Year 4: The Bongos: Blog items

Christmas Lunch , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 12th Dec 2018 @ 6:43pm

It has been a lovely day . The Bongos have earned 3 class compliments today for their wonderful behaviour, I am so proud of them!

Jsut before we headed into the hall for our Christmas Lunch we had a festive sing song, with The Twelve Days of Christmas being the winning performance.

In the hall  the children were all able to pull a cracker whilst enjoying their school Christmas lunch or packed lunch with their friends and lots of Christmas music.

This afternoon was film time with the whole school joining together to watch the film Wonder, the Bongos all picked up on the important messages in the film- ask them to share their thoughts with you.

Engergetic Start to the day, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 10th Dec 2018 @ 9:14am

The Bongos have started their day revising the 6 times table dancing and singing with Fred The Red on BBC SuperMovers. Fred is the mascot of Manchester United 

Upcoming homework, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 4th Dec 2018 @ 8:47pm

This weeks homework has been sent home today, please make sure it is completed and handed in on Tuesday 11th December. It is really important that homewok is completed and handed in on time.

This weeks tasks will be : English- an activity on clauses which we have been working on in class this week.

Maths- multiplying by 10 and 100.

Please can all work be completed in the homework books neatly ( NOT ON THE SHEETS)- presentation is very important.


WOW!!!, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 4th Dec 2018 @ 8:31pm

Thank you everybody for all of your brilliant potions homework. You have worked really hard and the work has made an amazing display in our classroom.

We will be doing our final potion work this week when we publish an amazing piece of writing each for the dispaly board .

Fun filled learning., by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 23rd Nov 2018 @ 1:44pm

It has  been another amazing week in the Bongo classroom. We have been particularly creative on Thursday and Friday.

To consolidate our learning about perimeter and area  we created paintings in the style of Piet Mondrian. The first task was to draw out our squares and rectangles and then calculate the perimeter and area. Next the paintings were created.

We have been focussing on instructions in English and using the idea of George's aftershave in our book Desireable the children created potions that would give them superpowers. Potions made, ingredient lists written a great job was done using imperative verbs and time conjunctions to write first class instructions. They will be on display soon in a class book.

Today has been group work Friday , the children have worked in groups of 3 to complete a problem solving task calculating the perimeter needed for enclosing a range of dinosaurs. There was great group work and super mathematical discussions. 

The rest of the day has seen us swallowed up in enthusiasm for WRITING 😀. Yes it is official the Bongos love writing and have thrown themselves whole heartedly into creating a range of Foodimal characters to use in a story . They are busy creating settings now.


Firework Poster WINNER, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 4th Nov 2018 @ 8:49pm

We recieved some very exciting news on Friday in assembly.

Mrs Brown had a envelope containing tickets for Worden Park Bonfire this Monday, they had been dropped off by Lancashire Fire and Rescue service.

The posters we had entered into the competition had been judged against those from all other local schools and we are pleased to announce that Bronwen was a successful winner.  We are very proud of her, she produced an amazing entry.




Firework Poster Competition, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 31st Oct 2018 @ 7:34am

Thanks you to everyone who entered the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Firework and Bonfire Safety competition. 

They have been submitted to Leyland.  Fingers crossed we have a winning entry amoung us.

I was very impressed with the entries.  


Wow!, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 19th Oct 2018 @ 11:51am

Wow what a week the Bongos have had!

We had another wonder moment this week . During an English lesson the children watched a short clip from Wednesdays BBC documentary Without Limits: Australia. A short lesson thinking about empathy turned into an epic wonderful writing activity. The reluctant Bongos asked to write! A real wonder moment for myself and Mr Kennedy. And boy have they written! Each veteran in the film will be receiving a letter from a child in the class. Dean from Australia has already tweeted us to say thank you for watching the programme. 

Friday morning has been circuit building and recording using symbols learnt earlier in the week. There is a real enthusiasm in the room today. Well done Bongos. 

Homework is the holiday passports, most of the children must still have them at home so please can they be done and returned to school in early November.

Happy Half Term 

Harvest 2018, by Mrs Brown

Date: 14th Oct 2018 @ 11:56am

Thank you to everybody who joined us for the Harvest Service and also for the generous donations.  All the food items have now been shared out between local residents, resdidential homes and the food bank.

No pencil Wednesday , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 10th Oct 2018 @ 8:42pm

For 3 lessons today the children were not allowed to use pencil, paper or any other writing implements. The first session involved lining up as a class in response to different criteria such as month of birthday. The tricky part of this was that no talking was allowed . The Bongos rose to this challenge magnificently and communicated through gestures  and by guiding each other into position. Real teamwork in action. The next lesson was English. After watching clips of storytellers in action the children worked in pairs to tell stories. They used picture books and stories they were familiar with and videoed their efforts on iPads. The final session involved one person describing a shape which their partner had to identify. Once correctly identified a counter was placed on the shape mat.

Discussing the day the children said that they had missed being able to plan their stories with a pencil but they felt they had used other skills such as listening, teamwork and speaking really well. 

Performance Maths, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 14th Sep 2018 @ 1:49pm

Today we revisited rounding numbers up and down. Before completing a challenge task the children worked in groups to create and perform jingles with movement to help them remember the rules

Year 4 Trip, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 12th Sep 2018 @ 8:17am

The Bongos had a wonderful day out learning more about World War 1. Their first visit of the day was to The Museum of Lancashire where they were met by a WW1 soldier and a volunteer nurse. They spent the morning learning about life in the trenches whilst sitting in a replica trench and learning about the role of the volunteer nurses and how casualties were treated on the battle field.

