Year 6 Week Beginning 20.5.24

After a long week of SATs last week, Spirituality Week was exactly what Year 6 needed this week!

The children shared this special week with the rest of the school, participating in activities focussing on mindfulness, reflectiveness and making connections with both God and nature. On Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, The liturgy, Fairtrade and Laudato Si leaders led each class through the different prayer stations and were wonderful role models to the younger children!

It was so lovely to see so many of you at the Pentecost celebration after school on Wednesday. Thank you so much to the families who donated food and time, in order to make this celebration a huge success!

The children were very excited to find out the name of their end of year production this week and have taken home some lines today, ready for auditions on the Monday after half term.

Wishing you all a wonderful, restful half term break,

Ms Pemberton



Year 6 Week Beginning 17.5.24

What a week Year 6 have had!!

The class worked so incredibly hard with their SATs this week; we were so proud of them all! To celebrate, the children enjoyed a post SATs party with lots of fun and games yesterday afternoon!

Today, Year 6 had a fantastic time on their trip to the Houses of Parliament. Please see photos and ask your child to tell you all about it!

Have a well deserved rest this weekend, ready for Spirituality Week, next week!

Ms Pemberton

Year 6 Week Beginning 6.5.24

This week seems to have flown by, due to the bank holiday on Monday!

On Tuesday, Sofia-Rose, Christoph and the liturgy leaders led the whole school in the May Procession, in honour of Our Lady. Once in the Peace Garden, Christoph and Sofia-Rose crowned Mary before assisting the rest of the school with the laying of flowers. Thank you so much for your beautiful flower donations!


It has been so wonderful to finally see some warm, dry weather! The field was dried out enough to have PE on it today, (which was very exciting),and the children finally had the space they needed to really spread out and play cricket. To take full advantage of the weather and field, Year 6 also organised some sports games for the Reception children this afternoon.

Year 6, you have worked so hard in preparation for your SATs next week; I am so proud of every single one of you.

This weekend try to get outside, have fun and enjoy the sunshine.

On Sunday, try and get lots of rest and have an early night. Get organised the night before, so that you don’t put yourself under unnecessary pressure, and if you have a tendency to be late, set an alarm a little earlier than usual, so that you arrive calm and focussed.

On Monday morning, make sure that you have a good breakfast.

You will all be amazing!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Ms Pemberton


Year 6 Week Beginning 29.4.24

Another busy week has flown by in Year 6!

The children have continued to work hard this week and in Maths, have been revising the topic measures, using both the metric and imperial systems. They have also been completing work on statistics, as well as daily arithmetic work. The busy timetable has also been punctuated with fun activities, such as learning how to make origami and meeting up with their Reception reading partners.

Sadly, the May Procession didn’t take place as planned today, due to the weather; it has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday morning.

Home learning this week is:

Reading comprehension

Maths measures

Please revise all the SPaG definitions given to you previously and try your best to commit them to memory.

Please also have a practice of this hymn that we are hoping to sing for next Thursday’s Ascension Mass (lyrics below).

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Pemberton

1. One sacrifice of Christ,
one throne above the heavens.
Christ has risen as he said,
and will come to wake the dead.
Christ will return to set us free.

One sacrifice of love,
one message for the nations:
Jesus suffered, died and rose,
and ascended to the throne.
Christ will return to save the world.

2. One gaze we lift above,
where Love was drawn to heaven.
We stand watchful through the night
for our King to come in light,
heirs to the glory of the Lamb.

One mighty Word of truth:
Christ did arise in triumph.
Now he sits upon the throne;
God’s right hand is he alone.
Christ reigns in splendour over all.

3. One banquet richly set
for all God’s holy people.
We will dine in joy and peace,
and our song will never cease,
praising the Lamb upon the throne.

One shout of joy we raise,
one voice in exaltation.
For in glory Christ has gone,
and in hope we now are drawn
to one sacrifice of Christ,
one sacrifice of Christ.

Year 6 Week Beginning 22.4.24

This week, Year 6 have continued to work hard in preparation for their upcoming SATs, which take place in a couple of weeks. In order to help them deal with any anxiety that they are feeling about them (and indeed any other situation that the children are currently worrying about), the class took part in an exam stress workshop with Beth Cullen, who is an Educational Mental Health Practitioner from the Hertsmere Mental Health Support Team.

She spoke to the children about:

  • What anxiety​ is and how our bodies and minds react to it
  • The Fight, Flight, Freeze response and what this feels like​
  • The impact of anxious thoughts ​
  • The power of positive thinking​
  • Handling worries and anxiety​
  • The power of self-care​

The children had the opportunity to create their own self-care plan, which Beth suggested they displayed in their bedrooms.

She also shared the following two videos:

Meet the animals that live in your brain!

Fight Flight Freeze – A Guide to Anxiety for Kids

Beth will be visiting Year 6 again after half term to talk about how they are feeling about transferring to secondary school.

Home learning this week:

Year 6 Week Beginning 15.4.24

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Welcome back!

