across a wall or ceiling to create a line of elephants on parade.
  • Make some Elmer ears or a trunk.

  • Make an Elmer lantern from a plastic milk bottle and tissue paper.
  • Bake and decorate some Elmer biscuits.


To show that RE is a special learning time, we always light a candle to mark the beginning of lesson and ask ‘Who is with us when we light the candle?’ and ‘Who do we learn about in our RE lesson?’

We then say the school’s Mission Prayer together.

Please see the separate RE blog for the whole school learning focus and complete the activity. Thank you!                                 


Welcome to Year 1!

Hello Reception children,

I am looking forward to meeting you tomorrow at our transition morning. I have attached a powerpoint to introduce you to the adults and to see your new classroom. I am excited about getting to know you all in September.

Mrs Carey

Welcome to Year 1


Catholic Social Teaching

This week we are going to look at the list of actions that the Church has made for us as we try to live in the Kingdom of Heaven!

The list of ‘rules’ that the Church has written for us is called a set of principles. So, first, let’s learn about what a principle is.

  1. A principle is a kind of rule or standard. It offers guidance to us so that when we have to make a decision or choose which way to act we have some ideals to work towards.
  2. Principles are often very big statements without a lot of detail attached. In your class you might live by the principle ‘we care for each other and ourselves’. The principle doesn’t tell you every single thing you should do (like speak respectfully to each other, listen to each other, look carefully before you cross the road etc) instead it just says: ‘care for yourselves and each other’. You have to work out how to do that.


Here is a principle: Practice thankfulness.

You can see that it’s a bit like a rule, but that its very big and doesn’t tell you exactly what to do.

If we practice thankfulness we might make sure that we notice and appreciate everything we have. It might mean we say thank you for it…to the people who gave it to us, who shared it with us, who allowed us to have it.

If we practice thankfulness we might notice and appreciate all the people who help us, think about us, support us and include us.

If we practice thankfulness we might stop grumbling about what we don’t have; because we realise we have so much.

Make a diary in your books for the week of what you can be thankful for. Every day, write about something or someone you are thankful for.

Live the principle of practicing thankfulness


Since 1893, as part of their role as the head of the Catholic Church Popes (including Pope Francis) have ‘looked out their windows’ to ‘mark’ how the world was going in bringing about God’s Kingdom. Sometimes they felt that things were going ok, but often they felt that there were things society was not doing well. In 2004 the Church wrote a summary of all the documents that had been written since 1891 on what the Church thought and published them in a book called The Compendium of the Social Doctrine (Beliefs or Teachings) of the Church.


Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church by The Catholic Church

Principle Image Name Meaning
The principle of Dignity of the Human Person We know that everyone is important and valuable: no one is better than anyone else.
 The principle of Preferential option for the Poor We share what we have so that everyone gets some; we make sure the people who have the least get served first.
 The principle of Stewardship – Care of our common home We remember that the world is everyone’s home (even those people who haven’t been born yet!) and so we don’t mess it up.
The principle of the Common Good We work together so that our community is good for everyone to live in
 The principle of Solidarity We stick together, and when we find that people aren’t being treated well or are being taken advantage of, we work to make it fair for them.
 The principles of Subsidiarity and Participation We make sure everyone gets a chance to talk about decisions. We make sure we include those who will be most affected by any decision.


Choose some of the activities below

Choose 3 principles that you understand draw or write what you do in your home or school to live this principle.

To learn a little bit more about each principle visit the caritas site and read about the cartoon and watch the short videos.


Discuss which principle you think is the most important?

Look at all the principles and put them in order: most important to least important.


The principle of human dignity is the parent principle! It says that everyone is equally important and valuable. Just because you might win prizes, be able to count further or run faster or draw better or earn more money than someone else, doesn’t mean you are better than them. Boys and not better than girls, tall people are not better than short people, people born in Australia are not better than people born in Europe and people who are young are not better than people who are old. The principle of human dignity says that every person is important and precious so people should not be ‘ranked’ by what they can do. People have worth and value and dignity just because they are humans.



Week Beginning 6.7.20 Reception Weekly Overview

Well done to all the children who participated in last week’s Pope Paul Olympics. I hope you had lots of fun doing so! Don’t forget to send your results in! These pictures were sent in by Jack and Eloise!

This week’s story focus is ‘Six Dinner Sid’

We would also like you to join in with the whole school focus- ‘Transition’.

The learning activities below have been designed to celebrate the year that your child has had and ease their transition to their new year group in September. Each day, there is an activity that focuses on a different aspect of the transition process.


  • Make a Worry Monster out of recyclable materials.
  • The Worry Monster will eat/take/hold/have the worries.


  • Draw a picture of what you have most enjoyed this year on the front.
  • On the back, write about what you most enjoyed and why.
  • Give the postcard to a friend as a reminder of what you have done and enjoyed this year.

Wednesday- GOODBYE

    • Make cards for your teachers at school and your teachers at home.(Mummy and Daddy)
    • Reflect on what you particularly enjoyed and are your proudest moments from the year.
    • Discuss the feelings of moving on and moving up.

Thursday- HELLO

    • Write a letter to your new teacher, Mrs Carey.
    • Tell her all about yourself – your name, what you like to be called, age, birthday, favourite subjects, subjects you find tricky, hobbies, interests, pets, favourite colour, who you work well with, etc.…
    • Write any questions you have for Mrs Carey.



