Year 1: The Zebras: Blog items

Super scientists, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 20th May 2022 @ 3:52pm

This week we enjoyed exploring what can float and what can sink. Then we had some plasticine in a could we make it floa? Well done to all who kept going, Maisie, Frankie and Maya were particularly up for the challenge , well done!

In PSHE we have been looking at who help us at home and out of school. We enjoyed role playing different situations and thinking about how we could help.


Have a great weekend, lots f fun for next week, Arts week๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘

More Zebra learning, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 13th May 2022 @ 4:11pm

This week as well as being by the seaside we have also been Science , sorting materials for our friends to try to guess why they all belong together. Building bridges to discover which materials worked best. We talked about how bridges need to be strong, hard and waterproof.

In our PSHE lessons we enjoyed playing games and thinking about why we like being with our friends.

Today we have been sorting air, are and ear words and learning how to make a half and quarters.

Have a great weekend๐Ÿ˜Ž

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside..., by Mrs Pratten

Date: 11th May 2022 @ 3:46pm

We have had a fab day today at the seaside,using our old pennies, a nice long ride on the carousel .Then lunch and and ice cream before hitting the beach. The Zebras had a good time building sandcastles and digging to Australia!!!!

 The sun shone and of course the wind blew but a lovely, lovely day !


Zebras learning, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 6th May 2022 @ 5:34pm

This week in science we have continued to explore materials, thinking about how we could group different objects so that they were the same in some way. In English we enjoyed working in groups thinking about questions we could ask about our story , The mouse, the frog and the little red hen. In maths we have been  grouping objects equally and trying to think of different ways to create equal groups with 12 objects.

We are looking forward to our trip to Southport on Wednesday and compared swimming outfits in history, we’re glad we don’t wear woollen costumes!

Superstar Zebras!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 12:27pm

This week we have carried on with learning all about materials. We used our senses to look and feel what the materials were like. We then thought of words to describe them like, bendy, hard, rough , transparent. We also worked with a partner to describe objects and then try to guess what it was. 

Of course we have also been busy practising for our class assembly , a big well done fantastic Zebras, you were amazing!!๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒŸ

Hope you enjoyed it and enjoy the extra holiday!! 

Excellent detectives!!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 22nd Apr 2022 @ 5:42pm

This week, armed with iPads , we were off to find things made from different materials. We looked inside and outside and took photos , we found all sorts.

In phonics we enjoyed looking for ‘ir’ words hidden around. We had to find them and then sound them out and write them down. 

We have also been busy practising for our class assembly next week, on Thursday morning, you are all invited!

Have a lovely weekend๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŒŸ

Spring fun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 1st Apr 2022 @ 4:58pm

Well done to all those children who made an Easter bonnet, they all looked fantastic.

Today the sun shone for our Spring walk to the Brickcroft but it was a bit chilly!

We did manage to spot lots of flowers and trees that we have been learning about at school.

Thank you to all our lovely helpers, have a great Easter, don’t eat too many eggs!


More photos!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 30th Mar 2022 @ 5:01pm

Photos of capacity work! I tried to put too many on๐Ÿคช

Busy busy!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 30th Mar 2022 @ 4:21pm

This week in maths we have been finding out about volume, how full or empty a container is and capacity , how big or small the container is. We filled up different containers with a spoon and then a cup. The spoon took ages...because it holds less!

A very exciting week in DT we got to make our own smoothies! We have been chopping, slicin, blitzing and loving it!!! Of course we also got to taste too- delicious!

Dont forget the Brickcroft on Friday... warm coats I think!

This weeks amazing learning, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 25th Mar 2022 @ 2:36pm

This week in maths we have enjoyed finding out about mass, how much things weigh and wether they are heavy or light. We used balance scales to watch what happened too, we thought they were a bit like a seesaw. We have enjoyed the sunshine with some fun phonics outside. In DT today we loved trying smoothies, they tasted delicious.We had to be smoothie detectives and work out what was in each one. Then we tried each ingredient , described them and ticked if we liked it or not. We can’t wait till next week when we get to prepare and chop up fruit to put in smoothies ourselves! Have a go at  the weekend at making your own smoothie , tell me all about it on Monday. 

On Monday we will be changing school library books , don’t forget to bring them in so you can have a new one for the holidays.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunshine๐Ÿ˜Ž

Busy busy, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 4th Mar 2022 @ 2:04pm

This week we have continued to find out more about plants, naming  and identifying plants that grow in the garden.We looked around school too to see what was growing.Have a look in your garden over the weekend - what can you see? Can you name them? How can you find out what they are? In DT this week a good link to our Science work, we were sorting items into fruit or vegetable. We learnt that if they have seeds they are a fruit, we enjoyed tasting some! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‚

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. 

