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Early Years in the snow!

Children in need 2023 in Year 2

Wearing our Pudsey ears and spots!

Year 2 Liturgy – World Youth Day

Year 2 enjoyed sharing their prayers and the Gospel for World Youth Day with our parents and the school.

Magnificent Maths!

Reception class have been exploring shape and number in class!

Full of busy – just like Clarice Cliff!

We have been continuing our work on Clarice Cliff. We know she was extremely hardworking. It was a bit like a ceramics factory with children painting, designing and creating ‘Bizarre’ collages.

A Santa Trap?

We have been trying to work out what the mysterious box left in our classroom might have been used for. All of the clues suggest Santa was inside……

Marvellous Manipulatives in Maths!

We have been using base ten and part whole models to help us to partition numbers in lots of different ways. Great teamwork from Y2!

Rocket designers

As part of our Space topic and inspired by the text Astrogirl, Reception class designed and resourced their own junk materials to build rocket ships.

Panto time!

We welcomed M and M Productions into school to perform Beauty and the Beast! Everybody had a brilliant afternoon!

Textiles fun in Year 1

Year 1 have been extremely busy the last couple of weeks, begin to design and prepare for their Christmas textiles project. We have been looking at a range of fabrics, describing their textures and how they feel. We have also looked at different joining techniques such stapling, gluing, taping and sewing. We are looking forward […]

KS1 enjoy our annual ‘Movie Night’

Last night the whole school enjoyed ‘Movie Night’. We had snacks and hotdogs and brought in blankets to get cosy whilst watching Christmas movies! A fantastic evening for the children, starting the build up to Christmas excitement!

Properties of shape – fun and games in Y2!

In Year 2 this week, we have been applying our knowledge of the properties of 2d shapes through problem solving and games. We worked so well with our partners. Teamwork makes the dream work!

A Wonderful Christmas shopping night🎄

We welcomed our community into school for our annual Christmas shopping night. The community support was exceptional as always and we enjoyed a huge variety of stalls, helping us all to support local small businesses. We raised money, started our Christmas shopping and most importantly got together to begin our festive celebrations.

The School Council are looking after our school.

This week the School Council had a quick meeting then went out into the school grounds to pick up any litter they could find. They did an amazing job and are looking forward to extending their litter picking into our local community.

Y4 had a visit from PC Jackie and her colleagues

Y4 had some special visitors today, we learnt all about being a community officer. They answered lots of questions and we explored other jobs the police do. We even tried on some uniform and found out all about it.

Wearing blue for Diabetes awareness.

Today was a normal day in school EXCEPT we are wearing blue to help us learn more about diabetes. Here we are playing violins and cellos in our music lesson, next week we will be learning how to use a bow.

Performing Poetry

We have been learning about List Poems and read ‘Today I Feel’ by Gervaise Phinn. We all took a few lines and performed the similes with actions.

Making Shapes

We used lolly sticks to create regular and irregular shapes, and revise our knowledge of shapes and their properties.

‘Putting Together’ St. Paul’s Cathedral

We have finished our Great Fire of London topic by looking at St. Paul’s Cathedral and how it was redesigned and rebuilt.

Living Life to the Full in Reception Class

In Reception class, we love to learn!

Pumpkin winners!

Whilst all the children’s pumpkin entries were fantastic, here are our Reception to Y6 winners.

Pumpkin Competition 2023

Fantastic pumpkins designed and decorated by our creative children. Some of them have even been home-grown. Well done, everyone!

Laudato Si’ Mass at Trust HQ

Our Head Boy and Head Girl visited Trust HQ to attend Mass with other students and teachers from our Trust. We prayed for our common home and brought a plant back to school to look after.

Animal Antics in Reception Class!

As part of our Pets topic, we received some very special visitors! Mr Pickles the tortoise belongs to our friend Ava in Year 1. We loved handling him, feeling his hard shell and scaly skin. Erica the trainee Guide Dog was a very special visitor. We now know all about how she will learn to […]

Rabbi Zvi Solomons

Y3/4 listened to Rabbi Solomons in a workshop full of wonderful stories, the history of Judaism, the Torah and Jewish children. We all found it most informative and it really enhanced the children’s learning about the Jewish faith.

Y4 made ice cream in a bag.

Y4 are discovering more about states of matter in Science. As part of their learning they experimented and observed how salt reacts with ice. As a result we made ice cream in a bag.

Forest School Fun

Reception children explored all of the wonders of Autumn in our school grounds.

Y6 Team Building and Strategy Development

We had a fun and thought provoking PE lesson in Year 6 today. the children had to develop strategies and work as a team to solve problems.

Year 1 Liturgy

It was so lovely to see so many parents and carers join us for the practical activity before our Liturgy today. We made some mini versions of the Rosary to take with us into prayer. The children led the prayer service brilliantly – well done Year 1!

Year 4 CAFOD Brighten up – Harvest

Year 4 enjoyed celebrating CAFOD’s ‘Brighten up the harvest’ today. They used collage to create some lovely art work for our classroom door.

Y2 Science & Superheroes in action

We have had a great day enjoying our Superhero lunch. Some of us made our own masks too! In Science we learnt how not all materials can bend, twist and squish!

Year 1 have had a blast from the past in their History lesson today!

