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Hello to all our new Reception children and their Mummies and Daddies! 

This year we have lots of exciting activities planned and we cannot wait to work alongside your child to help them grow into independent and confident little people.


On this page you will be able to find out all the exciting and fun things your child has been up to in school.

So make sure you keep checking this page for regular updates!

Please remember to come to your child's welcome meeting.

It is on Tuesday 29th September at 2:30pm.

The meeting will be held in the Millennium room.


It is important that you attend this meeting if possible.

Thank you for bringing your children to school every day and on time.

Keep it up!  It really will help your children with their learning.

All of our amazing children are settling in now.

They are making friends and getting to know our routines and expectations.

We are thinking all about nursery rhymes so please help your child by singing along to the rhymes together.

Just click on the link to hear some of our favourite rhymes.

The Story of Jack and The Beanstalk - Fairy Tales for Kids

Jack and the Beanstalk Once upon a time there was a boy named Jack who lived with his poor widowed mother. They had sold almost everything they owned to buy food. When their last cow stopped giving milk, Jack's mother sent him to town to sell it.

Safety Day




Road Safety


Fire Safety


Today was Safety day at school and we learnt all about how to stay safe on the computer. We know we have to tell our Mummy and Daddy if we see anything strange on the computer.

We learnt how to cross the road safely making sure we look left and right using The Green Cross Code.

We learnt about fire safety. We know our fire exits and that we need to call 999 if we hear the fire alarm or see a fire.

Please remember to check that your smoke detector is working at home.

Fireman Sam : Safety at Home

In Fireman Sam's Safety Show, Sam and James demonstrate fire safety at home. For more adventures with Fireman Sam, subscribe to the official Fireman Sam US YouTube Channel.

Child Focus 'E-safety'

One of the key missions of Child Focus is prevention. This clip was made as an e-safety awareness campaign for children between 4 and 8 years. It's being aired on Belgian kids channels and will be distributed in other European countries too. Script & animation by CC.

Child Road Safety - King of the road

TV ad of Hedgehogs crossing the road - from

Don't forget Mummies and Daddies the story teller is visiting school

on Wednesday 30th September 2015.

We will be sharing stories and watching a performance of 'Jack and The Beanstalk' 

We really enjoyed taking part in the stories!

Queen Elizabeth II.


Our Queen is very special. She has been Queen for longer than any other King or Queen!

We thought about all the things that have changed since Queen Elizabeth became Queen.

What do you remember about the Queen?

Did you celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee at your school when you were little?

We made some collages of the Queen using the colours of the British flag and our own crowns to celebrate. Take a look below to find out about our Queen.

5 things to know about Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Here are five things you might not know about her.

Queen Elizabeth II becomes longest reigning British monarch in history

Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain's longest-reigning monarch passing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria.

Eid Party! 

We hope you had a wonderful Eid with your family and friends. 

We enjoyed our Eid party. We wore our Eid clothes and talked about how we celebrated at home and at the mosque. 

We enjoyed the delicious food. RAK would like to say a big Thank you!  to all the Mummies and Daddies and Grandparents for making samosas. RAK said your samosas are delicious!

Take a look below to see how much fun we had.

Eid Mubarak

Isa and Aliya learning about Eid Mubarak and Khair Mubarak

Eid Party!

Happy Eid | Arabic Songs for Kids | عيد مبارك

A happy song about Eid.

Black History Day.

Alston Primary School is very lucky. Our families have close ties with countries all around the world. In RAK we enjoy learning about special times and special places that our friends share with their families.

Today we made African inspired pictures and weaving. We listened to African music and explored the sounds made by African drums. Take a look at some of the fun things we did.


Black History Day.

Ruby Bridges.


Thank you parents and families for bringing us to Alston Primary School every day. We love coming to school to learn and meeting our friends. In RAK we try to be good learning friends and make everyone happy.

Today we learnt about a very brave little girl. Each day she struggled to go to school. Take a look below to see just how brave she was!

