IMG_0269

Year 6 – 17/11/17

Schools around the country have this week been taking part in Anti-Bullying week. The focus has been that each of us is different, yet we are all equal. We have been reflecting on our class book, Wonder, in which the main character is treated differently because of facial defects he was born with. We also looked at the lyrics to the song Beautiful, by Christina Aguilera, discussed the complexities of cyber bullying, and meditated on a passage from Scripture in which we are told not to judge others when we ourselves have plenty of imperfections.

Each class in the school has been studying the book ‘Traction Man’ and in Year 6 we have been exploring the humour within the story. On Monday, the children role-played the various missions that Traction Man accomplishes in the story, and on Wednesday, we held a press conference for Traction Man and questioned him about his heroic deeds!

IMG_0259 IMG_0261 IMG_0262 IMG_0267 IMG_0268 IMG_0269 IMG_0271 IMG_0272 IMG_0274 IMG_0275

In Science this week, we learnt about the circulatory system and acted out the journey of the red blood cell as it is pumped around the body.

IMG_0296 IMG_0298

We continued our PE gymnastics unit, focusing this week on floor movements. They worked hard to improve their forward and backward rolls so that they could stand them up at the end.

IMG_0286 IMG_0288

This week’s home learning is here.

Miss Donatantonio

IMG_0183

Year 6 – 10/11/17

Since half term in Year 6:

  • Writing inspired by the outdoors

IMG_0181 IMG_0182 IMG_0183 IMG_0184 IMG_0185 IMG_0186 IMG_0187

  • A trip to the Wyllyotts to see Hamlet

IMG_0188 IMG_0192

  • Working on balances in PE

IMG_0227 IMG_0228 IMG_0229 IMG_0230 IMG_0233 IMG_0234 IMG_0235 IMG_0237 IMG_0238

  • The Fairtrade Group packing up the Harvest Festival donations to be delivered to the SVP Society

IMG_0239

  • Starting our new Science topic about the human body

IMG_0241 IMG_0242 IMG_0243

  • Doing Fitter Futures with their Reception partners

IMG_0246 IMG_0247 IMG_0250 IMG_0253 IMG_0256

This week, we also had our class Mass. You were a credit to yourselves and to the school in the way you participated so beautifully. I was an extremely proud teacher. Thank you to all the parents who attended the celebration; it was a fantastic turnout.

Home learning for this week – click here.

Enjoy the weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

IMG_0104

Year 6 – One World Week 2017

What a week we’ve had! Year 6 celebrated One World Week by focusing on a particular country – in our case, Poland.

The week kicked off with a geography quiz on Poland, which put Y6’s atlas skills to the test. We learnt that a total of 7 countries border Poland and that it has a coastline on the Baltic Sea.

IMG_0086 IMG_0087 IMG_0088 IMG_0089 IMG_0090 IMG_0091 IMG_0092 IMG_0093 IMG_0094

Our Polish history learning took us to Auschwitz and the culmination of anti-Semitism in WW2. The children wrote poems to reflect on the atrocities of the Holocaust, and I have to say that I was blown away with the quality of writing from the class.IMG_0176 IMG_0177IMG_0178 IMG_0179 IMG_0180

Following on from this, we learnt about the life and sacrifice of St Maximilian Kolbe in RE. Kolbe was a Polish priest imprisoned in Auschwitz for trying to help the Jews during the war. He volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the death camp, because the stranger had a family. We looked at the Beatitudes that Kolbe lived out through his sacrifice.

With the help of Gloria’s mum and Mrs McDonald, the children all had a go at making Pierogi (Polish dumplings). We filled ours with strawberry jam, but the variations are endless, both sweet and savoury.

IMG_0133 IMG_0135 IMG_0136 IMG_0132 IMG_0131 IMG_0126 IMG_0127 IMG_0130 IMG_0122 IMG_0123 IMG_0121 IMG_0120 IMG_0119 IMG_0118 IMG_0116 IMG_0115 IMG_0114 IMG_0113 IMG_0110 IMG_0109 IMG_0107 IMG_0106 IMG_0104IMG_20171018_193703

In Art, we used the Polish paper-cutting technique called Wycinanki. Using symmetry, the children cut intricate designs based around nature – particularly trees and roosters, as is traditional. They really took their time to make some fabulous designs.