In History we have been looking at how toys have adapted and changed over the years. Today the children brought in some retro toys that belonged to family members.

Meeting Bishop Stephen

Our Head Boy and Head Girl went to Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral on the Feast of the Archangels and met Bishop Stephen. In his homily, he thanked everyone involved in Catholic Education for their work and dedication because he really appreciates the gift he received through his own Catholic education. He also reminded us […]

Year 6 footballers

Despite not getting through to the next round of the cup, our Year 6 footballers showed great commitment and team work this evening and had lots of fun! Well done! We are looking forward to starting our league matches in the new year.

Some very important visitors in KS1!

Last week we had some very special guests peaking to Year 1 & Year 2. Two Police Officers came to speak to us all about how to be a good citizen and how to stay safe in our local area. It was such a helpful and important visit and the children really enjoyed asking lots […]

Early days in Year 2!

We have had a really busy but fantastic start to Year 2. We are working hard learning lots of new things and have had an exciting History workshop learning all about the Great Fire of Gateshead.

Y4 fire safety talk

Year 4 learnt a lot from Phil and Graham who visited from Gateshead fire service. We now know how to stay safe in our homes and what to do to reduce the risk of fire.

KS2 Rugby club 25.9.23

Our touch rugby sessions are becoming more and more popular every week. Pop along after school every Monday with Mrs.P and Mrs. C 🏉💪

Democracy at St Alban’s

We listened to many good speeches from our head boy and girl candidates this week. They were all very brave to stand in front of the whole school to tell us about how they would be great leaders of our school. When we voted, we thought about who had the best ideas. Congratulations to our […]

Green Flag Eco Award!

Mrs Kennedy and the Eco Committee worked hard all year last year to gather evidence and establish more eco working practises. The green flag will be flown at St Alban’s! Well done everyone.

Our fabulous helpers

We have fabulous volunteers who come into school in their own valuable time to help us. These two wonderful ladies help us in all sorts of ways including reading with the children every week.

World Day 2023 – Geography/DT

All the classes had an amazing World day, we learnt so much. Each class chose a country to discover more about… YN – Poland, YR/Y6 – France, Y1 Pakistan, Y2 Italy, Y3 Spain, Y4 India, Y5 The Phillipines. We welcomed some amazing parents who shared information about their country and its culture. The children sang, […]

End of year prayers

The whole school gathered in St Alban’s Church – the first time since March 2020! We were delighted to be together to pray and ask for God’s blessing as our school closes for the summer holiday.

Y6 Inter-school Bowling Competition

Y6 have been training with Pelaw Bowling Club members during the summer in preparation for today’s competition with Bill Quay Primary school. After a hard-fought battle, we were delighted to congratulate Bill Quay who won by only 4 points! Well done to all children who took part, learning a new skill and making friends with […]

A party for pirates!

Reception class invited their family members to school for a special Fun Friday Pirate celebration! We walked the plank, hunted for buried treasure, made tasty sea biscuits and danced a pirate jig!

Y6 Leavers’ Liturgy at Trust HQ 11.07.23

All schools in Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust were invited to send representatives to share prayers for the end of the school year. We processed in with flags representing each school, prayed together, sang and listened to God’s Word. We heard the story of Oscar Romero and took his words with his: “aspire to be […]

Animal Antics!

Early years children shared special moments with lots of exciting creatures! A big Thank You to our friends at Little Saints who invited us along to experience fur, scales and claws!

KS1 Sports Day with Little Movers!

KS1 enjoyed a fun morning with Little Movers hosting our Sports Day! All of the children had a fantastic time and so did our parents!

Year 3 worship together

We planned our class collective worship to reflect on our Choices topic which reminded us of God’s forgiveness and how important it is to make positive choices.

African dance in Year 3

We got our jiggle on when learning dance moves from across Africa!

Y3 Sports Day 2023

Thankful for the sunshine, great sportsmanship and fun!

Fun at the farm!

Y1 have enjoyed a fantastic day at Hall Hill farm learning all about the animals.

A brilliant beach day for Reception class!

The children in Reception class were so brilliantly behaved on our visit to North Marine Park and Little Haven Beach. We have been learning all about seaside environments and sharing stories based on the theme in class.

A visit from Dr Cat!

As part of our People Who Help Us topic, we had a visit from an actual doctor who taught us all about the importance of washing our hands!

Rockpool School

Nursery children experienced the wonderful creatures found in rockpools.

All the fun of the summer fair

Well done to all 👏 A succesful, if a little soggy, summer fair. A BIG thank you to ‘Friends of St Alban’s’ for all their hard work. I think everyone had a fantastic time and made money for our wonderful school. We couldn’t do it without you 💛💙

A sporty week for Year 3

We had a great time achieving our circuits and learning about our local heptathlon athlete Lucy Turner, she has certainly inspired us to never give up! We also had heard from Rebecca Adlington about water safety and her Olympic journey.

Y4 have been reflecting on their amazing time in Emmaus village.

We stopped off at Gibside on the way then Y4 reflected, prayed, dance, sang, played and just had lots of fun in Emmaus village near Consett.

“Reading is dreaming with open eyes”

This afternoon our lovely Year 1 children found a shady spot on our field and enjoyed some reading for pleasure…

I love you café

What a lovely day to share a coffee morning ahead of Father’s Day this weekend. There were cakes and treats galore in the baking heat. It was lovely to see so many families come and share the sunshine together, full of thanks for all our dads, uncles, grandads….everyone! Huge thanks to all who helped.

