Year 6: The Penguins: Blog items

What a week so far!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 18th May 2022 @ 8:11am

Needless to say, how all the adults and peers at Longton are so incredibly proud of The Penguins tribe for working through their SATs last week and showing great determination. We have had a busy week this week once again, with lots of learning taking place. The children have been writing narratives on The Island of Gulag! They have also been doing Bikeability, Science & rugby - have a look at some of these lessons in action HERE

World Book Day 2022, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 3rd Mar 2022 @ 4:27pm

What a wonderful day we have had celebrating world book day !

The day started with a whole school assembly to introduce the teme and to share a story we wrote as a school in 2020. It was also when the stimulus for this year's whole school write was revealed. Our youngest children, the Lions  started the story and it was then emailed from class to class to be developed. It finally reached year 6 this afternoon and they proofread the story and then added to it. At 2.45 we met back in the hall for the world premiere reading of The Magic Potion. Wow !!!! What a story! Well done, again Longton. Please take some time to share the story as a a family and to ask your child which part their class wrote.

Every class has met up via an online meeting with classes at Barden Primary School in Burnley and Reception and Key Stage 1 have had a visit from Librarian Tom.

At Longton, as well as the World Book Day voucher we like to give the children a book as a gift. Your child will have a lovely book in their book bags this evening. Please enjoy reading them. 

Penguin Update, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 2nd Mar 2022 @ 10:25pm

The Penguin's have been very busy since we returned to school following half term

They have taken part in a webinair on gender stereotypes and another on STEM careers. They have also had a visit from Reece Taylor who spoke to them about living with cerebal palsy. He really was an inspitration to the whole class. We have started a new unit of work in English - Autobiographies and biograpahies- looking at the diary of Anne Frank. This has led to some outstanding discussions about life in Nazi controlled areas during World War 2. Outstanding links to previous learning in History.

In maths they are concentrating on fine tuning their  arithmetic skills becoming more accuate in the use of timestables to successfully divide numbers to 2 digits.

Spelling is currently being develpoed through lots of investigations and through a daily morning task revising phase 5 phonics. Yesterday and this morning we have compared the use of traditional book format and online dictionaries whilst invsetigating prefixes and root words. 

Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 6th Feb 2022 @ 3:07pm

Today in assembly on Tuesday we talked about, animals and how they are the same and if they work well together. The animals we saw were penguins, dolphins and whales, zebras and ostriches and a crocodile and a bird. We also talked about when it’s important to work together.


Our Thursday picture news assembly asked the question ‘What type of events do you think deserve a celebration?’ This question came about as the Queen announced a special competition ahead of her Platinum Jubilee later this year.  On the 6th February Queen Elizabeth will have reigned for 70 years!

The competition is to design a pudding.  There will also be a 4 day bank holiday in June and other events too.  We all like celebrating birthdays and weddings and fireworks.

Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 30th Jan 2022 @ 10:48pm

In our assembly on Tuesday, we talked about a picture and how old it was and how we knew it was old then Mrs Catterall told us a story about the boy in the old picture. Next, we saw a picture of a light  bulb, then an old film projector, after we saw a picture of a phonograph and a gramophone. We then discovered that the boy in the first picture was Thomas Edison and he invented all of the other items in the pictures. We discussed how he would have needed to work hard, that there would have been failures along the way but he kept going. We reflected on when we have had to be like Thomas Edison today and how if we come across something which is tricky or hard work we shouldn’t give up. 

In our assembly on Thursday we talked about Rose off strictly come dancing and how well she did because she is part deaf. We also talked how many people want to learn sign language. This is in the news because people were voting for it to be recognised as an official language in law. We also asked if anyone knew any parts of sign language, year 3 and year 4 performed the rainbow song to the school, they have been learning it during their LPS+ lessons. We also talked about which is more important touch, sound, smell, taste, hear or sight.

Lucie and Evie

Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 23rd Jan 2022 @ 1:48pm

In our assembly on Tuesday we focused on dreams and goals. We are learning to face the big fears of our mountains / challenges. We read a story about a rescue dog that helps in the cold misty mountains and a little boys life, that story taught us not to give up.


On Thursday we had our picture news assembly with the question - is it ever fair to treat others differently because of their looks? We discussed that a Chinese footballer had to cover up his tattoo and he had no choice. We also thought about other jobs like nurses, soldiers and chefs etc. We talked about how it’s not right to judge people by their looks or their culture.