The children have returned to school with a wonderful attitude towards their learning and have worked extremely hard this week, preparing for SATs in a few weeks time.

In RE, Year 6 created some beautiful Resurrection art, which will be displayed above our prayer table in class.

In PE today, the class were introduced to their new topic- cricket; they had lots of fun playing target games, in order to improve their throwing and catching skills!


Year 6 were also reunited with their reading partners this afternoon, after the long Easter break away from each other.

Well done to Amber and Christoph, who both wrote and led a lovely whole school assembly about St Bernadette , along with some of their friends from St Bernadette house, this morning.

To celebrate the Feast of St Bernadette (which was on Tuesday), Amber and Christoph generously baked cakes for their house, which they shared during their extra playtime this morning!

Home Learning

You have all worked so hard this week and deserve a good rest and so this week’s home learning is optional.

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Pemberton

Year 6 Week Beginning 25.3.24

It’s hard to believe that we have reached the end of the second term and that Easter is this weekend!

On Tuesday, Year 6 led the KS2 Way of the Cross service for the families of the school and parish. As usual, the children made everyone proud with their reverence and their beautiful acting and singing. Thank you for supporting your child with this.

Yesterday, Year 6 also demonstrated their wonderful leadership qualities, by organising a special Lenten outdoor activity session for KS1 and KS2 children. Well done in particular to the sports captains: Naomi, Ellis, Siena, Caitlin, Ollie.

Home Learning over the Easter holidays

Testbase- work through as many of the SATs practice questions that you can.



Reading Comprehension–

Spelling Shed– Year 5 and 6 spelling list games

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter and restful break,

Ms Pemberton

Year 6 Week Beginning 18.3.24

Another week has simply flown by again!

This week, Year 6 have been very busy preparing for ‘The Way of the Cross‘ service, which they will be leading, next Tuesday evening.

Please note: The children have all been asked to wear black as a base colour- costumes will be provided on the night; if your child is a reader however, they will need to wear their winter school uniform.

On Thursday, the children had a wonderful time at the Deepening the Mystery – ‘Unexpected Treasures of Art’ exhibition, at the The Focolare Centre for Unity, in Welwyn Garden City. The exhibition itself is part of the travelling Methodist Modern Art Collection and includes some of the most powerful and arresting religious art pieces of the 20th and 21st centuries. The children took part in a workshop, where they got to explore the stories behind the paintings and made links with their own Catholic faith. The staff who led the session were very impressed by the children’s RE knowledge and their outstanding behaviour! You can browse some of the collection by clicking on the link below:

Today in PE, Year 6 had lots of fun putting together their own haka dances and performing them to each other. A haka is a traditional Māori dance involving synchronised movements, often involving the aspect of challenge. The haka has been made world-famous by the New Zealand All Blacks rugby team. They are often performed in groups and can demonstrate a tribe’s power, pride, and solidarity.

Maths home learning project

Create your own knowledge organiser/ revision poster focussing on the properties of shape. Choose some regular/ irregular polygons that you feel less knowledgeable about: e.g. trapezium, kite, rhombus, parallelogram, pentagon, hexagon, octagon and different types of triangles.

Include where possible:

  • number of sides
  • length of sides (regular, irregular)
  • how sides relate to each other (parallel, perpendicular, adjacent, opposite)
  • number of angles
  • types of angles (acute, obtuse, reflex, right angle)
  • diagonals
  • lines of symmetry.

As mentioned in class, these will need to be brought back on Monday, as we will be using them in the lesson.

Other home learning:

  • Please continue to practise your readings and songs for Tuesday night’s performance at the church.
  • Continue reading.

Thank you!

Have a lovely weekend,

Ms Pemberton

Year 6 Week Beginning 11.3.24

This week, Year 6 joined the rest of the school in celebrating British Science Week; the theme this year was ‘Time’.

To kick start the week off, the children were asked the BIG QUESTION-

Does taller mean faster?

Initially, and after much debate, the children decided that they thought that taller did in fact mean that you would be quicker, due to your legs being longer and therefore covering more ground, more quickly. They were asked to put the question to the test.

First, they planned their test, thinking carefully about how they were going to ensure that it was fair.  They then measured one another’s legs from hip to ankle and plotted the measurements on a table.

Then the class went outside onto the playground and began their tests, recording results as they happened!

Back in class, the children reflected on their results and represented these on a dual bar chart.

Upon finishing,  Year 6 came to the conclusion that taller DID NOT mean faster!!!

Continuing with British Science Week, on Wednesday, Pope Paul were joined by Mr Kelly, one of the science teachers from Nicholas Breakspear, who delivered a special science lesson about dinosaurs, and how paleontologists are able to know about how life on our planet used to be, because of their work with fossils. The class then enjoyed a fun, practical activity, where they dug around for bones in layers of jelly and sand!

On Wednesday, Year 5 and 6 represented Pope Paul School at OLASV, where they attended mass to celebrate the feast day of St Louise de Marillac. As usual, the children made staff proud with their reverence and beautiful singing.