Taking our Food Bank to church

Our Y5 Vice-Captains delivered our school’s contribution to the Refugee Food Bank to St Alban’s Church. They were thanked by parishioners who told them how much our generosity means to those who receive it. The Y5 children then visited each class to deliver the parishioners’ thanks.


Look at this amazing lighthouse! It was made at home with the family after being inspired by topic work in school. Well done, team!

Y3 Pentecost Prayers with Parents

Year 3 led prayers on Friday in the school hall with their parents. They prayed, acted, sang, read and did a wonderful job helping us all reflect on the Pentecost story.

Y3 Art at the Shipley

This week, we visited the Shipley Art Gallery and had a super workshop using clay to make mosaics as part of our Art and History learning. We also learnt about the different forms of symmetry and saw some unusual sculptures. A great time had by all!

Y4 are working with charcoal

In Art we are looking at body shapes and developing our drawing skills to replicate them in charcoal. It’s not as easy as it looks.

‘That History Bloke’ visits Y4

Y4 welcomed our local history expert to share his Viking knowledge. We listened, we explored, we shouted our battle cries.

Pentecost Party!

In Reception class we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost with our families, who joined us in song, prayer and craft activities.

Firefighter Fun in Early Years!

History comes to life for Year 3

‘That History Bloke’ came in and taught, entertained and offered lots of fun to help us learn more about the Romans, our present History topic!

Year 3 bread tasting for DT…

We really enjoyed tasting a variety of breads such as focaccia, various seeded brown buns, pretzels, almond croissants and cheesy topped buns too! Everyone had their favourite flavour for a variety of reasons! We can’t wait to make our own bread buns!

Year 1 Stay and Pray Ascension 16.05.23

King’s Coronation Lunch 12/05/23

Our kitchen staff did a fantastic job in serving up a feast for the king today. A delicious dinner followed by amazing cakes and biscuits.

That History Bloke – The Victorian coal mines

Richard, That History bloke, brought in a variety of artifacts into Year 5 last week. He told us about a local miner, Thomas Bennett, who unfortunately died while working down a mine. We investigated his life using a variety of sources, the census, artifacts and photos of the time. It was very interesting.

Holy Island Camp 3rd – 5th May 2023

Year 5 had a spectacular time exploring the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. They walked the island, had fun in the sand, made their own beds, had a torchlight walk, got blown away by the castle and were wowed by the priory and reflected during prayer time. They all were so well behaved and were complimented […]

History in the making 2023 for Year 3

We have had lots of fun waiting for the coronation of King Charles III tomorrow!

Year 3 Geography in action!

We had a great morning making a map of the outside of school using natural materials. We then used this map and achieved an orienteering challenge.

Year 4 – Orienteering with Mr H

Today Year 4 enjoyed taking part in an orienteering session with Mr H, they looked at the directions on a compass and developed their map reading skills. The children used their maps to hunt for clues located around the school grounds.

Y1 – creative collages!

Y1 have enjoyed combining their maths skills and art skills to create a fantastic collage . We talked about the word ‘symmetry’ and matched our butterfly wings up on each side using a range of materials.

Y4 – Art in English

Y4 explored the sea through, words, sounds and pictures. This was to help expand their vocabulary in their writing. The children evaluated each others work by walking around the class and sharing their thoughts.

Y4 were cooking up a storm with Little Tasters

Y4 really enjoyed their cooking session with Little Tasters. They cooked with herbs to fit in with our DT work and tasted their hard work with varying opinions.

Muddy Monsters!

Early Years children had an amazing day with Phil from Muddy Monsters, exploring our outdoor area in a whole new way!

Traffic Surveyors

Reception children spent the afternoon surveying the traffic in our local area. We completed a tally check to record how many of each different vehicle we could spot!

Stations of the Cross

Y6 led us in our final Lenten prayer service today, following Jesus along the Stations of the Cross.

Friends Friday at McErlane Square

Reception children visited the residents at McErlane Square to share stories, songs and Easter crafts!

Stations of the Cross at Trust HQ

Some of our Y6 children met other youngsters, aged 7-18, from across the Trust to lead us all in a prayerful reflection of the Stations of the Cross. This was live-streamed into all schools in the Trust and helped us reflect on Jesus’ journey with His cross.

Palm Sunday

The children are reflecting the events of Holy Week in school this week. Today, they heard the story of Palm Sunday, waving palm branches and singing ‘Hosanna!’

Y5 Lenten Liturgy

Y5 led us in prayer, reflecting on the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. They welcomed us warmly, acted out the Gospel with understanding and danced to ‘Lay your hands gently upon us’ with such reverence. We sang and prayed with them and were also challenged in our belief in the resurrection. […]

Year 4’s conductive music workshop.

Y4 had a fantastic session with Miss Yui making music through the science of conduction. They used a ‘makey makey ’ keyboard on the laptops to create music through making a circuit between themselves, the laptop and the conducting wires. They made a digital keyboard using graphite pencils and composed and performed music of their […]

Y4’s Lenten Liturgy

Y4 helped us along our Lenten Journey towards Easter with a very prayerful prayer service reflecting on the gospel story of Jesus healing the blind man.

