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!

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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.

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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.

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This week’s home learning is here.

Miss Donatantonio


Year 6 – 10/11/17

Since half term in Year 6:

  • Writing inspired by the outdoors

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  • A trip to the Wyllyotts to see Hamlet

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  • Working on balances in PE

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


  • Starting our new Science topic about the human body

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  • Doing Fitter Futures with their Reception partners

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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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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



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!

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

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

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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


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

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This week’s home learning letter is here.

Have a great weekend.

Miss Donatantonio


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



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.

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

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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!

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


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

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This week’s Home Learning letter is here.

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

Miss Donatantonio


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!

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

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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!

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

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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.

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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


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!

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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 …


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