Ruby Bridges

Ruby Bridges

Floating and Sinking


This week we have been thinking about which items float  and which items sink in water. We have a few ideas about why some things float while other things sink.

Help your child to notice what happens when you put something into water. It will help your child to test any ideas we talked about in our floating and sinking activities.

Jack and Jill.


This week we have been thinking about the traditional nursery rhyme Jack and Jill. Why not sing along to the video below with your child.

Jack and Jill || 3D Animation || Nursery Rhyme

Jack and Jill went up the Hill 3D Nursery Rhymes for Children

The Gingerbread Man.

We will be thinking about  the traditional story 'The Gingerbread Man'. Why not share the story with your child or bake some gingerbread together?

The Gingerbread Man - Nick Jr.

Read "The Gingerbread Man" - Nick Jr. Bedtime about The Gingerbread Man on Nick Jr. Bedtime about The Gingerbread Man story for children on Nick Jr.

Harvest Festival.

We have been thinking about sharing food with others. Eating the right food helps us to keep healthy. Some people do not have the food they need to keep healthy. Everyone in RAK has been trying to bring food in tins and packets to school for people who need our help.

Thank you to all our families for sharing your food. We will be giving the food we have collected to The City Mission in Birmingham.

You can find out more by clicking on the link below.


Autumn Harvest - BBC Cbeebies Childrens TV featuring SW STORM & Sienna

FAN PAGE : This Theme song was written by SW STORM in 2006 for BBC TV Children s Channel Cbeebies ...

That's How A Pumpkin Grows - Brian Vogan

"That's How A Pumpkin Grows" is Brian Vogan's first music video from his debut children's CD, Little Songs,

Gingerbread Man.

Thank you to all the parents and carers in RAK.

We hope you had a fantastic time working together with your children in our workshops this week. We loved working with you to make gingerbread cookies. They tasted yummy!  Try baking together at home now that you know how much fun it is. Don't forget to share pictures. We would love to see what you bake!

Just look at all these busy bakers!

Our future 'Bake off' stars.

Health Caravan.

This week the children visited the Health Caravan.

They learnt about the different ways they can stay healthy.

Why not ask your child some of the simple ways Gerald the giraffe stays healthy.

Take a look at the photos below.

Can you see Gerald?


Stay Healthy!



Today we celebrated the achievement of all the super learners at Alston Primary School!

RAK are very proud to announce that our amazing learners this half term are Adam Hussain and Maya Hussain. We hope parents enjoyed joining their children at the special Head Teacher's Award ceremony.


Keep supporting your children.

Hope to see you at the Awards next time!

Head Teacher's Award!

Head Teacher's Award! 1

Phonics Workshop.

Thank you to all the families in RAK for supporting their children with the daily phonics homework.

You have been helping your child to practise their sounds and this has really helped them to become more confident with reading and writing.


Come to our Phonics Workshop and see how you can support your child to be the most confident reader and writer they can be.


We will be sharing some simple ideas for games that you can enjoy with your child at home or out and about and sharing some of the ways your child is taught phonics in school.


We would love to see you so please remember

Wednesday 11th November

9-10 am

In the Performance Hall


In your child's classroom and outdoor learning area.

See you soon!


A great big thank you to everyone who came to the phonics workshop!

Take a look at the photographs to see just how much fun everyone had.


Phonics Workshop.

Pyjama Day

Thank you so much for all your generous donations today!

In RAK we had lots of fun dressing up in our pyjamas. We learnt about Pudsey Bear and we are glad we could help him to help children. We enjoyed eating our special yellow Pudsey cookie and our chocolate chip cup-cake.

Why not watch  the 'BBC Children In Need' event on TV tonight? You can find out about all the different ways your charity donations today will be used to help children.

Look how busy we are having fun and helping others!

"Dear Zoo" by Rod Campbell.

In our new book we meet lots of zoo animals.