I Love You Café

We all enjoyed a very lovely coffee morning, ahead of Mothering Sunday, to say ‘I love you’ to our parents and families.

Year 3 fun and learning

We have worn purple to raise awareness about the importance of our kidney, celebrated the 25 years of the Angel of the North, shared our Lenten Liturgy, used ipads to help us draw portraits and worked together to embed our RE learning.

Y5 and Y6 Big Lent Walk

Year 5 and 6 have had an absolutely great time at Gateshead Stadium on Tuesday morning, raising money for CAFOD alongside St Wilfrid’s Primary School. We have walked/ran a total of 459km or 285.25miles. We have set up a donations pages on the CAFOD website if anyone wises to donate.

EYFS visit the Tyne Theatre

Nursery and Reception children enjoyed a wonderful live production of Room on the Broom.

year 4 have exploring herbs in DT

Year 4 explored herbs in different forms to start their DT learning. They used lots of their senses including, touch, smell and sight.

Families love Fun Friday!

Early Years children enjoyed another fabulous Fun Friday with their families, exploring, playing, tasting, hunting and learning together!

Y4’s study of Thomas Bewick

The children completed their printed pieces based on the work of local artist Thomas Bewick this week. Like Bewick they carved their bird design into a tile and using printing ink created a print. They produced some wonderfully detailed work.

Year 2 World Book Day!

Year 2 celebrated World Book Day by wearing costumes of their favourite book characters! They have taken part in lots of book related activities including reading with Year 6 and visiting the library, where they loaned a book of their choosing. We ended the day with a great celebration assembly looking at the huge range […]

A wonderful World Book Day!

The children in Y4 and Early Years shared their favourite books today!

Year 6 footballers show a true fighting spirit!

This evening our Y6 football team took part in their first two competitive games. After losing 5-0 to Wardley, the team went on with a fantastic positive attitude, showing amazing team work and determination. They went on to win their second game 3-0 against Windy Nook. Some fantastic goals were scored, including a magnificent free […]

Year 4 celebrate World Book Day!

The children in Year 4 look fantastic in their World Book Day costumes. We have taken part in lots of book day activities, the children enjoyed reading books to the younger children in Nursery and Reception, we visited Pelaw library and took part in a creative writing workshop.

World Book Day in Year 5

We have had a great time today celebrating books and stories that we love. We have shared reading time with our younger children, visited the library to get books out, started a writing project with Susan Mulholland and dressed as our favourite book characters.

World Book Day 2023 in Year 6

World Book Day in Year 6 has been wonderful! We have enjoyed reading with younger children, visiting Pelaw Library, and making posters advertising our favourite books.

Y1 and Y5 enjoying World Book Day

Year 1 have had a lovely morning hearing stories at Pelaw Library. We then came back to class to share our new books with Y5!

Angel Adventures

The Angel of the North is 25 today! Over the next few months, we will be taking one of these gorgeous knitted angels on Adventures around Pelaw and beyond. I wonder where the Angel will go first?

Y1 Connect with parents in prayer

Y1 invited their parents into class for liturgical prayer reflecting on the theme of our Mental Health & Wellbeing Week, ‘Let’s Connect’. The children shared the bible story of Jesus choosing his apostles as special friends to spread the word about God’s love. We are connected to these first friends of Jesus as we help […]

Children’s mental health week – Let’s connect!

The theme of Children’s mental health week this year is ‘Let’s connect’. Today we made paper chains of all the things we feel connected to and the things that are important to us and joined them together as a class.

Liturgical Prayer in Year 6

In Year 6 we have been praying for those who are sick.


Year 4 have been looking at playscripts this week in English and the features that are included in them. We have been finding out about stage directions and had a go at acting out short scenes, following the stage directions. We seem to have some budding actors and actresses in Year 4!

Let’s connect!

It’s Children’s Mental Health Week this week. We are encouraging the children to connect with others in healthy, rewarding and meaningful ways. Today we chatted about how we are all connected to each other and made a whole class paper chain to demonstrate this to the children. Well done Year 1, some fantastic input to […]

Year 6 Art

We have been learning about different styles of architectural art this term. today we have looked at the work of North East artist Jim Edwards. We have sketched North East landmarks and used watercolour pencils to add colour.

Year 6 History

In History lessons this term, we have been learning about the Felling Mining Disaster. today we looked at the records of those who sadly died. We were interested to see family links, and were saddened by the young ages.

Yummy cakes!

We enjoyed donating to raise funds for our Early Years!

Church roles

In Y4 we have learning about the different roles people carry out in church. Mrs Sexton came to visit and told us about her role as a Minister of the Sacrament.

It’s all about pitch in Y4

Through our Science learning we have been exploring sound and how we hear it. This week was all about pitch.

It’s National Storytelling Week!

In Early Years, telling and sharing stories is one of our absolute favourite things! So, we invited some of our favourite people in to class to share stories with us!

A visit to Pelaw Library

As part of National Storytelling Week, the children in Early Years visited our local library to share stories!

A special visitor to Early Years

Esther’s Grandad is a deacon at his parish church. He came in to tell us about all of the different celebrations held in church.

A surprising discovery in Early Years

The children found a nest full of unusual eggs. We wonder what might happen next…….

