Week 10: 15th October

This week was Anti-bullying week and the main focus this year is ‘Change starts with us.’

Here at Pope Paul we are proud to support Anti-Bullying Week and the children participated in a range of activities  to raise awareness. They also took part in a workshop ‘This is Me’ and learnt about how unique they are and how it is important to accept people as they are.

In Maths, the children have continued with introducing equal sum as a strategy using bead strings as an aid.

In RE the children examined the Liturgical Year Calendar and revisited their understanding of Advent.


On Tuesday, we had our class mass on the theme of The Eucharist. The children read, sang and prepared well.  As each child played a part in the mass, the mass was a special time for all and we thank you, the parents and carers, and thank the parishioners who came as well.  Having parents and carers/friends present made the mass even more special for us.

The children had a focus on remembrance on Monday in class and made a lovely remembrance focus in class before attending the whole school 2 minute silence reflection at 11am.

This morning straight after assembly, the children walked to Oakmere Library for a wonderful performance of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ presented by Philip for Booster Cushion Theatre.  They were captivated from the start and came away full of inspiration about this story. A number of the children were chosen to take part in the show and the ‘humbugs’ and ‘gold coins’ that were given to them went down a treat!  We hope that you heard lots about it too when the children got home.

Homework: :           Prefixes ‘in-’, ‘il-’, ‘im-’ and ‘ir-’

inactive, incorrect, incredible, inaccurate, indirect, immature, immobile, impossible, impatient, impolite

Practise your 3, 4 and 6 timestables!

Mathletics and SPAG.com

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara     Ms Varga

Week 9: 8th November, 2019

This week the children have been working hard in many areas of their learning.

In English, they have begun their new unit on Mythical Magic which will be focusing on Roman Myths.  They wrote about their own Gods and Goddesses and will be using these as a writing resource next week.

In Maths the class have been looking at arrays and skip counting.  Using a hundred square they have been discovering patterns when skipping in 3s and 4s and describing the patterns using words such as diagonal, column and row.  The children have also been using the Think 10/100/1000 strategy in answering maths calculations.

In Science they looked at finding patters between the volume of sound and the pitch.  In PE they continued with the focus of invasion games looking at the skill of dribbling.  I can confirm that their skills in this area were fabulous to watch!

In Music the children have continued with Kaz and learnt to follow a round of beats.  Well done to Mia, Lola and Aidan who were chosen to be the leaders when performing this round.

In RE the focus has been on Judasim where the children have learnt about the Torah being the sacred text of the Jewish people and how the Torah refers to the five books of Moses. They also spent time to understand what festivals are connected to the Torah and learnt about Simchat Torah. Simchat Torah celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle.

Homework for this weekend is Mathletics and Spag.com.

We have a Class Mass on the theme of the Eucharist next Tuesday and invite you to come and celebrate this with the children.

Have a lovely weekend.

Ms Varga and Mrs McNamara

PS: Have you checked out our class video on the Extraordinary Month of Mission?






Mission Rosary

Week 8: 25th October

One World Week

A fabulous week of learning in Year 4 as we studied Madagascar as part of our topic work.

Please look below to gain an insight into some of the things that Year 4 got up to this week:

Locating Madagascar and developing our understanding of using 4-figure grid references was one of the activities that the children learnt about.

Making a chameleon and learning about the wildlife of Madagascar gave the children insight into how it is home to some of the most unique and unusual species of wildlife in the whole world. Madagascar hosts lemurs, fossas, aye-ayes, and a number of other species found nowhere else in the world.  Most of the species found in Madagascar are endemic, meaning they cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Our Madagascan Wildlife Display.
The children also learnt to play a 700 year old Malagasy Game: Fanorona (Malagasy pronunciation: [fə̥ˈnurnə̥]).  It is a strategy board game for two players and is indigenous to Madagascar.  The children loved playing it and felt that it was challenging, exciting but that they needed to be tactical in playing it.  I have sent home the outline of the game for you to play at home as well!
Even Ms Hilton was challenged !

We continued our Topic Work on finding out about the Vanilla Trade and Madagascar’s economy.

In RE we finished our work on psalms and our act of worship today was focused on the remaining days of the Extraordinary Month of Mission.  Each of the children received a special Missio bookmark and prayed that they will continue to spread God’s love among those they meet – keeping God’s mission alive.  Thank you to Darcie for taking photos of our prayer time.

Finally, it was lovely to see so many of you today at the Harvest Assembly and afterwards in class for your child to celebrate their learning with you.

Thank you for your generous contributions.

Have a wonderful half-term.

Mrs McNamara    Ms Varga



Week 7: 18th October, 2019

This week we have continued to enjoy writing towards our non-chronological report on Joan Procter.  The children have been adding subordinating conjunctions and relative clauses to improve their writing further.

In RE we have been looking at the importance of being a missionary as this is the extraordinary month of mission.  They have been discussing about prayer and how they pray.  The children have also examined the rosary as another way to show the importance of prayer and have created some lovely pictures about the various mysteries.

Missio Prayer 2019

In Maths the children have continued with practising their timetables and moved from rounding to a strategy called ‘think 10’ to assist them in solving addition and subtraction calculations.

There’ll be more of this in the week to come.

In History, the children have learnt about Roman Roads and were fascinated in plotting the major roads that were built by the Romans using an atlas.

Home Learning is based on our focus for One World Week: Madagascar.  Please encourage your child to research things about this country and create either an information poster, fact file or leaflet of their choice. There is no Mathletics set for this week or Spag.com.