Would you like a lion as a pet?

Share this wonderful story to hear which animal is finally chosen as a pet.



Mrs Tippin visited us in RAK.

We have been thinking about all the lovely food that is cooked for us at school. Mrs Tippin came to visit us in RAK. She told us about the different jobs she does in the school kitchen. The kitchen staff make a delicious and healthy lunch for us each day. We have been talking about eating all of our lunch so we do not have lots of wasted food. We promised to eat our vegetables and to try all the food. Mrs Tippin makes a delicious snack for us each day. We have lots of energy because we eat up all our delicious food.

Remember to eat your vegetables!

Challenging ourselves!

This week we have been challenging ourselves to be brave. Look at the way we can use our outdoor equipment now! We are so confident!

We can keep safe while we move in different ways.

"Handa's Surprise" by Eileen Browne

We will be learning all about the funny adventure Handa has as she sets off to visit her friend Akeyo.

Handa takes a special basket of fruit to her friend.

What do you like to take when you visit someone? Why not try some of these fruits. Which one is your favourite?

We will find out about the cheeky animals that take Handa's fruit from the basket. Which animal is your favourite? You could visit a safari park or zoo to see the animals for yourself.

HANDA'S SURPRISE - Picture Book- Animation

Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend, Akeyo. But as she walks, carrying the basket on her head, various creatures steal her fruits. A monkey takes the banana, an ostrich the guava, a zebra the orange, an elephant the mango, a giraffe the pineapple, an antelope the avocado and a parrot the passion fruit.

Singing songs and rhymes in RAK.

We love singing in RAK. We sing all sorts of songs to help us to learn in a fun way.

Today we decided we wanted to put these songs on our class page so we can sing with everyone at home.

We love the tunes and we can join in with all the letter sounds and numbers now.

You can challenge your child by asking what the next number or letter will be.

Phonics Song

The Adventures Of Annie And Ben. Let's learn the sounds and sing along to the Phonics Song 2 with Hooplakidz !

Counting 1 to 20

We love counting with jelly beans!

We had an amazing time at Birmingham Cathedral!

We heard about a very important Christian festival. Christians celebrate the birth of Baby Jesus at Christmas. We didn't know Jesus is mentioned in the Holy Bible and the Holy Quran too!

The Cathedral is very beautiful. We saw a display of golden boats high up near the ceiling. Why not visit the Cathedral if you are in the city centre to see the 'Soul Boats' and the famous stained glass windows for yourself.

Look at our faces! We had a fantastic time!

RAK visit Birmingham Cathedral 02.12.15

Firefighters Visit!


Everyone in Reception had an amazing time meeting the Fire-fighters from Ward End Fire-station.

We would like to thank them for coming to visit us today and showing us all how to keep safe.


We learned how to listen for the smoke alarm. Please check that your smoke alarm is working. You can call the special number in our school newsletter to ask the firefighters to help you to check your alarm or even fit a new alarm for you.


We looked at all the hoses and taps on the fire engine. The firefighters need different hoses to put out fires in different places. They need to wear special clothes to keep safe while they are working.


RAK really enjoyed meeting the firefighters who keep us safe in our area.

Thank you firefighters!!

RAK met the Ward End Firefighters 04.12.15

Christmas is coming !!

Thank you to all the families who came to the 'Christmas Fair' today. The children looked great in their Christmas outfits. It was a fantastic time for families to share.


We hope you had a wonderful time with your children browsing and buying at all the stalls

Did you visit the face painting stall? It was very popular.

Perhaps you were lucky enough to buy one of the cakes. They sold out so quickly!


Did you see the sparkly Christmas hoops your children made? They make the school look amazing!

Our Christmas Fair- 11.12.15

Happy Christmas !

RAK wish all of our families and friends a very safe and happy holiday!


We have been thinking about how our Christian friends celebrate Christmas with their families.

We wore our special clothes, enjoyed our Christmas party and sang Christmas songs.