Lucy year 6

Assembly blog, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 16th Jan 2022 @ 3:09pm

On Tuesday in assembly, we were taking about what our Jigsaw lessons are all about - Friendships, how to be respectful, ways to keep safe,  working together as a team, how our bodies change as we get older. This half term our topic is all about dreams and goals. We also mentioned what we might want to do in the future for a job. We thought about how the journey to this might be a bit of a roller coaster, there can be ups and downs and sometimes people change direction to end up doing a different job than the one they first wanted.  But all the way we have to remember our learning powers to work hard and self improve, to show commitment, resilience and perseverance.


On Thursday our picture news assembly was all about the James Webb Telescope.  This is in the news this week because NASA have sent it up into space to find out what our Universe looks like.


I wonder if when we grow up we might get to go into space ourselves. Does anyone want to be an astronaut? Scientists, engineers, designers will all work together to design the space telescope, it takes a long time to create and test. These people both boys and girls will have had to use their learning powers like we talked about in assembly on Tuesday.

Happy New Year!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 7th Jan 2022 @ 8:51am

We hope you all had a safe, warm and loving Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

It goes without saying, that I am very happy to be back in the classroom with the wonderful Penguin Tribe and they truly have shone this week. 

We began our term on World Braille Day, as we tried to understand more about how blind and/or visually impaired individuals navigate the world. This lead us into 'Theo's Story' and then into our first book of this term, The Black Book of Colours. 

You can see our visit from a very calming guide dog, Nutmeg HERE

You can also see our investigation into Evolution and Inheritance HERE



Trip to Blackpool to watch Aladdin, by Mr Pearson

Date: 1st Dec 2021 @ 2:46pm

Today the whole school got on 3 double deckers and travelled to Blackpool Globe Theatre pleasure land to watch Aladdin. We all had a fabulous time thank you very much to all our volunteers who came to help and to Anna for organising.

Snow White production, by Mr Pearson

Date: 2nd Nov 2021 @ 2:23pm

A special treat for all the children today, Mrs Brown organised for a pantomime to come into  school based on Snow White. All the children had a fantastic time. 

Halloween Party Fun, by Mr Pearson

Date: 22nd Oct 2021 @ 10:20am

Lots of fun was had at the school's first disco for 18 months. 


Google Classroom, by Mr Pearson

Date: 12th Oct 2021 @ 11:31am

A guide has been added to the class page to give you directions how to access Google Classroom and Google Meet for parents evening. 

Please check you have your child's username and login.

Lion's your is coming home today 12th October 

Please have a look at how to do before Monday so we can answer any questions.

Kind regards

Mr Pearson  

A Busy Few Weeks, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 4:41pm

The Penguins have been super busy with their learning over the past few weeks. We have been exploring The Nowhere Emporium and continuing to develop our reading. The children have been working on their big writing techniques - writing both about The Nowhere Emporium and Midas Touch! 

We have been consolidating our learning of place value and rounding and this week exploring new concepts in relation to algebra and algebra conventions - great work across all maths these past two weeks Penguins, I am very proud!

In science, we continue to work hard in our exploration of space and the movement of Earth and The Moon. 

This week we also had a visitor from a lovely Buddist lady who shared her experiences and techniques to maintain a positive outlook and mindfullness - you can check out our work here

We have been building our leadership in PE which can also be seen HERE

and check out our other surprise visitor HERE

Back into the swing of things., by Mr Kennedy

Date: 10th Sep 2021 @ 9:52am

It's been a great full week back in the year 6 classroom with lots of brainpower! 

We have been exploring our new text 'The Nowhere Emporium' in English and investigating key vocabulary and its impact on the reader and the senses.

In Maths we have been deepening our understanding of place values in numbers up to 10,000,000! 

History welcomed us to Ancient Greece as we explored the timeline before we delve in further to key events and people.

In Jigsaw, we have been understanding the universal rights of children and where our chocolate comes from. We compared agriculture to farming in the UK.

In Science,  we have been exploring and investigating how the Earth, Moon move and their relationship with the Sun - you can have a look at this lesson HERE

Have a wonderful weekend!