YEAR 1 exploring shape 30.01.23

In maths this week we are naming and sorting 2D and 3D shapes.

St Alban’s Career Week

Year 5 have been exploring the different jobs that can do when we leave school. Some lovely friends and friends of the class come in to talk about how they chose their careers and what they do. We have had a Radiographer, RAF engineer, graphic designer, physiotherapist, financial advisor, a project manager, a theatre light […]

Perfect printing in Y1.

In Year 1 we have been looking at Paul Klee and printing techniques using a range of resources and materials.

Solving problems

Today in Maths, Year 4 have been working together to solve problems involving charts, graphs and pictograms. We tried hard to show our working out and explain how we reached our answers.

Y3 Super Cyclists

Year 3 are working with Bikeability to improve their cycling skills. Well done to all for showing resilience and perseverance.

Year 4 are studying local artist Thomas Bewick

Y4 are beginning to explore Thomas Bewicks work. He created many images of birds including intricate detail. We used view finders to help us focus in on various parts of birds which Bewick has created, we used pens to draw including as much detail as possible.

Year 4 love to be active.

As well as loving participating in gymnastics with Grassroots we are also improving our fitness through a variety of activities 💪

A Christmas Blessing

Fabric Christmas Crackers

We are really proud of our sewing and design efforts and hope our family enjoys our joke and little treat inside.

Super Strings 20.12.22

Well done to our fantastic violin students for their Christmas concert. Huge thanks to Mrs Coleman and all parents and families for supporting these talented musicians.

Time to shine! 19.12.22

Here are our wonderful Early Years and Key Stage 1 children showing off their amazing talents. Thank you to Little Movers for helping prepare our talent show extravaganza.  

Christmas Concert 19.12.22

Our brass and woodwind musicians entertained us with their Christmas tunes this morning. Well done everyone for sharing your musical talents with us. You were all brilliant! Huge thanks to Mr and Mrs Blakey, our music teachers from Gateshead Music Service, and for all the support from parents and families.

Final Rehearsal!

A quick rehearsal before tonight’s big show!  It’s very exciting.

To enable our final week at school before Christmas to run smoothly, here are days and times for our main events:   🎄Monday🎄 10.45-11.15: Brass & Woodwind Concert 2.00-3.00: Time to Shine – Early Years 3.00-4.00: Time to Shine – Years 1/2 4.00-5.00: Time to Shine – Years 3/4 5.00-6.00: Time to Shine – Years […]

A stitch in time…

We are enjoying stitching our fabric Christmas crackers as part of our DT topic in Year 3.

We are most grateful…

Plenty of friends, warmth and a delicious Christmas lunch, we know we have much to be grateful for at Christmas.

Year 1 – walking in a Winter Wonderland!

  Year 1 have enjoyed a fresh walk out to Bill Quay Farm in the snow this afternoon. The horses loved the attention – next time we must remember some carrots!

Christmas jumper day!

Year 4 are having a very festive day in their Christmas jumpers and they have enjoyed their delicious Christmas dinner.

Y4’s Advent prayers 09.12.22

Year 4 led the school family in prayer for the second week of Advent, sharing the story of John the Baptist who urges us to Repent as we get ready to welcome Jesus at Christmas. The parents shared their thoughts afterwards.

School Council Christmas Cups! 08.12.22

The School Council worked really well as a team to collect, label and organise everyone’s filled cups to raffle at our Christmas Fair. Altogether, the Friends of St Alban’s raised over £1,000 for the children. Well done everyone!

Nativity Stable Competition 2022

Well done to all of the children who designed and made these fantastic stables. What a lovely way to welcome Jesus this Christmas.

Textiles in Year 6

Today in Year 6 we have been recycling old pyjamas by cutting them into bauble shapes and sewing them onto plain tote bags. Fabulous upcycling!

Christmas textiles in Y1

  It was wonderful to have so many parents join us, to support our Y1 children in completing their Christmas themed textiles project. The children have produced some marvellous pieces, using all of our new cutting, gluing and sewing skills. Well done Year 1!

Super Sewing in Year 6

Children in Year 6 have been practising their sewing skills, before they make their final products next week.

The first Advent liturgy

Well done Year 3 for your lovely, prayful  liturgy to start our Advent celebrations.


We made 3D shapes to then describe from a range of nets.

Santa’s Winter Woodland

Early Years children had the most magical morning at Elf School at West Boldon Lodge. We created decorations, bird feeders, toasted marshmallows around the fire as well as meeting Santa himself! Merry C

Admissions 2024/25

Dear parents/ carers, Consultation on Admissions Arrangements for: St Alban’s Catholic Primary School,  2024-25 Where changes to admissions arrangements are intended, all schools are required to consult before these are determined and published. Please find below the policy for consultation for 2024-25. The consultation will run from 5 December 2022 to 27 January 2023. A […]

A journey through Advent with Year 4

Year 4 have been sharing their prayer spaces at home. They have put them together using our class travelling crib. It gives the children the opportunity to reflect and be patient during this special time of Advent.  

Road Safety in EYFS.

We have been thinking about how to be safe when crossing the road. We know the safest places to cross and to Stop, Look and Listen.

We love to learn in EYFS!

A special visitor to EYFS!

Letter writing to Santa!