We had lots of fun.


Our Christmas Party 17.12.15

Goodbye and good luck Mrs Hussain!

There were some fond farewells at Alston Primary School today. Some of our teachers are going to be helping other children in different schools. We would like to say a big Thank you to everyone who has worked with us in Reception and helped us with our learning.

Today we said goodbye for now to our Reception teacher in RH.

Mrs Hussain has been brilliant!

We have had so much fun learning with the Mrs Hussain.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Saying goodbye 18.12.15

Happy New Year!!

In RAK we were very excited to get back to school to meet all our friends and share the fun things we did during the Christmas holiday.

Thank you to RAK families for getting your children back to school on time and ready to learn.


We have lots of exciting things to learn this term. Please read the 'Curriculum Information' to see what we will be thinking about this term. You will find that there are lots of things that you can help your child with at home.


"We're Going on a Bear Hunt"


Michael Rosen

We have enjoyed singing along to our new story. The illustrations by Helen Oxenbury are beautiful!

Why not pop into our local library and borrow a copy to share with your child at home.

Click on the link below to watch the author perform this well loved story. Once you know the words and actions you could  march around your home on your own bear hunt!

Michael Rosen performs We're Going on a Bear Hunt

For a quarter of a century, readers have been swishy-swashying and splash-sploshing through the award-winning favourite picture book We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury In this video, Michael Rosen performs the book - why not sing along with your copy at home!

Word books- 06.01.16.

Today the children in RAK took home a special book. Each child can use this book to practise reading and writing the High Frequency Words that children in Reception are expected to be able to recognise and use in their own writing. By supporting your child with this learning you are helping them to become super independent writers.

Thank you to RAK families for continuing to help with homework each night.

High Frequency Words 1

Watch Mr Thorne and Geraldine the Giraffe take you on a learning journey through the world of phonics, learning letters and sounds along the way. Please LIKE the video and SUBSCRIBE to our channel! Geraldine's Phonics Land for iOS - Geraldine's Phonics Land 2 for iOS - Geraldine the Giraffe storybook on Amazon ...

Maths Workshop



We are looking forward to seeing lots of parents at the Maths Workshop on Wednesday 13th January. Please try to join us to work with your child and have lots of fun learning about ways to help your child with their Number skills. 


Don't forget to sign up for the Parent Workshop which starts on Friday. You can explore lots of exciting ways to support your child in Maths.

Thank you RAK families!!!



RAK children and adults had an amazing morning with the families from RAK.


Our families enjoyed coming to the Maths Workshop today. First our Mums and Dads talked to our teachers about all the ways that we can work together to practise our Number skills. Then we enjoyed working with our families in our classroom and outdoor area trying out lots of fun Number activities. It was a good chance for our Mums and Dads to chat about our learning and ask questions about our targets. We are looking forward to the next Parent Workshop. See you there!

Parent Workshop 13.01.16

Thank you RAK families!

The children in RAK have enjoyed using the

'Maths Challenge' cards at home.

We want to say a big thank you to all the people in our families who help us with our learning at home. We hope you have enjoyed talking about the challenges with your children.

Maths Challenge cards and Phonics Games should be returned each Monday.


Another BIG thank you for helping RAK to learn our special words and helping us with our reading books. Well done to everyone who remembers to bring their book bag to school each day.


You can chat about how your child is doing at school and ask any questions you might have at Parents Evening on Thursday. Please remember to return your slip as soon as possible so we can give you the appointment time you want.


Shape Hunt.

We have been learning to name and describe 2D shapes this week. Next week we will be learning about 3D shapes.

Please help your child to practise the shape names by looking for shapes in and around your home and when you are out and about.

Learn about Shapes with Elly - Fun & Educational for Babies, Toddler, Kindergarten Kids

Learn Shapes with Elly - Circle, Triangle, Rectangle, Square and Learning Colors!!! Learning is easy when it is FUN and the World of Elly is all about Adventure, Learning new things, colors and lots of fun!