The afternoon was spent at the Lancashire Military Museum. On arrival the class were met by a Colour Sergeant  and a Sergeant who put them through their paces with a 40 minute drill session. Next the children learnt about uniforms, signed joining up papers and recited their oath to the king. 

Virtual reality , by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 5th Sep 2018 @ 2:58pm

Today KS 2 all took part in a virtual reality session to learn about the trenches of World War 1. The Bongos loved every minute of their session. They learnt so much and have spent the rest of the day using their new knowledge in Art, history and English. As a treat at the end of the day we listened to some Michael Rosen poems . 

Goodbye Giraffes, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 23rd Jul 2018 @ 1:20pm

Well Year 4 one more day to go before you begin your summer holiday. Today is my last day with you and I would just like to say how much I have enjoyed being your teacher since February. You have made me welcome and have shown me that you are all still wonderful learners.Thank you for being so wonderful.

I hope you all have a fun filled summe and come back rested and ready to impress Miss Reynolds in Year 5. 

Ninja Warrior Challenge, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 13th Jul 2018 @ 1:41pm

The Giraffes had a great time working with Jonny on the Ninja challenge

Picture News - British Values - w/c 16th July, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th Jul 2018 @ 7:00am

Here is this week Picture News at home.  

Peace Garden, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 9th Jul 2018 @ 4:55pm

Following a spellbinding story teller by The BFG this morning the Giraffes joined with the rest of the school for the dedication of our amazing Peace Garden. After the official dedication by Mr Turner scones and lemonade were enjoyed by all. 

Thursday assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 8th Jul 2018 @ 9:26am

In today's assembly we were talking about what people have in common. There were three people. We thought reasons of why they are in common: they were old, they were famous and are all humans. They were all 70 and that is how long the NHS has been open. The NHS has helped all of us in the past, but unfortunately not everyone uses it right. People can have a small problem (a problem that could be solved by a doctor) and go to the A and E department; this makes the NHS hospital waits very long and makes people angry. We are all very lucky that we have the NHS in this country. We watched a very old video - 70 years old- which informed us about the opening of the national health service. It was very interesting. We decided that it was very important to say thank you to the hard-workers of the NHS, they save lives and make us well. They look after and help us. We should appreciate the amazing work they do!


Gracie and Abigail  


Take Over Day, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 6th Jul 2018 @ 11:39am

Today is Year 6 TakeOver Day. The Giraffes have 4 new teachers Miss Holden, Miss Robinson, Mr Jones and Mr Yeowart. 

NSPCC Thank you Assembly , by Mrs Catterall

Date: 4th Jul 2018 @ 3:11pm

This morning Jo from the NSPCC came to school to thank us  for all our fundraising efforts. 

I am pleased to tell you that almost  50% of the children returned their forms with class 2 and class 6 being the biggest returners.  Well done Penguins and Bears.

I am very proud to let you know that Longton Primary School have raised an amazing


A massive thankyou to you all, Jo was quite overwhelmed.  The money raised means that we have funded the ability for 260 phone calls to be taken by Childline.  That means we have helped support more children than we have in our school.  THANKYOU. 

Dont worry if you still have your forms and money at home, bring it in and we will send it off to the NSPCC at the end of the school year.

Thank you again,

Mrs Catterall, Sara and Gracie.


Mondays assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 3rd Jul 2018 @ 11:01pm

Today's assembly was about who chooses what we eat! Many of us said that it is usually our parents and maybe us. In the news this week they were talking about: increasing healthy eating; banning adverts that advertise foods that aren't good for us and not allowing children under 1618 to buy energy drinks. We then had a vote if we think they should do this or if we think they shouldn't do this. We had four pupils from different classes saying their opinion on why they should do this, they all said that it is unhealthy to be able to buy energy drinks and buy takeaways not knowing how many calories we are intaking. We then heard the opposition. We had lots of different reasons like: it is unfair to children because they aren't allowed what adults do, a lot of people would lose their jobs as big companies/restaurants that sell those type of things might not do as well because not as many people would buy and someone thought that it was our choice and we should choose what we want to buy.  We all decided that if we have the choice to do something it should always be the most sensible one.


Gracie and Abigail

NSPCC Sponsor money, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 26th Jun 2018 @ 6:11pm

Please can all NSPCC sponsor forms and money be returned tomorrow. 

Thankyou for your support

Sara and Gracie

Monday Assembly Blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 25th Jun 2018 @ 8:34pm

In today's assembly we talked about what we like doing in our spare time. We had lots of different ideas going to the cinema, football and playing on the trampoline with siblings. We looked at a question, which was: Are computer games damaging our health? We were then discussing about a boy who couldn't go to school for over a year because he just wanted to play video games. After that we looked at lots of opinions ( none of them were wrong, we all have lots of different opinions ) some were FOR video/computer games and some were AGAINST them. We then listened to a story about a girl who loved video games and she got a special parcel in the post. When putting them on she realised that people were losing their minds for video games. She became sad when she noticed how much time she had lost with her friends. We were then talking about things that people did and if it was healthy or not. We decided that 2/3 activities were healthy.


Gracie and Abigail

Picture News - British Values - w/c 25th June, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 24th Jun 2018 @ 6:33pm

Please find attached the Picture News resource we will be exploring in assembly this week. 

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