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Autumn 2

Year 3 and 4

Parent Workshop

'Waste not, Want not'

6 week programme using practical and theory sessions to discover ways to use left over food to reduce waste and create new healthy meals.

If you are interested please return your forms to the school office or your class teachers.

Parents must attend all 6 sessions

Don't forget the 'weekly mile' at Alston.

Every Thursday meet Mrs Noreen at 9:00 in the playground.

Bring your water bottles and don't forget to wear sensible shoes.

All parents welcomed.


Every Tuesday we deliver a FREE 'creative English course' for parents. The course helps parents build their confidence and through role play they  become confident at speaking in English.

If you are interested in building your self esteem come to our sessions.

Every Tuesday 9:00 in the community - no enrolment needed

Weekly Mile at Alston

Entry level English

Parents who have enrolled on the Entry level English course start on Monday 9th September 2019 at 9:30-11:30 in the community room- Sophie Bridges will be your tutor and the course is for 14 weeks. All the best to our new learners!!!


Basic computer course

Tues 11:15 - 12:15

If you interested in learning about computers. This 6 week course is ideal for beginners, during the course you will learn how to use the keyboard and mouse, fill in forms online and create an email account.

Please contact Mrs Noreen or the school office for further details

Sewing class

Every Thursday 2:00 - 3:15 in the community room

All parents welcomed

Entry level 1 English first session starts Wednesday 8th May 2019 @ 9:00 -11:30

Good luck to all the parents who have enrolled

Party Time!!! Congratulations to our parents for completing 'Certificate in Personal and Social; Development'. You have all worked very hard and deserve a celebration.

Sewing class every Thursday During this half term our parents meaured and made their templates, cut the material and are now are ready to sew on the machines.What an achievement!!

Last week our parents enrolled on Certificate in Personal and Social Development with Eagles consultancy

This is a 8 week course

Good luck to all our parents

Sewing classes  will start every Thursday at 2:00 in the community room

Our tutor Farzana will start off with measuring yourself cutting a kameez.


Healthy eating workshop

This short course will share with you simple ways to improve your eating habits and improve your families snacks and lunches.

Enrolment for Reception and nursery parents

Friday 9:00-11:00 in the community room

Job club - We can help you create a C.V, register on job sites and help apply for jobs online


1:00 -3:00



Creative families - Reception parents used paper mache method using a wall paper paste to complete the animal shape. Next Monday they will be fully dry ready to apply glaze.

Congratulations for completing Entry Level 3 Award in Caring for Children.

Creative families - Reception parents chose a zoo animal and sculpted it with newspaper. Can you name the animals they have chosen?

Creative Families Workshop


Reception parents have started their creative workshop. We Look forward to posting all the wonderful clay work and papier mache designs.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Online safety workshop.

It was fantastic to see you all.

I hope the information presented was useful and beneficial. If you require any further support please speak to Mrs Simpson.

Key stage 2


We are going to be holding Healthy Eating Workshops from Tomorrow (Thursday) at 1:00 -3:00. The workshop is designed to help parents and carers understand and improve their eating habits and to educate them on their healthy snack and lunches. This is a great opportunity for parents to work with their children in a relaxed atmosphere and make healthy food together.

All parents are expected to attend all 6 sessions to receive their certificate. If parents are interested you can come along tomorrow and enrol.

Join us for Job club

We will help you create a C.V, register you on job sites and support you with applying for jobs online.


Job club will take place on the following dates: Wednesday 14th November, Wednesday 28th November and Wednesday 12th December at 1:00 -3:00 in the community room

Knitting Club - If you are interested in learning something new come along and learn how to knit in a friendly environment. All parents welcome

Every Friday

@ 9:00-11:00

A huge congratulation to the Year 1 children and families who took part in the 'Clay Workshop'. All the amazing work is on display in the community room.
If you are interested in becoming a 'parent reading volunteer', please contact Mrs Noreen or the school office.

Year 1 Parents workshop - Parents worked with their children in a relaxed environment and made animals using clay.

Key Stage 1 Reading Workshop

 Job club

When -Wed 17th

Time - 1pm- 3pm

If you are looking for work come along to create a C.V, register on line on Job sites and learn how to apply for jobs online.

Spring Term 1 2018 - We are running a varietry of courses for parents: Tuesday and Wednesday we have an English class catering for all levels, Tuesday 10:30- 11:30 Learn my way basic IT course,  Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00 Knitting club, Thursday 9:00 -10:00 Sewing class. If you are interested in any of the above courses, contact the school office.

Nurse Visit


The school has been visiting year 2 to help us with washing our hands and learning how to look after our teeth. Now we are experts! So, please do ask us questions.

Parent Healthy Eating Workshop

In Autumn 2 we have a had 4 parent healthy eating workshops. We have covered healthy eating, exercise and cooking. Below you will find PowerPoint presentation used in the workshops. They also include healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Thank you to all the parents that attended.


Miss Bi


Sports Relief


We invited dads to join us with their children for a cricket match in aid of Sports Relief. The weather was amazing and we had a great turn out. A wonderful afternoon.