  This is week our Year 1 children have been working extremely hard during their English lessons. We have been talking about how to layout a letter and writing a special list to Santa! The children can’t wait to take home their letters and post them to The North Pole!

Christmas Jumper Appeal

Please donate any unwanted Chrismas jumpers/outfits to school, and we will organise a stall where you can come and choose something new to you. Often these are only worn once or twice before our children grow out of them, and this is a great way to avoid spending a fortune, while helping the environment. Hand […]

Year 5 Tie Dye

Year 5 have started the first stage in their Christmas DT project.  We can’t wait to see what they look like.

Year 4 are learning about the Qur’an

In our explorations of other faiths Y4 have been learning about Islam. We have found out about the Qur’an and it’s importance to Muslims.

Year 4 are learning the glockenspiel

Year 4 have been learning to accompany music using a glockenspiel. They can recognise different notes and how to read them.  

Open Day 28th November 2022

Youth Friday prayers 24.11.22

Year 2 led us in praying for all young people around the world. Pope Francis asked us to imitate Mary when she ‘arose and went with haste’ to tell others about Jesus. He asks that we use our passion and enthusiasm to spread God’s love in the world.

Making a Compass

In Year 2 we have been learning about the points on a compass.  We had a go at making our own using a magnet, a needle, a cork and a bowl of water.  They worked!

Movie Night…

The excitement was in the air during our movie night watching Elf.

Lindisfarne Gospels

Year 5 visited the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition at the Laing art gallery. This visit will inspire our next art topic.

Super Science in Year 6

This afternoon we have been learning all about how light and white are made up of the whole spectrum of colours.

Year 6 at Safety Works

The children from Year 6 have enjoyed a fun and informative morning at Safety Works in Newcastle. We have learned lots from the fire and police service, lifeguards from the RNLI and road safety provided by Gateshead Council. The children have all asked if we can go again! .

England Vs Iran

Children in Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed watching England play Iran in their first game of this year’s World Cup. They were hardly in their seats there was so much celebrating!

Open Day for new families

Odd socks, fluffy ears and prayer in Year 3

We have had a great week wearing odd socks at the start of Anti-Bullying Week and wearing our Pudsey accessories in recognition of Children in Need. We also enjoy planning our class Liturgical Prayer too.

Measuring Carousel

We have been doing lots of different activities to practise measuring in cm.

A very special visitor

‘That History Bloke’ came to talk to us all about the Great Fire of Gateshead.  We got to handle some genuine artefacts!

Parent Survey Responses 2022

Many thanks to all who returned their parental survey. The results of this were overwhelmingly positive which we greatly appreciate. As always the ‘door is open’ so if anyone does have a problem of any sort please do ring or pop in to make an appointment – we will always try to help! Please find […]

‘Reaching Out’ in our Pastoral Houses for Anti-bullying week.

This week in our Pastoral Houses our children have been learning techniques to ‘Reach Out’, if they’re worried about being bullied or think someone else may be feeling in need of some help. Our oldest and youngest children worked brilliantly together and came up with some great ideas for posters. Well done to all of […]

Pupil Power Assembly!

This morning Year 4 joined more than 6,000 children across the UK to take part in the Plastic Free Schools ‘Pupil Power Assembly’.  It was an online event where we explored ways in which we can protect our oceans and the planet.  We looked at alternatives to single-use plastics and explored some of the biggest […]

Clothing Bank

Helping fill up the clothing bank!

Open Day 28th November

Come to our Open Day to find out what goes on at St Alban’s

Terrific textiles in Y1!

Year 1 are having great fun in their new textiles topic! We have been exploring lots of different fabrics, describing them and using them to recreate our own hairstyles. Today the children worked on different joining techniques such as stapling, sewing and using glues. Great work Year 1, we are looking forward to making some […]

Movie Night coming soon!

Buy your tickets from the school office for a night of movie magic!

Indoor/outdoor touch rugby after school 🏉

Years 4, 5 and 6 children are still enjoying touch rugby after school. Despite the weather 🌨

Odd socks for anti-bullying week

We are all unique and different. Wearing odd socks highlights the need to recognise everyone and treat others with respect.  

Year four are understanding forgiveness in RE

Year four have explored the story of Zacchaeus, we thought carefully about speech that could be added to the story to show our understanding of forgiveness. We learnt the words absolution and penance in our learning journey about the sacrament of reconciliation.

Year four Multiplication fun

We have learning to multiply by 10, 100 and beyond using place value boards.  

In November, we remember….

This week in Early Years we invited our parents to Stay and Pray as we marked Remembrance Day. We then took part in lots of poppy and red themed activities for Stay and Play.

We love the Outdoor Classroom!

In Early Years, we love to learn outside!  T   

Story maps

We have begun our story map and enjoyed using them to retell a story to each other.

Year 3 went crackers for DT!

We really enjoyed looking at exactly what a cracker includes and evaluated a range of crackers. We can’t wait to crack on to start making and sewing our material Christmas cracker in our DT lessons!

Christmas Market

Why not come along to school and get ahead with your Christmas shopping! £2 entry

Painting Plates

We have been painting in the style of Clarice Cliff.  we created our own designs using feature of her work.  They are fabulous!

We Will Remember

This morning children from Years 5 and 6 went along to Bill Quay Farm for their Remembrance Day service. Some of them laid the poppy wreaths that we had made. We were so proud of how they conducted themselves.