Today, the whole school were treated to a wonderful St Patrick’s Day assembly by Year 3. Fern , Caitlin and Lucy also took part in the assembly, wowing the audience with their amazing Irish dancing. Well done girls!!

Well done to Christoph and Eliana, who sent pictures of themselves with fairtrade products, this week!

Well done for today’s brilliant rehearsal with Year 5, for the upcoming Way of the Cross. For your home learning, please practise your words if you are reading: if you have left them at school, you can also find a copy here:

The Way Of The Cross – 2024 parts

Please also practise the songs here, which will need to be learnt off by heart by the service (Tuesday 26th March).

Science Whole School Home Learning

Take a Science Selfie! Can you complete a science experiment at home and take a selfie of you and your family? Below are some websites with some ideas. Please bring in a photo to your class teacher.

Spelling Shed

  • Words with an /oa/ sound spelled ‘ou’ or ‘ow’
  • Using hyphens to avoid ambiguity

Daily reading

TT Rockstars


KS2 Way of the Cross – lyrics to learn

Please use the lyrics and links below to learn the songs for the KS2 Way of the Cross service.

Lyric sheet can be found here.

My Soul is Sad

My soul is sad. My heart is breaking tonight.
Could you not watch and comfort me until light?
Am I alone, surrounded only by night?
Could you not watch one hour with me?

Could you not keep awake for one hour with me?
Is it so hard that you should do this for me?
I die for you that you might always be free.
Could you not watch one hour with me?

And so I weep, and there is no one to hear.
I am in pain; will no one witness my tears?
I am your God, and as my Passion draws near,
Could you not watch one hour with me?

Stay With Me

Stay with me
Remain here with me
Watch and pray
Watch and pray

Walk Alone

Take your cross now Jesus man.
Walk the road to Calvary alone.
Your innocence a mockery Nazarene for what crime do you atone?
Walk alone.

Battered bruised and bloodied now, stumbling on the long and dusty road.
Stripped of all your dignity.
This final journey holds a fate well known.
Walk alone.

Death’s dark journey calls your name.
Crown of thorns, crown of shame.
Faces filled with hate and blame.
The good you’ve done forgotten now.

Take your cross now Jesus man. Walk the road to Calvary alone.
Walk alone.
Walk alone.
Walk alone.

Born For This

Born for this. You were born for this.
Born to walk this road and bear that rugged cross.
But it’s breaking my heart to see you like this.
My son, my precious child.
The agony, Oh, the agony.
I see you suff’ring and there’s nothing I can do.
But I’ll walk by your side till we come to the end.
My son my precious child.

I see the anguish in your eyes.
I’ve prayed this cup will pass you by, but I know that it has to be so. Though I don’t understand the reason.
So much pain so much confusion,
but you were born for this,
you were born for this.
My son, my precious child.

Fallen Again

Fallen again. Kneeling in shame.
Frightened, rejected unbearable pain.
Suff’ring in silence such patience unknown, not moving.
Can he go on?
Fallen again. Face to the ground. Soldiers abusing, heckling crowd.
Slowly he rises feet heavy unsure.
Strength fading still he goes on.

All Hail, King of the Jews

O great king O royal one, your cross awaits. Is there anything your majesty desires?
Is your cross too heavy sire?
May I shine your crown?
Let us relieve you of your splendid royal attire!
All hail king of the Jews!
All hail King of the Jews!

Come now king and rest awhile you’ve walked so far!
We bet you’re very glad the journey’s almost done.
We like your regal garments so we’re sharing them around.
Casting lots to see what can be won.
All hail king of the Jews!
All hail king of the Jews!

Murderers and brigands,
We thought we’d seen it all.
Every kind of criminal there can be.
But this one they call Jesus is the strangest of the lot!
A self proclaimed Messiah is he!
All hail King of the Jews!
All hail king of the Jews!
All hail king of the Jews!

Father, Forgive Them

Father forgive them for what they have done. They know not the scale of their crime.
Guilt in their eyes and my blood on their hands.
Forgive them dear father forgive.

Father why have you forsaken your son.
Alone I am left here to die.
My flesh and my spirit both wounded the same. Forgive them dear father forgive.
Eli Eli lama sabachtani. Repeat

Precious Saviour

Precious Saviour laid to rest.
Shattered hopes, such emptiness.
Lifeless Lord. It is over now.

Night has come, the darkest hour.
Our hope has gone.
Here in this stone-cold grave the one we thought would save us, where is solace to be found?
It is over now.
It is over now.

You Are The Way

You are the way
to our Father above!
Jesus send Your Spirit,
help our hearts to love.
You are alive!
You’re our friend and our guide.
We can always trust in you as you’re here
by our side!

At the cross,
forgiveness we pray
for moments when we’ve fallen astray.

Through the cross,
the darkness has passed.
The Lamb of God is light that will last!

We will take up our cross,
it’s a gain, not a loss.
We’ll reach out, love the poor and the lost!