Journeys and transport.

Have you been on any journeys? How did you travel? How many different types of transport can you think of?

Watch the video to see lots of different types of transport. 

Transportation names and sounds | kids learning

Transportation names and sounds for children. Watch our new video "Farm Animals name and sound" here:

'The Train Ride'

by June Crebbin.


We will be thinking about different types of transport next week as we start our new book 'The Train Ride' by June Crebbin.

Chat to your child about any journeys you have made. How did you travel?


Pop into your local library to borrow a copy of this lovely book.

Or perhaps you could visit a train station or travel somewhere on a train to help your child find out about train journeys. 


Why not share the story with your child. Just click on the link below to hear the wonderful rhythm and rhymes. The illustrations have lots of interesting details. See how many different things you can find.


The Train Ride

THE TRAIN RIDE by June Crebbin, Illustrated by Stephen Lambert Walker Books Ltd,
Song: Words by June Crebbin Music written and performed by Eric Walker

Parents Evening.



Thank you to RAK families!!

It was a great turn out again by the families of RAK children on Thursday. I met with Mums, Dads, sisters, brothers, Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents too!

I hope you feel happy that you know how your child is getting on at school and what you can do to help.


Thank you for all your ideas about workshops. It's great to hear how much you value and enjoy them.


Well done to everyone who has been attending the Maths workshops with Mrs Qamar and Ms Museid. I loved hearing your doubling song. You sound like you are having lots of fun at this workshop. You did a great job teaching this song to your children. They had so much fun too. All your hard work is helping the children with their learning.


Great job RAK families!!

Alston Motor Show.


We had an amazing morning exploring some very special vehicles today!

Thank you to Pete and Mark.

Our wonderful Site Manager Pete and his friend Mark brought their Harleys to school and were kind enough to let the children try on the special helmet, leathers and even sit on the motorbikes! We learnt all about the different parts of the bikes.

The children had to cover their ears when Pete and Mark turned on the bikes. All the children had a great time learning about these vehicles as part of our Transport topic. 

Dawud said "I love the brrm brrm bikes!"


Birmingham has lots of fantastic motor museums. You could have a wonderful day out at one of the museums and stations around Birmingham. Why not take your child to enjoy all the different vehicles on show?

Click on the links below to hear some lovely stories sung to familiar tunes.

You can join in with the fun songs and learn about different types of transport too!

I wonder which story will be your favourite?

Which is your child's favourite type of transport?


Magic Train Ride

Climb aboard the magic train for an unforgettable journey. At each stop, the train comes across new and wonderful things to look at and talk about, in forests and jungles, and all the way to outer space.

Up, Up, Up!

Enjoy an aerial view of the planet when you set sail in a hot-air balloon with three children and their inquisitive dog.

Space Song Rocket Ride

Soar along on an exciting journey through space! From the book and CD written by Sunny Scribins, illustrated by David Sim and sung by Mark Collins.

The Wheels on the Bus

Come along on an exciting bus ride. From the book and CD written by Stella Blackstone, illustrated by Melanie Williamson and sung by The Amador Family.

Driving My Tractor (UK)

Driving My Tractor! Chug along with a farmer and his tractor on this multi-season animal adventure.

The Journey Home from Grandpa's

This singalong features cars, trucks, diggers and more, and introduces colors as well. Sung by Fred Penner.

Port Side Pirates!

Traverse the high seas with singer Mark Collins and a lively band of buccaneers as they enjoy a melodic adventure aboard their galleon. From the book and CD, Portside Pirates!. Want to learn more about our colourful collection of books and gifts?

3D shapes.

In RAK we have enjoyed singing along to this song to help us learn the names of some 3D shapes.

How many 3D objects can you find around the home?

See how many 3D shapes you can name.


3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

3D Shapes song including examples of familiar objects.

3D Shapes for Kids

Learn some of the words to describe 3D shapes.