Year 1 History – toys over the decades.

  In Year 1 we have been learning about the history of toys. We are discussing how toys have similarities and differences over the decades. Today the children brought in toys from home – some modern day and some retro (some children even brought Grandparents’ toys to show). We spent some time talking about the […]

KS1 Keeping fit!

  Our KS1 children have been working so hard at ‘Keep Fit’ club on Thursdays. We have been learning about exercise and staying healthy, talking about raising our heart rates and using different muscles. Keep up the good work KS1.

Y1 Maths – partitioning

  Year 1 have been working really hard to partition two digit numbers into tens and ones. Today the children built lots of numbers using cubes, representing the tens and ones. Great job Year 1!

Scary Stories

In Year 6, we are basing our writing on the short film Alma – we have lots of different theories about the content of the film and are enjoying linked activities.

Y1 Stay & Pray 08.11.22

Writing workshop

Making Shapes

We used lolly sticks to create regular and irregular shapes and revise how many sides they have.

Clarice Cliff Style

We have been closely observing how Clarice Cliff draw trees.  We’ve then made our own designs in her style, using her colour palette.

School Council

Meet our school council who are full of wonderful ideas for the year ahead.

After school tag rugby fun.

Y4, 5 and 6 had a great time learning how to play rugby, come and join us 🏉

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

At St Alban’s we always aim to be Eco-friendly and look after our environment.  Before half term, Helen from the Green Heart Collective came into school as part of  Great Big Green Week.  She talked to us all about how much waste goes to landfill and what we can do to help.  She showed us […]

Synagogue lesson 01.11.21

We enjoyed learning about the Jewish synagogue with Mrs Van dear velde this afternoon. The children learned lots of new words (e.g. tallit, ark, kippah, bimah, Torah, mezuzah) and asked and answered questions too.

Advent 2 Dairy Dates

This terms important dates

Pumpkin Competition 31.10.22

There were so many brilliant pumpkins brought in for our competition. Well done to all who entered for showcasing such talent!

A busy week before half term in Year 3

We have really enjoyed writing our biographies on Wilma Rudolph and putting our information together as a poster. We have learnt about Judaism and the synagogue in RE and have continued our colour mixing skills, painting like Van Gogh! Three children planned a wonderful class worship too. Happy half term everyone!

Brilliant Brass!

We love our brass lessons with Mr Blakey and are learning to play the cornet, tenor horn and trombone

Groovy Guitars!

Our children love to learn tunes on their guitars with Mr Strong.

Y4 watercolour artists

Y4 have been painting using watercolours, thinking about colour tones. We used Georgia O,Keeffe as the influence for our work.  

Our Violinists!

The children are enjoying violin lessons with Mrs Coleman.

True or false?

We have been reading about the inspirational Wilma Rudolph and used facts learnt this week to decide which were true or false. We also used our previous learning to identify conjunctions and proper nouns.

Mini Vinnie Commissioning 14.10 22

Congratulations to our new Mini Vinnies who will work together to ‘turn concern into action’ for our local community. Here they are, supported and encouraged by their families.

Perfect patterns!

In Early Years, we have been exploring repeating patterns in lots of ways!

Doggy delights in Early Years

This week we have been exploring the world of dogs! We love the story of Hairy Maclarey! Mrs Dowling brought her puppy, Bonnie, to visit us! Our families joined us for a dog themed Fun Friday!

Year 5 are Mini Vinnies.

  Year 5 are delighted to become part of the Mini Vinnies today They thought about how to could give a helping hand

Papier-mâché marvels

We have been looking at the artist Clarice Cliff.  We are using papier-mâché  and collage techniques to re-create her ‘Bizarre’ range of pottery.

Wonderful woodwind 12.10.22

Mrs Blakey teaches flute and clarinet lessons in school. Here are her dedicated students.

Anyone for tennis?

Year four have been working on their tennis skills over the past few weeks.

Bright and brilliant in Early Years!

Early Years children dressed to impress this Fun Friday as we worked and played with bright activities for CAFOD.

Magic magnets! 10.10.22

Year 3 have been exploring what magnets can do. Magnets have a north and south pole so we experimented with putting poles together. Opposite poles attract each other but same poles REPEL. Then we sorted metals into magnetic and non-magnetic. We’re now going to investigate how magnets are used at home too.

All things bright and beautiful in Year 3

We were certainly bright and beautiful as part of our Cafod fundraising for harvest. We have been learning in our RE Homes topic that we are asked to be generous to others. We also voted democratically for Tommy & Harley to be on our School Council this year. Well done!

Our Lady of the Rosary 07.10.22

The children shared prayers with their parents, asking Mary to pray with us for this special feast day.

Playtime Prayers 07.10.22

During the month of October, we gather in St Alban’s Room to pray the rosary together.

Brighten up the Harvest! 07.10.22

We wore bright colourful clothes today to fundraise for CAFOD’s Harvest Fast Day.

Super Science Sorting

In Science we have been sorting materials by their properties and using scientific language to describe them.

Fabulous Phonics in Early Years

Reception have made an impressive start on their Read, Write Inc journey. We have been making delicious cup cakes for the ‘c’ letter sound and writing the ‘g’ letter in green glitter. Lots of fun! Well done Reception.

