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Picture News

We are a Picture News Advocate School!

We have been using 'Picture News' in school for several years now. Every week, we share the Picture News in classes, using the excellent online resources. The children - of all ages - engage really well with the images and the topics covered; the topics are always really current and relevant.


We also have a prominent display in the entrance to school, which shows the 'Big Picture' for each week and asks the children for their ideas or comments about this. 


In addition, we share Picture News weekly with our families at home through our weekly bulletin and via our school website, so the issues can also be considered and discussed at home.  


Picture News enables us to deliver much of the work we do in school on British Values, and also helps us to support our children in considering the key issues of the day.


Please follow the link below, to find out how Picture News supports British Values at Our Lady & St Patrick's.

Take a look at some of the weekly big pictures and themes from Picture News, below:


Picture News - 30th January 2023

Story: Brazil's new President, Luiz Inácio da Silva (also known as Lula), has said he aims to reduce deforestation and help protect the Amazon rainforest.

Question: Does the natural world have rights?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 23rd January 2023

Story: A drink called ‘Prime Hydration’, sold, and promoted by online influencers, has arrived in the UK and as quickly as it arrived, it sold out.

Question: How much control do influencers have over our choices?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 16th January 2023

Story: The Repair Café in Wales, believes that because of the cost-of-living crisis, many of us are increasingly repairing, and upcycling items, instead of throwing them away.

Question: Do we throw things away too easily?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 2nd January 2023

Story: A flatpack wind turbine, invented by then 15-year-old Douglas Macartney from Scotland, has now been developed into a working prototype to help provide power to communities in need.

Question: Should all the energy we use be renewable?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 12th December 2022

Story: Nasa officials have recently announced that humans could live on the Moon during this decade.

Question: What would it be like to live on the Moon?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 14th - 21st November 2022

Story: Pupils in schools should not be unfairly singled out for having afro hair, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said in new guidelines for schools.


Question: Should we ever have to change our appearance?


Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 7th - 13th November

Story: Animal rescue groups around the world are seeing a jump in the number of animals being brought to their shelters, as household finances are squeezed.

Question: Should more be done to help rescue pets?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 31st October - 6th November

Story: A robot named Ai-Da has become the first robot to speak in the House of Lords in Westminster, London. The robot spoke to the House about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the future of arts, fashion, and music.

Question: Will robots make the world a better place?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:


Picture News 17th-23rd October

Story: All Lidl chocolate bunnies are to be melted following the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland’s ruling, agreeing that they are similar to Lindt’s own bunny-shaped chocolate treat.

Question: If we do something wrong, who should decide the consequences?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 10th - 16th October

Story: Serena Williams, and Roger Federer, who have dominated tennis tournaments all over the world and won 43 Grand Slam titles between them, both announced their retirements recently.

Question: Should we all aim to be the best?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 3rd - 9th October 2022 - Competition

Story: Popular dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing, has returned to Blackpool Tower’s refurbished ballroom.

Question: Do we achieve more when there is competition?

Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 21st September 2022

Story: King Charles has been formally proclaimed as the new King. After Queen Elizabeth died, the title of monarch automatically passed over to Charles, making him King Charles III. Prior to her funeral, tens of thousands of people formed a queue reaching close to 5 miles long to view the Queen’s coffin. Question: Who is Britain’s new King?

Picture News 5th - 11th September: Celebrating Differences

Story: Strictly Come Dancing 2021 winner, Rose Ayling-Ellis, has teamed up with Barbie to unveil their first doll with behind-the-ear hearing aids. Question: Can toys help us celebrate our differences? Virtual Picture News: Found here:

Picture News 17th June 2022

Story: During a recent conference, huge technology company, Google, announced the introduction of the ‘Monk Skin Tone Scale’ to improve representation in online searches and photo search results. Question: How can we make sure that everyone is included? Virtual Assembly: Found here:

Picture News - The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

Story: 2022 marks 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s service and Buckingham Palace has revealed the celebration line-up marking the Platinum Jubilee that will occur during June’s four-day Bank Holiday weekend.


Question: How important is it for us to have a sense of duty?


Full resource can be found here:

Picture News 13th May 2022

⭐ This week's Picture News to discuss at home⭐
Story: Cereal company Kellogg's is taking the UK government to court over new rules that would stop some of its cereals being put at the forefront of supermarket shelves, due to their high sugar content.
Question: Should you always be allowed to choose your own breakfast?

Full resource, including virtual assembly:


Picture News 6th May 2022

Story: Danielle Webb, who is 23 and lives with dwarfism, recently wrote a children’s book and regularly visits schools to help educate others about her condition in a bid to stamp out prejudice.

Question: What makes us unique?


Please chat with children about this week's issue at home. For the complete resource, please follow the link:


Picture News 29th April 2022

Story: Chief executive of Tesla and richest person in the world, Elon Musk, has struck a deal to buy social media giant, Twitter. He has raised questions about Twitter’s handling of free speech.

Question: Should we have the right to say whatever we choose?


Please chat with children about this week's issue at home. For the complete resource, please follow the link:

Picture News 22nd April 2022

Story: Access to a new scheme offering free pet healthcare across 38 European countries, is now available to Ukrainian refugees who have left the country with their pets to avoid the conflict. Question: Should pets be protected more than other animals? Virtual Assembly: Found here:


Picture News Special - Helping Ukraine

Picture News 21st March 2022

Picture News 14th March 2022

Picture News 17th January 2022

Picture News 10th January 2022

Picture News 14th June 2021

Picture News 24th May 2021

Picture News 3rd May 2021

Picture News 22nd March 2021

Picture News 15th March 2021

Picture News 22nd February 2021

Picture News 23rd November 2020

Picture News 12th October 2020

Picture News 5th October 2020

Picture News 28th September 2020

Picture News 7th September 2020

Picture News- Black Lives Matter

Picture News 10th February 2020

Picture News 3rd February 2020

Picture News 27th January 2020

Picture News 20th January 2020

Picture News 13th January 2020

Picture News 6th January 2020

Picture News 16th December 2019

Picture News 9th December 2019

Picture News 2nd December 2019

Picture News 11th November 2019

Picture News 14th October 2019

Picture News 7th October 2019

Picture News 30th September 2019

Picture News 9th September 2019