The first days back., by Mr Kennedy

Date: 2nd Sep 2021 @ 7:33pm

The tribe have had a wonderful few days back and we have covered so much! We have recognised our expectations and established new expectations. We have kick-started our science topic, design technology and maths & English. The children have been fantastic and adapted well to get back into a routine. This year truly is going to be fantastic! 

Have a look at some photos of our Science Investigation and trick Design Technology Challenge by click on the links!

Summer Week Five, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 18th May 2021 @ 8:20am

Week 5 Summer term


Maths: in maths this week we were using protractors to measure accurate angles. Earlier in the week, we were learning what statistics are and working on our reasoning.


English: In English, we did our big write on our story gorilla and then practised some SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and grammar) and our comprehension skills.


History: In history, we have been studying the English civil war when Oliver Cromwell was alive and his impact on the war and how some of the events were much local than we first thought! Like The Battle of Preston which took place in the now known, Walton-Le-Dale.

PE: In PE this week we were learning how to improve our accuracy in Tennis and rallies.


Drama: In drama this week we tried to make a piece based on the Victorian ages.


Art: In art, we were starting to start the process of making our own mindfulness robots.


Computing: In computing, we were finishing off our coding game code monkey.




The Penguins


Captain Tom 100, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 4th May 2021 @ 7:28am

On Friday 30th April, it would have been Captain Sir Tom Moore's 101st Birthday. In memory of his amazing life and amazing goal he set for him self, we thought we'd take our own spin on our own Challenge 100 as the Penguin Tribe!

100 Sentences: 

Using an image for inspiration, The Penguins were set a challenge to write 100 sentences inspired by the photo!

100 Lap Challenge

The Penguins were also challenge to run 100 laps around our school track! They absolutely smashed it and achieved their challenge by 13:30! Great job Penguins!

Throughout the day, members of The Penguins tribe set them self some mini-100 challenges! 

We had Aiden doing the 100 lego challenge! 

Finn and a few friends attempted the 100 doodle challenge!

Theo started the 100 push up challenge and inspired a few other peers to join their challenge! 

Anya, Grace and Martha started having a go at the 100 rainbow challenge as well!

Very proud of us all! 

Summer Week Three, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 4th May 2021 @ 7:11am

Week 3 Summer Term Blog

English: In English this week we carried on the book ‘Gorilla’ and wrote some more powerful sentences and upskilling dialogue.


Maths: In maths we have been learning how to times by 10, 100 and 1000 also with decimals. We also learnt how to add and subtract decimals.

We have also been doing our daily Fluent in 5.

We have been putting focus on reasoning questions.


Music: In music we learnt another note E7 and put that into a song called ‘Sur le Pont d'avignon’.


French: In French we were learning were the animals that we learnt last week came from. E.G. Le Pingouin est de l’Antartique= Penguins come from the Antarctic.


Drama: In drama this week we were working on Egyptian discovery of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter.


Art: This week in art we were working on our reflection art cutting out shapes of a piece and reflecting them from the piece of paper that we cut out.


Written by 


The Penguins


Summer Week Two!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 23rd Apr 2021 @ 3:24pm

Summer Term Week 2

We have all had a lovely week this week, the sun has been shining just as bright as our wonderful tribe. Thankyou for a lovely week Penguins, get plenty of rest and enjoy the sun over the weekend. Mr Kennedy

This week we have explored:

Maths: In maths this week we were learning how to order decimal and later in the week learn how to add and subtract them together, making sure we are really understanding out place value with decimals. We have also been working on our daily fluent in 5!

English: In English this week we had a new story with simple sentences in and tried to make them into complex sentences. This is called sentences stacking. We have been looking at Gorilla and identifying key plot points and how they impact the inner feelings of our main character, Hannah. 

We also wrote letters to our partner class, the Puffins at Barden Primary School!

We are really focusing on making sure we have the BEST sentences we can in our writing. 

Topic: This week in topic we were learning facts about countries in different continents. We have explored so many countries around the world and are looking forward to learning more about our local history.


Computing: In computing we learnt how to put pictures into a video and write facts about zoo animals. 


Music: In music we learnt another cord which is the G cord. With this new cord we tried to put it into new songs to play. 



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Summer Week One Blog, by Richard Kennedy

Date: 16th Apr 2021 @ 12:23pm

First week in the new term 

This week we have started learning a lot of things.