  • Create a poster of your summer holiday plans.
  • Things you would like to do in the summer and what you are looking forward to.


 Activities for Six Dinner Sid

Sid is a cat who is addicted to having six meals a day and glories in this lifestyle. Manipulative, persuasive and a charmer he has wrapped everybody round his little paw – each owner believes that Sid belongs to them only . . . until the day he is found out!

Watch a version of the story here: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Six+Dinner+Sid&&view=detail&mid=60C83B8E8EB3FE85BC7D60C83B8E8EB3FE85BC7D&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3DSix%2BDinner%2BSid%26FORM%3DHDRSC4


Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)

  • Talk about your favourite family dinners- when do you special dinners together?

Communication and Language 

  • Six Dinner Sid- Why did Sid decide to live in 6 different houses? Describe how each owner felt about him. Choose one of the words used to describe him, i.e. ‘silly’. Think of other words that are similar that we can use and write them down.
  • Play a rhyming nonsense game- what silly rhyming words can you think of that rhyme with Sid, dinner and six? Take it in turns with your adult. Choose some more words to play with. 

Physical Development

    • Make an animal ambulance from junk modelling materials or construction such as Lego.
    • Make animal hospital buildings for your soft toys.
    • Wrap and tie bandages around different parts of your soft toys.
    • Move around like different animals.
    • Build animal enclosures. 

Expressive Arts and Design 

Understanding the World

  • Find out about the work of the RSPCA and how they help animals in need. https://education.rspca.org.uk/
  • Who helps the animals when they are sick or injured? Find out about the job of a vet.


  • Draw a ‘street’ number line 1-20 independently.
  • Practical problem solving- lay the table for 6 people dining together.
  • Build houses on a street with 3D wooden bricks. Listen to instructions from your adult; for example, drive this car to house number 11. Which number houses are next door? If I drive 3 doors down, what number house will I be at? Keep a record of how many cubes/ cuboids/ cylinders and pyramids you have used. Label each house with a street number. Ask your adult to mix up the houses, then put them in the correct order.
  • Create money for your pet shop/vets.
  • Make animal pictures using sticky shapes.
  • Sort or find things that are grouped into sets of 6. E.g. 6 eggs
  • Look out for door numbers when you are out and about. What is the biggest number you saw?


  • Draw and label pictures of your pet or a pet that you wish you could have.
  • Write medical notes in your vets role- play area.
  • Create posters and labels for your pet shop.
  • Write out some instructions explaining how to look after an animal of your choice.

Phonics- It is highly important that your child practises their letter sounds and tricky words and applies them through a reading and writing activity daily. Reading will help improve their vocabulary and a child’s academic success depends upon the ability to read and write and so this should be a priority.

Please do the daily Department for Education (DFE) ‘Letters and Sounds’ live phonics lesson.


To show that RE is a special learning time, we always light a candle to mark the beginning of lesson and ask ‘Who is with us when we light the candle?’ and ‘Who do we learn about in our RE lesson?’

We then say the school’s Mission Prayer together.

Please see the separate RE blog for the whole school learning focus.

Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend!

The Reception Team

The feast of St Peter and St Paul

Please log onto the live stream at OLSV  church for Mass  at 9.30 am as we celebrate a school Mass for our school patron St Paul VI.

Yesterday  we celebrated the twin founders of the Church in Rome. Both St. Paul and St. Peter proved that they were committed and faithful disciples by laying down their lives for Jesus and His Gospel.  St. Paul was beheaded and St. Peter was crucified upside down.

Read about their lives in the link below


Read the Gospel that is read in Church on the feast of St Peter and St Paul

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19

Jesus went to the territory near the town of Caesarea Philippi, where he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

“Some say John the Baptist,” they answered. “Others say Elijah, while others say Jeremiah or some other prophet.”

“What about you?” he asked them. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

“Good for you, Simon son of John!” answered Jesus. “For this truth did not come to you from any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven. And so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”

The Gospel of the Lord

Why did Jesus give Simon Peter a new name and the keys to the kingdom?

Simon Peter recognised and believed that Jesus was the Son of God. He had great faith and was willing to put that faith into words but also into actions.

Because of Peter’s great faith, Jesus gave him the keys to the kingdom of Heaven. What are keys usually used for?

Keys lock doors, but they also open them. As a disciple, Peter spent his time sharing Jesus’ message with other people. He opened their hearts to God’s love, just like a key opens a door.


We can open our hearts by taking some time to stop and listen, to pray and to try to hear what Jesus is asking us to do. We can show our faith in our prayers and in our actions. We can try to follow Jesus’ commandments to love God and to love our neighbour. We can be kind and generous to others and we can try to make the world a fairer place where all people get what they need.


Can you think of some key words that show us what Jesus asks us to do? (eg. love, believe, forgive, give, share, hope etc)

These are just like the keys to God’s kingdom – which open us up to God’s love.

This week let’s try to be more loving, more forgiving and more generous to others. Let us try to bring hope to others. And let’s try to open our hearts to welcome Jesus in.

What will you do this week to show your faith in Jesus and to welcome him into your heart?

Draw a large outline of a  key and write  or draw what you will do to open your heart to Jesus in the coming week or the “key words” that sum up what Jesus asks us to do.

Key pattern. Use the printable outline for crafts, creating ...