Healthy Eating with Family Learning


Family learning carried out a Healthy Eating initiative where parents of Year 3 and 4 parents were invited in to join their children to learn about eating healthier to stay healthier.

They learnt about the different food groups and portion sizes and food from different cultures. They also investigated how changing ingredients helped make food healthier and how different cooking methods also contributed.

Maths with Reception parents


Parents joined their children on our 6 week programme. They learnt some basic skills that they could use at home to help their children improve their numeracy skills. We covered counting up to 20, 1 more and 1 less, ordering numbers, adding, subtracting, doubling, halving, sharing, 2D shapes, 3D shapes and length.


The parents and children made adding machines for homework. We played numerous games that taught parents that maths didn't need to boring. Parents were very enthusiastic and very competitive.



Motor Skills Workshop for Nursery Parents


Our parents from Nursery joined us every Friday morning to learn about fine and gross motor skills activities that they could use at home to help their children. We set up some fun activities using everyday equipment and materials that the parents would be able to find around their homes.


ICT for parents


Held every Wednesday between 10am and 11am in the ICT suite for parents who would like to expand on their computer skills so that they are able to assist their children at home with homework and other IT related tasks.

Facilitated by Mrs Qamar and supported by Crossover Resource centre this is an exciting opportunity for parents.


Please come and join us or speak to Mrs Qamar if you have any queries.

Sow and Grow


The children have been joining their parents to learn about plants and planting.

They learnt that a seed is a living thing and that a seed contains the potential of a plant. The children are being taught about different ways in which seeds are adapted to disperse and  understand the essential needs of a seed to grow well. They planted some seeds in our garden with their parents

They  will be identifying and describing the functions of different parts of flowering plants; roots, stem/trunk, leaves and flowers

 As well as this they will be exploring the requirements of plants for life and growth (air, light, water, nutrients from soils and room to grow

 Lastly they will be exploring the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants, including pollination and seed fertilisation.        


Phonics for Reception parents


Ms Stanley and Mrs Qamar undertook a 6 week programme to teach the Parents the Set 1 sounds and to introduce them to the Set 2 sounds. the Phonics programme was put into place so that the parents were able to effectively help their children with their phonics and reading at home.


The workshop included:


  • The importance of phonics
  • The programme being used in Alston
  • The set 1 and 2 sounds
  • Introducing the vocabulary; phoneme, grapheme and blending
  • CVC, CCVC and CVCC words
  • Activity carousels
  • and how to read to your children.

The parents were very enthusiastic and the workshop was a great success. 




E.S.O.L Level 1+

E.S.O.L (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

We are running Entry Level 1 + E.S.O.L lessons through the WEA Adult Education Centre. These have been running successfully for a long time and the parents have benefited greatly from these sessions. The course covers a wide range of topics and is suitable for people who speak very little English.

The Aim of the Course is to:


Develop English Speaking language skills.
Develop Literacy and Problem solving skills.
Develop Vocational and Academic skills.


These classes are running on Monday at 9.30 to 11.30 and Fridays from 1pm to 3pm in the Community Room. If you are interested in  joining or would just like some information please get in contact with Mrs Qamar on the school number.


Pre-entry level E.S.O.L

Pre-entry E.S.O.L classes are running every Monday and Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm. These classes have been provided by Crossover.


This course is a 24 week learning programme focused on supporting adults who have low English language skills, or none at all, to become a part of their local communities.

The syllabus is:

  • Designed to help learners develop skills and confidence in reading, writing, listening and speaking English. These learners may also have literacy issues in their own language.
  • The programme is designed to be delivered through a mix of tutor-led sessions and volunteer group activities.


If you are interested in adding your name to the waiting list please let Mrs Qamar know by calling the school office.





Pre-Entry E.S.O.L

Numeracy Functional Skills (level 1)

 The qualification is suitable for learners who wish to be recognized for their achievement of a wide range of mathematical skills for use in every day life.

This course is an accredited course and parents can progress onto level 2 Numeracy.


Numeracy covers the ability to:
• understand and use mathematical information
• calculate and manipulate mathematical information
• interpret results and communicate mathematical information.


This course is currently running on Tuesday mornings between 9am and 11.30


If you would like to join our class or would like more information, please contact Mrs Qamar on the school number.


Stay and Play (Adderley Road Children's Centre)


We are now running, in partnership with the Children's Centre, two Stay and Play sessions. These are running every Tuesday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.


At Stay and Play there are always a wide range of activities for the children and the adults to get involved with. These include creative activities, exploring the outdoors and music. There may be snack time with fresh fruit and drinks.


Stay and Play is an opportunity for families to try new activities, gain ideas for things to do at home and find out how these encourage childrens development. The whole group is involved in planning the focus activity which follows the interests of the children. It is also a place for children and their family to play and make friends.


Stay and Play is for all children and their carers. We have activities for babies as well as toddlers and pre school children. You will also be able to get more information and help on other local agencies that are available to yourselves.

These sessions are on a first come first serve basis.


For more information contact Mrs Qamar on the school number.