IMG_0095 IMG_0096 IMG_0097 IMG_0098 IMG_0099 IMG_0100 IMG_0101 IMG_0102 IMG_0103IMG_20171020_173826800IMG_20171020_173820340IMG_20171020_173758354IMG_20171020_173748001IMG_20171020_173739106IMG_20171020_173734648

We also learnt a Polish song about passing bananas on a ship, which became a real tongue twister as the tempo got faster and faster!

Well done for the wonderful research on Poland that you brought in for your Home Learning this week. You put a lot of effort into those, and it looks like you all learnt a lot through doing it; there are certainly a lot of facts that you’ve taught me! Thank you to Gloria for showing and telling the class about traditional Polish clothes – the embroidery was amazing!

IMG_0140 IMG_0142 IMG_0144 IMG_0145IMG_20171020_174511099 IMG_20171020_174501208 IMG_20171020_174453752

Finally, we were treated on Friday afternoon to an exciting workshop with the Young Shakespeare Company. The children acted out Hamlet whilst predicting what would happen next. We definitely have some budding actors among us, and we are all really looking forward to going to the Wyllyotts after half term to see the play being acted out by professionals!

IMG_0147 IMG_0161 IMG_0166 IMG_0171 IMG_0175

Thank you to all the parents that came along to our Celebration Morning to have a look at the children’s learning from this week and the rest of the half-term. I am so proud of how hard the class have worked over the past seven weeks. Well done for putting so much effort into your learning; you deserve a nice break! Have a great half-term everyone, and I’ll see you all nice and refreshed on Monday 30th.

Miss Donatantonio

Half-term Home Learning letter

 

IMG_0050

Year 6 – 13/10/17

In Maths this week, the children have been using the skill of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 to solve problems and investigations.

In English, they have drafted a short story based on the poignant film, The Piano. These will be edited next week and added to their writing portfolios.

Our Science learning took us into the playground this week to make a giant human electrical circuit. Using our bodies as conductors and an energy tube that flashes when the circuit is complete, we investigated which materials were conductors or insulators of electricity. We were all intrigued to find that a leaf is a conductor because of the moisture in it, as well as a lemon and a potato! If you come across any objects over the weekend and you’re curious to know if it conducts electricity or not, bring it in on Monday and we’ll put it to the test!

IMG_0064 IMG_0067 IMG_0068 IMG_0070 IMG_0072 IMG_0074 IMG_0077 IMG_0078 IMG_0079 IMG_0081

Our circuit training module in PE came to a close this week with a cardio blast. Well done for pushing yourselves until the end!

IMG_0030 IMG_0031 IMG_0039 IMG_0041 IMG_0042 IMG_0044 IMG_0049 IMG_0050 IMG_0052 IMG_0053 IMG_0056 IMG_0058 IMG_0060

In art, we experimented with a wax-resist technique by using white crayons and black water colours.

IMG_0061 IMG_0062 IMG_0063

Next week is One World Week, during which we will be learning all about Poland (correction from original letter). For Home Learning this week, all children in the school are asked to carry out a research project on their class’ country and present it how they wish. For more information and ideas, the letter is here.

The week will culminate with Friday’s Celebration Morning, when you have the opportunity to see the children’s projects and everything that they have been learning about and creating related to Poland! I hope to see lots of you then.

Miss Donatantonio

DSC09897

Year 6 – Trip to Bletchley Park

This week in Year 6, we had our first main class trip of the year. As part of our History topic on WW2, we spent the day at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes. This was the most secret location in England during the war, where female code breakers worked day and night, deciphering the coded German radio transmissions. Ultimately, their monotonous but incredible work won us the war.