As was mentioned to you during Parent Consultations a link to pay for the timetables booklet has been organised.

The cost of the book is £1.00.

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs McNamara

Week 6: 11th October

This week in Year 4 we have continued with our focus on Joan Procter the Dragon Doctor.  The children have examined and researched about her life as they will be writing their own Non-Chronological Report about Joan next week.  In grammar, they have been working on understanding the use of factual adjectives and fronted adverbials which they will use in their writing also.

In Maths, we are continuing with the work on rounding to the nearest 10/100/1000.

In Science, the children have continued with their work on investigating sound using balloons, tuning forks, metre sticks and tennis balls!

In History, the children did a role play activity on Emperor Claudius to find out why he decided to leave sunny Italy and invade cold, wet Britain!  They were to act as advisers to Claudius and convince him to invade. Mrs Heymoz was  in the hot seat as Emperor Claudius and was delighted by their reasons for invasion.

This afternoon, the children took turns to use our new climbing frame and it went down a treat!  Thank you to FOPPS and all parents who have helped in raising money through the various events during the year.  It will be an added bonus to our play times.

Home Learning is:

Mathletics (Rounding) and SPAG (Fronted Adverbials).

The children will be having their spelling test on Monday on the following words:

buy, by, reign, rain, flour, flower, great, grate, cereal, serial.

Have a lovely weekend.


Mrs McNamara  Ms Varga


Week 5 October 4th, 2019

With many things happening this week, the children have been kept busy busy!

One of the highlights for the class this week has been their class assembly and the reptile and skipping workshops. In English we are studying a non-fiction text: ‘Joan Procter, The Dragon Doctor’ – the woman who loved reptiles by Patricia Valdez and in Maths we have begun our work on rounding.  In RE we have continued to look at the importance of stewardship, discussing what Pope Francis has asked us to do – to care for our common home. This linked well with our assembly on St Francis.

Each of the children spoke in the assembly and I was very proud to hear them speak in front of an audience.  They retold the story of St Francis well.  Well done!  They were very excited to have their family and friends at the assembly also…thank you for your continued support.

On Wednesday Richard came from the Reptile Workshop and the children thoroughly enjoyed this experience.  At first some of them were slightly apprehensive but over the session, they engaged and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!  Hope that you enjoy the photos.

Homework has been set:  Mathletics , Spag.com (direct speech) and spellings.

Spellings for this week are:

cereal, serial, by, buy, flower, flour, great, grate, reign, rain

Focus is homophones.





Week 4 27th September

This week has been another one in which the children have worked hard in all subjects.

In Maths they have continued with their work on regrouping and also learnt about Roman Numerals using the story of 61 as a stimulus. In English, they have written their first draft of their creature poems based on the Small Dragon poem by Brian Patten (https://www.poetryarchive.org/poem/small-dragon) and have been editing their work.  In RE the children have learnt about the beliefs of the Creation story and about the legacy of St Vincent.

A hit this week in our spelling sessions was the ‘Word Wager’ Game.  The children embraced the challenge of learning their spellings in another way and have said that they found this a great way to learn their spellings.  As a result, we had lots of happy children after their spelling test this morning!

Home Learning is an RE focus.  A letter has come home with the children. Please click here to see a copy:

RE Home Learning Year of the Word


This week’s spellings are:  peace, piece, main, mane, fair, fare, bear, bare, blew, blue   (homophones)

Wishing you a lovely weekend.


Mrs McNamara     Ms Varga



Week 3 20th September

Year 4  had a busy start to their week.

The children carried out a practical investigation in Science by making a lot of ‘noise’ on the field. They used musical instruments to investigate the relationship between volume and distance as part of their Sound unit for Science this half term.

In English, the children used role play to bring their characters alive from our poetry unit. They acted as Nymphs and Goblins with great expression!

Well done to Manus, Phoebe and Megan who read the bidding prayers during our Beginning of School Year Mass on Tuesday morning.  They showed great reverence and confidence.

Also this week the children met Kaz who will be teaching them how to play the djembe drums this term. They were fully engrossed in her lesson.  Well done to Elena who was noticed for her ‘at rest’ seating position ( a seating position that the children need to display when the drums are not being played) and congratulations to Elizabeth who was the winner of the rhythm game at the end of the lesson.

Homework has been set: Mathletics and SPAG.com

Spellings and Reading (Children must update their logs and write their logs in pencil NOT pen).

This week’s spellings are:  pleasure, treasure, measure, closure, enclosure, leisure, exposure, certain, circle, disappear.

We wish you and your family a lovely weekend.

Week 2: 13th September

It was lovely to meet many of the parents at our Year 4 Meet the Teacher Meeting on Wednesday.

We look forward to working with you this year.

This week has been a busy one.  Deacon Axcel came to meet the children and we look forward to spending time with him this year.  In RE we have continued our work at looking at the story of creation in the book of Genesis.  The children have read and discussed the first account of the story of creation in Genesis.

In English we examined poems and used drama as a means of exploring their meaning.  The children have worked hard in building their vocabulary to assist them in their descriptive writing.

In Maths we have continued to learn more about place value and regrouping.  This week in French, the children have worked with their partner on saying hello and goodbye in French; saying what they are called; and taking part in a French poem.


Home Learning has been set and explained to the children.

Mathletics:  focus is place value

Spag.com:   Grammar focus

Spellings this week:    accident, actual, address, answer, appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath, breathe.

1 home learning 13th Sept

Have a lovely weekend.