Science round up in Y4

Over the past 3 weeks Year 4 have had their investigating hats on and have worked really hard. Through our states of matter learning we have learnt that air does weigh something. We have investigated the different states of water and today we made ice-cream!  

Children in Year 6 have been learning how to calculate angles in a straight line and around a point. They worked so hard!

An inspiring week in Year 3

We have certainly lived life to the full this week going to see the Coldstream Guards playing in the cathedral and our online meeting with the engineer from Ford – all inspiring us for our futures!

A fabulous Fun Friday in Early Years!

Practical Partitioning Practice

We have been using the apparatus to find lots of ways of partitioning numbers.  We are learning to find patterns and work methodically.

Secondary Colours

In Year 2 today we have been mixing colours to make new ones.

Diary Writing

Year 4 have been reading the book The Happy Prince.  Today we imagined that we were the little boy in the story and we worked in pairs to make notes about how we would feel.  We then used these notes to create a diary entry about out thoughts and feelings.  We had to remember to […]

Year 4 – Aspiring Engineers!

This afternoon, Year 4 enjoyed taking part in an online engineering workshop with Ford engineer, Linda Zhang.  The children had the opportunity to ask questions and to design their own vehicle of the future.  There were some brilliant ideas!

Aspire to Engineer

We have been lucky enough to take part in a workshop with a real life engineer from America today. She spoke to the children about her job at Ford, and set them a task to design their own car of the future. One of our children was even chosen to show his design on screen!

Year 1 – Geography in our local area.

Year 1 have enjoyed their afternoon out of school, exploring our local area as part of our Geography topic. We spotted lots of different buildings on our checklists! We also popped into the library on our way back to school to choose a book to bring back to class.

Year 1 taking their maths learning outdoors.

Today in Year 1 we have been learning about ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’ symbols. We took our learning outdoors to play the ‘Hungry Aligator’ game. The children took turns being the aligator, eating up the bigger numbers! The children were brilliant at making the ‘greater than’ symbol with their arms. Well done Year 1!

Little Saints toddler group reopens! 29.09.22

We are delighted to welcome our toddler group, Little Saints, back into school. It’s lovely to see so many little ones playing together.  

Buddy Welcome prayer service 28.09.22

Year 6 welcomed our Reception and Nursery children into our school, surrounded by family and friends. We reflected on St Paul’s words that we are all God’s work of art and prayed that our new children have a happy time at our school, learning lots every day and living life to the full.

The Band of the Coldstream Guards 28.09.22

Year 3 and Year 6 musicians travelled to Newcastle Cathedral to listen to a fantastic concert given by the Band of the Coldstream Guards. They played some marches as well as tunes from Moana, Star Wars and Avengers and we clapped, sang and danced along. Hopefully, some of our children will be inspired to become […]

Finding friction 26.09.22

Year 3 are learning all about forces. Today’s lesson was all about testing friction in different surfaces. Rough surfaces slowed down our 2p piece more than smooth surfaces.

Place value in Y4

Learning the value of numbers is so important. The children used frames to partition and combine 3 and 4 digit numbers.

Van Gogh techniques and hula hoops circuits…

Today we used pencil and felt tip to practise the feathering and line textures but next week we will use oil pastels! We are keeping fit with our weekly circuit training and loved twirling with the hula hoops!

Year 1 mark making in Art

Today some of our Year 1 children have been exploring different mark making techniques using a range of brushes and rollers.

Questions for a mouse hero

  We’ve been hot-seating George, the mouse from our story.  The children had lots of great questions for him.

Making music! 20.09.22

We listened very carefully to patterns, then copied back rhythms on the note  C  on  glockenspiels.

Another busy week in Year 3!

Keeping fit with Thursday circuits and reading the news!  

Serious Sketching

  We have been using art pencils to practise our sketching skills.  We used pressure to change the tone and observed really closely.

We love maths! 15.09.22

We had fun today, playing a place value game in Y3 😃

Particle pandemonium in Y4

Year 4 were exploring solids, liquids and gases in Science and became the particles that make them. We looked at how they moved within a solid, a liquid and a gas.

Material Hunters

In Year Two we’ve been looking for different examples of materials around school.

Violin demo in Y3 13.09.22

Mrs Coleman is inviting Y3 children to sign up for violin lessons. They loved hearing her play Harry Potter and Baby Shark!

May the force be with you, Y3! 12.09.22

In Science, Y3 began investigating forces today. Can you see them using pushes and pulls to move objects? Then we learned about gravity and heard Isaac Newton’s story.  

Happy return to Y3

It has been lovely returning to school seeing everyone again and looking forward to all the new learning in Year 3.

Fun with Teen Numbers

We’ve been practising  teen numbers in lots of different ways and playing a game at the same time!

Interesting Adjectives

In Year Two we have been looking at different adjectives with similar meanings. It will help us to be fantastic writers!

We Pray for Our Queen

We gathered together to pray for Our Queen this morning. May she rest in peace

Back to school on 6th September 2022

Dear children and parents, We are looking forward to seeing you back at school to start the new school year. Hope you’ve had a good summer!    

Early Years in the snow!

Children in need 2023 in Year 2

Wearing our Pudsey ears and spots!

Year 2 Liturgy – World Youth Day

Year 2 enjoyed sharing their prayers and the Gospel for World Youth Day with our parents and the school.


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