Maths: In maths this week we learnt fraction and how to convert them into decimals later in the week. We need to make sure we are focusing on our place values in whole numbers and decimals numbers. Remembering that decimals are tenth, hundredth and thousandth. We have worked very hard this week to get a strong understanding of decimals, understanding thousandths and decimal as fractions E.G 4/10 = 0.4

English: In English we were learning how to proofread our work to get us ready for our next stage of learning key events. We learnt how to get ideas from a picture and videos in preparation for our big writes. We also set up editing and proof reading stations that will help us improve our work!

P.E: In P.E we did a bleep test which is where we here a bleep and run to the other side of the room/Ball cage. After a certain amount of laps you will get to a harder level - this is preparing us for our daily running and endurance building.

#Getfit    #Bleeptest

Music: In music we are learning how to use the ukulele. We learnt the C C7 and F Cord.

French: In French we learnt animals and tried to complete a conversation with another person.

Computing: In Computing we looked on a website of a zoo and made a PowerPoint about animals that we can show to the year 1 class.



The Penguins

Welcome to Summer!, by Richard Kennedy

Date: 14th Apr 2021 @ 5:47pm


I hope you have all had a well rested break after a busy spring term, and are looking forward to an exciting summer term.

I wanted drop in and let parents know how fantastic the Penguin Tribe has been. They have settled back into the classroom very well and have already demonstrated fantastic learning in our lessons. Also, I wanted to let you know that I have uploaded this terms subject organiser to the website and to Google Classroom. The organiser will give you an overview of what's to come over the next seven weeks. 

Please keep up to date with our blog, as each week students from the tribe will be working with me to inform you all about the exciting learning this week - you can keep an eye our to see if your loved one writes the weekly blog or has a little shout out on the Year 5 page.

Wishing you a sunny, safe and joyful summer,


Mr Kennedy.

Easter Service, by Mr Pearson

Date: 25th Mar 2021 @ 8:49pm

Photographs of the event can be found here 

click here 


Online Safety, by Mr Pearson

Date: 3rd Mar 2021 @ 4:59pm

The online world offers amazing opportunities but also brings elements of potential risk and for Parents, making sense of the online world can appear to be an enormous challenge.  Unlike previous generations, the online environment is an integral part of children’s lives and therefore we can no longer consider their wellbeing or safety without also considering their relationship to technology.  However, staying safe online is fundamentally about behaviours rather than the technology itself and if approached from this perspective, we can begin to gain confidence to support our children. 

The link below provides some useful tips for Parents when discussing the online environment with children.  In addition, this page also contains a variety of resources which can be used to develop knowledge and confidence to support children.  You will also find useful information in the news and events section of the site through the link at the bottom of the page.

Penguins Birthday Party, by Mr Croft

Date: 1st Dec 2020 @ 3:51pm

Last Tuesday we had our class  party. We all had so much fun, even if it wasn't our party yet.  
We had 5 suprises! The 1st suprise was doing Just Dance and the best dancers got sweets.

Our 2nd suprise was a drawing competition and Teagan came 3rd, Neve came 2nd and Abi came 1st.

Our 3rd suprise was a film. We watched Nativity 2. We then had lunch which was really yummy especialy when you have been dancing half the morning.

Our 4th surprise was a Vocab trail in which there was a word and a theme. Whoever has the most letters win if all the words are right.

And our 5th suprise was a delicious, yummy cake.

Thanks for reading the Penguins weekly blog.

y5 class blog by Grace Martha and Anya, by Mr Croft

Date: 6th Nov 2020 @ 12:28pm

On Monday we practiced equiviliant fractions in Maths and learned about different compass points in Geography. In grammar we looked at relative clauses. 

On Tuesday we did The Hand Jive in PE and continued to practice equivilant fractions in Maths. In English we practiced our complex sentence skills and we finished the day by creating Marble Run's in DT.

On Wednesday we compared different types of fractions in Maths and had French, ICT and Music with Mr. Richards in the afternoon. 

Thursday we did Dadaism in Art and continued to practice our musical beats. We continued to practice our fractions skills in Maths and ended the day by speeding up our Hand Jive and adding new movements in PE.

On Friday we created portraits of our faces in a Dada style as a surprise for our art teacher next week and we did a few tests in the morning to practice our skills. 

by Anya, Grace and Martha

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