Here is a recount of our day, written by Daniel and Jessica:

When we arrived, we watched a brief video of how Bletchley Park affected the war. Then we went to a gallery to have a look at lots of machines and equipment used to crack codes. There were even 2 working Bombe machines! After lunch, we were given a guided tour of the grounds. The tour guide told us that the 54 acres in Bletchley Park only cost £6000! Then we were taken to a big garage where there was a motorbike. The bikes were used to transport different codes to different places. He also took us to a courtyard where a bomb had landed but had never gone off! Some say it’s still there… Finally, we had an Inception and Intelligence workshop, where we decoded and deciphered Morse Code to be able to locate German ships in the Atlantic.

Things we learnt:

“I learnt that the code cracking machine is called the Bombe” – Grace

“I learnt about Morse Code” – Harvey

“I learnt that girls were very important in WW2” – Martyna

“I learnt that Polish mathematicians played a big part in Bletchley Park’s success” – Asti

“I learnt how they chose the girls that came to work at Bletchley Park” – Nathan

“I learnt that code breaking was a big part of the war” – Ben

“I learnt that girls had to do a tough interview to do the code breaking” – Maisy

“I learnt that Bletchley Park was a secret place” – Rory

“I learnt how to make words in Morse Code” – Tom

“I learnt that  the people who worked at Bletchley Park didn’t know what it was for” – Jan

“I learnt how important girls were in WW2” – Meghan

“I learnt that when Germany invaded Poland, some people hid in the sewers” – Deji

“I learnt that the Enigma Machine was worth more money than Bletchley Park itself” – Madeline

“I learnt that the Germans never knew about Bletchley Park during WW2” – James

“I learnt that everyday the Germans changed the code, so the code breakers had to start again” – Krystian

“I learnt that Polish people helped England during the war” – Gloria

DSC09834 DSC09837 DSC09839 DSC09846 DSC09851 DSC09857 DSC09859 DSC09862 DSC09865 DSC09876 DSC09879 DSC09881 DSC09883 DSC09885 DSC09888 DSC09890 DSC09891 DSC09893 DSC09895 DSC09897 DSC09900 DSC09905 DSC09906 DSC09909 DSC09910 DSC09911 DSC09912 DSC09913 DSC09914 DSC09915 DSC09917 DSC09918 DSC09920 DSC09922 DSC09926DSC09930 DSC09931

This week’s home learning letter is here.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

20170930_092806

Pre Season at Pope Paul

Netball at Mount Grace.

On Wednesday our A team travelled to Mount Grace School for an inter schools netball tournament. We played 5 matches, winning 5 and narrowly losing 1. With 23 nets scored and finishing 1st in our pool the season ahead looks bright. Thank you to the parents and Miss Donatantion for your side line support. Well done to Ellie who was awarded player of the tournament.

Squad picture to follow.

Football at Mount Grace

On Saturday our A team played in an inter schools tournament at Mount Grace where we finished 2nd in our pool, reaching the semi final against Wroxham A. We played brilliantly and had many chances but unfortunately lost in the dying seconds, finishing 3rd over all. Thank you once again parents for your support and well done boys, fantastic sportsmanship and teamwork. I can’t wait for the season to begin. Well done to Rory who was player of the tournament.

Miss Pringle

20170930_100541

DSC09740

Year 6 – 29/09/17

It has been a particularly special week for the children of Pope Paul, as we celebrated the feast day of one of our school saints: Saint Vincent de Paul. Well done to all those in Year 6 who took part in Wednesday evening’s mass; you set a wonderful example to all.

On Tuesday, Year 6 visited Potters Bar Museum to hear about our town during the Second World War. It was fascinating to hear 88-year-old Terry’s memoirs as a child during the war, especially those about when he would look for shrapnel and unexploded incendiary bombs after an air raid. We were all surprised to hear that they only had to go to school for about 2 hours a day because of the lack of teachers, and the children especially enjoyed passing around the empty shells and trying on tin helmets worn by the Home Guard.

DSC09704 DSC09709 DSC09712 DSC09714 DSC09720

The children showed great teamwork this week in Science by investigating the effect the number of batteries has on the brightness of a lamp.

