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Learning and Growing as Children of God

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Alston Lane Catholic

Primary School and Nursery

Learning and Growing as Children of God

Our Learning - Photographs and Updates

Superhero Assault Course - raising money for St Catherine's Hospice

Thursday 24th October

We had lots of fun this morning completing the Superhero assault course for our chosen charity, St Catherine’s Hospice. The children were amazing superheroes! They climbed onto equipment, jumped off, went through tunnels, over bridges and lots more. Please see the photographs below. We will let you know how much money we raised soon.



We have continued our learning all about The Gingerbread Man. Yesterday, we made some delicious gingerbread biscuits. The children followed the recipe and measured all the ingredients. They put them into the oven. Luckily, none of the Gingerbread biscuits escaped and the children ate them all up at the end of the day. The children labelled some pictures of things they used to make the biscuits.


We have been consolidating our learning in Phonics this week. Please see below all the sounds and tricky words we have learnt so far.


Sounds (phonemes): s a t p i n m d g o c k ck u b r h e

Tricky words: I, no, go, to, the, into


Topic and RE

In RE, we have begun our learning about Advent. We made an advent calendar together which we will open every day in December. We have been learning all about Florence Nightingale. Last week, the children wanted to make a hospital in our classroom. We then decided to compare hospitals now and in the past. We learnt all about Florence Nightingale and how she was a very special nurse. We looked at lots of pictures and used role play to compare the hospitals, no and in the past.

Making Gingerbread Biscuits

Thursday 17th October

What a busy week! We have celebrated Safety Week and National Nursery Rhyme Week. Please see below all the exciting things we have been doing.



In Literacy, we have been learning to orally retell the story ‘The Gingerbread Man.’ The children worked in groups to choose actions for different characters in the story.  The children wore masks and pretended to be characters from the story. The children enjoyed going to the Library and choosing a new book to share at home.

Sounds we have been learning this week in Phonics: h, b, r

Tricky words: no, go



In Maths, we have been learning all about shapes. We went on a shape hunt, made shape pictures and had lots of fun making shape patterns. The shapes we have been learning about are circles, triangles, rectangles and squares. We talked about the similarities and differences between the shapes.

Go on a shape hunt in your house and see how many different shapes you can find!   



In RE, have started a new topic called ‘Birthdays.’ We had a birthday party. We played pass the parcel, danced to music and even ate some chocolate cake.

We also talked about looking after God’s wonderful world. We went litter picking and recycled some of Miss Ollerenshaw’s rubbish from home.



This week is safety week. We have been learning all about people in the community who keep us safe. We used role play to show how people in the community help us. We dressed up as nurses, doctors, firemen and policemen. The children decided to turn our home corner into a hospital.  This morning, we talked about road safety. We talked about how to cross the road safely. We stood by the church and crossed the road safely. Mrs Poulton surprised us by driving past. We had to make sure we waited for her to go past before we checked the road was clear and then crossed the road. Miss Ollerenshaw pretended to be a lollypop lady too.

The children have also really enjoyed singing and learning lots of nursery rhymes. Ask your child to sing their favourite rhyme to you!


Thursday 10th November



In Literacy, we have continued our learning about Supertato. On Monday afternoon, we found somebody had stuck our carrots onto the table. The children guessed it was the evil pea and decided to make a trap to try and catch the evil pea. We also made wanted posters and stuck them around school. We told other classes to watch out for the evil pea and let us know if they saw him. On Wednesday, we came into school and found the evil pea was caught in Oliver’s trap. The evil pea and his friends were splatted all over the table. The children have continued to make lots of traps, just in case he returns! 


Sounds we have been learning this week in Phonics: ck, e, u

Tricky words: to, I



In Maths, we have been learning one more and one less. We played a game with bean bags and buckets and compared the amounts in the buckets. Ask your child to tell you one more and one less than numbers to 5.  



In RE, we shared our Baptism pictures with our friends. During class worship, we talked about Remembrance Day and made poppies. We painted the window display in our classroom.



The children wanted to learn all about Sleeping Beauty. We read the story and retold it with our friends. In PE, we retold the story Jack and The Beanstalk using actions. We also completed lots of jumping activities and even learned how to play hopscotch. We have been enjoying playing hopscotch in our outdoor area.

Diwali Celebration - The Festival of Light

Thursday 3rd October

We have had a fantastic week back in school.

Please see below some of the activities we have been doing this week.



In Literacy, we have been reading the story Supertato. We had lots of fun making our own Supertato. We described our Supertato to our friends during key worker time. The children also enjoyed listening to the story ‘Funny Bones’ and making skeletons.


Sounds we have been learning this week in Phonics: o, c, k

Tricky word: the



In Maths, we have been sorting and matching numbers 1, 2, and 3. We hid the numbers around the classroom and played a matching game to match the number to the quantity. We sorted numbers 1, 2 and 3 and some children were even able to tell us one more or one less.



In RE, our topic is ‘Welcoming.’ We visited our church before half term and talked about how we are welcomed into God’s family. We looked at pictures of our visit to church and recalled the different parts in the church. We have also begun our learning about Baptism. If your child has been Baptised, please send a picture in of their special day to show everyone. We attended Mass on Tuesday with the whole school to celebrate All Saints Day.



Our topic this half term is Fantastic Fantasy. We started our topic by looking in our talking basket and discussing all the things inside. We found a knight’s helmet and sword, characters from fairy tales, superheroes, and lots more. The children asked for a Superhero Area outside. They worked together to decide what they wanted in the area and helped to set it up. We also celebrated Diwali, the festival of light. In PE, we experimented with different ways of moving. We learnt how to control an object by touching, pushing, patting, throwing, and catching.

In PSHE, we have been talking about all the things that make us special. A dinosaur came to visit us and taught us his favourite song. We looked into a mirror and sang his song. Ask your child to sing it to you and talk about what makes them special. 


I'm special. You're special.

There's no-one quite like me.

I'm special. You're special.

Clap if you agree. (Clap, clap).

Yoga and Mindfulness led by Charlotte from Mini Mantra

Thursday 20th October


What a busy first half term we have had. The children have been amazing and settled into school. We have enjoyed sharing lots of stories, learning numbers, patterns and comparing length in Maths. In Phonics, we enjoy learning new sounds and we are beginning to segment and blend words.


We enjoy learning through play during exploring time and we have made lots of new friends. Please see below some pictures of our learning from this half term.

Thursday 6th October

Art - Arcimboldo 


We have been learning all about the artist Arcimboldo. We made fruit faces in the style of Arcimboldo. We then cut out lots of pictures of our favourite fruit and made a face. 


Can you guess who is hiding behind the fruit face?

Our first few weeks in school


We have had an amazing first few weeks in school. We have made lots of new friends, settled into the school routines and had lots of fun. Our topic is Marvellous Me and we have been learning all about ourselves. We shared our chatter bags with our favourite things and talked about our wonderful families. 


In Literacy, we have really enjoyed reading the story 'Owl Babies' and retelling the story. Mr Fitzgibbon gave us an egg. We are so excited to see what is inside when it hatches. We have learnt the phonics sounds s, a and t and played lots of fun games to help us to segment and blend. We have taken part in collective worship and learnt our special school prayers.