World book day, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 3rd Mar 2022 @ 3:56pm

We had a great world book day.We all helped write a fantastic story, each class adding and building on it,look out for it later on the blog. We enjoyed a story session with Tom from the library. We loved sharing our favourite stories with our friends and finally finished our chapter book, Harry the poisonous centipede which we have loved! 

First week back, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 25th Feb 2022 @ 3:51pm

This week we have been looking at seeds and bulbs and thinking about what a plant is.We have planted sunflower seeds and sweet peas , a big thank you to Chloe’s mum for bringing some in for us to plant :) In history we have been looking at different bridges and their designers and working out which bridge was the oldest /newest and who designed which one - looking for clues in the photos.

Have a lovely weekend.

Finished windmills, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 10th Feb 2022 @ 3:50pm

Some of our finished wonderful windmills๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™‚

Wonderful windmills!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 9th Feb 2022 @ 5:43pm

We have been working hard in DT designing and making windmills.We finished them yesterday and enjoyed sharing our designs with our friends. It had to stand up, Have turbines and an axle.

In art we have enjoyed finishing off our terrific texture pictures.We have made cold landscapes and they look great!

Today we also had an exciting visitor to school, a police dog handler who bought his dogs, Maverick and Goose.We enjoyed meeting them and learnt how clever they are at helping the police.

Home work for the holidays is the holiday passport, I do enjoy reading what you get up to in the holidays.Books I have  will come on Thursday, quite a few children must have them still at home, please  help the children complete 2 pages with pictures, photos, writing,posters ,stickers however you want to do it! 

Dont forget the valentine shop at school to tomorrow and the disco in the evening.Busy Busy!! 

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.

Winter walk, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 4th Feb 2022 @ 4:10pm

Today we had a great walk to the Brickcroft, we saw lots of birds and squirrels.We enjoyed feeding the ducks and the other birds too. We were glad of hot chocolate too warm us up as it was cold!! We also saw trees without leaves as well as some evergreen trees. A lovely morning.

A big thank you to all our helpers for coming along with us, my iPad died unfortunately so not   too many photos but you will get the flavour. Have a lovely weekend ๐Ÿ˜Š

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

Zebras amazing learning, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 28th Jan 2022 @ 5:53pm

In Art we have been combining our new skills, mixing shade of colour and adding texture.We have created the background to our cold pictures ready to add more deatail, they are looking great! In English we have finished our leaflet on our cold theme parks, we have had some fabulous ideas, all of the would persuade me to go!  In Geography today we enjoyed finding out about the equator and where hot and cold places are.

Mrs Woolley told us all about Burns Night , we tasted haggis and made short bread, don’t forget to return your completed bird watch surveys so Mrs Woolley can send them off to the RSPB.

Today Samuel shared with the class how he is raising money for the charity Stand by me by taking part in February on the floor. He is sleeping on the floor a couple of nights to raise awareness of how not all children in the world have a comfortable bed to sleep in when they go to sleep. The Zebras thought this was great idea , if you want to join in visit the website, Stand by me charity for more information. Or you might even like to sponsor Samuel and help children not as lucky as us.

Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŒŸ

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 Mrs Pratten

Date: 4th Jan 2022 @ 8:28pm

Happy New Year and welcome back. Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas, however you may have celebrated! 

Lovely to see the children all back and enthusiastic. We had a great first day settling back in to routines and finding out about how New Year is celebrated, making a promise of something  to improve on. 

This afternoon we met Nutmeg, a guide dog, we learnt  about how clever they are at helping people who are visually impaired , how long it takes to train them and other items that help people who can’t see as well. The best bit...we all got to stroke Nutmeg. A big thank you to Oscar in Year 3 and his mum  and of course Nutmeg.๐Ÿ™‚

Christmas fun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 14th Dec 2021 @ 3:35pm

Today we enjoyed a fabulous Christmas party,lots of dancing, games and Christmas fun!

Last week we enjoyed our Christmas dinner and jumper day.

A fun day!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 7th Dec 2021 @ 6:45pm

Today the Zebras enjoyed a lovely story session at the library.Tom read some very funny stories to us! We also enjoyed being artists in the afternoon, learning how to print using Lego blocks. We created some lovely pictures and effects.

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