DSC09730 DSC09733 DSC09740 DSC09748 DSC09751 DSC09753 DSC09757

Our Fairtrade Leaders represented the school on Friday morning by going down to the church to assist with the Macmillan Coffee morning that was taking place there. Well done!

IMG_0010 IMG_0011 IMG_0014

In other news, look how well our Dig For Victory seedlings are growing, 2 weeks after sowing!

DSC09794

Here are some final photos of Year 6’s time with their Reception reading partners this week:

DSC09758 DSC09761 DSC09764 DSC09766 DSC09769 DSC09774 DSC09776 DSC09778 DSC09782 DSC09784

This week’s Home Learning letter is here.

Next week, we have our trip to Bletchley Park! Until then, enjoy your weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

IMG_0129

Year 6 – 22/09/17

Well done Year 6 for delivering your assembly on Rosh Hashanah so well this morning – you did yourselves proud as the leaders of the school!

IMG_0153 IMG_0155 IMG_0160

English learning this week has seen the children really honing their editing skills. Here they are wearing their official Editing Passes!

IMG_0091 IMG_0092 IMG_0093 IMG_0094 IMG_0095

The class got their first taster of SATs practice this week by sitting a set of past maths papers. Well done to all for trying your hardest.

Our WW2 learning continued with the children experiencing the need to ‘Make Do and Mend’. We learnt about how people were encouraged to reuse and up-cycle old clothes during the war, when availability of goods was limited. Armed with a needle, thread and a worn-out sock, we then had a go at darning!

IMG_0130 IMG_0132 IMG_0133 IMG_0135 IMG_0137 IMG_0138 IMG_0139 IMG_0140 IMG_0141 IMG_0142 IMG_0143 IMG_0144 IMG_0145 IMG_0146 IMG_0150 IMG_0151 IMG_0152

Along with the rest of the school, Y6 enjoyed the launch of the new Fitter Futures initiative.

IMG_0100 IMG_0102 IMG_0104 IMG_0107 IMG_0127 IMG_0128 IMG_0129

Once again, the children finished off the week with their Reception partners. Taking advantage of the beautiful weather, they sat in the Reception outdoor learning area, reading to their buddies.

IMG_0166 IMG_0167 IMG_0168 IMG_0169 IMG_0171 IMG_0172 IMG_0173 IMG_0174 IMG_0177 IMG_0179 IMG_0180 IMG_0181 IMG_0182 IMG_0185 IMG_0186 IMG_0187 IMG_0190 IMG_0191 IMG_0192 IMG_0193 IMG_0194

For this week’s Home Learning letter, click here.

Remember to take a photo if you cook this week’s wartime dish, Bacon and Macaroni!

Request to parents: Following the letter that went out on Thursday regarding our visit next Tuesday afternoon to Potters Bar Museum, I am still in need of 2 parent helpers. Please let me know on Monday if you are available.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Miss Donatantonio

182

Meet Our Year 6 Reading Partners

On Friday, we met our Year 6 Reading Partners and had lots of fun getting to know them! Some of the Reception children were a little camera shy and decided not to pose for a picture. Look closely and you will probably see them playing in the background!

207 206 204 203 202  199 198 197 196 195 194 192 191 190 189 188 187 186 183 182 181 180 177 176 175 174 173 172 171 170

 

Lyrics for Assembly Song (Apples and Honey)

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,

Happy New Year!

 

We bite on the apple
It’s so good to eat,
We lick all the honey,
It’s oh so sweet;

 

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!

 

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!

 

The old year is past
What shall we do?
Out with the old
In with the new!

 

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!

 

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!

 

The shofar sounds
Loud and strong;
Have we been good?
Have we done wrong?

 

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!

 

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!

 

The synagogue’s full,
The prayers ring out.
We try hard to listen
But we only think about …
(‘Mmmmmm…’)

 

Apples and honey
Rosh Hashana!
Crisp and sweet and runny,
Happy New Year!