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Longton Christmas Bake Off, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 5th Dec 2023 @ 9:59pm

Thank you to all of the children who entered the Longtn Christmas Bakeoff on Friday. The number of entries was fantastic and there were so many wonderful bakes. The Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble took a long time to judge the bakes. Congratulations to all of our bakers. 

Great Longton Bake Off, by Mr Pearson

Date: 5th Dec 2023 @ 11:20am

On Friday the great Longton bake off took place. The Koala tribe entered the most cakes and were successful in winning and coming second in the in KS2 competition. Well done to all especially Amelia, Georgie and Rebecca. 

Knowledge harvest, by Mr Pearson

Date: 5th Dec 2023 @ 11:14am

Today we have been harvesting our knowledge of what we have learnt this term and what we have remembered. 

A wonderful week!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 8:36pm

What a busy week! Christmas performances, stomping on the crunchy frosty grass, being scientists for the day and even creating some amazing caves for the Gruffalo.

Our traditional Tales topic took us on a journey looking at the different settings of stories. We had a class quiz and really showed that we knew our stories very well! We also looked at a local Author, Nick Park and had a go at creating Gromit the dog.

We talked about stories we read at home and decided that Julia Donaldson was a firm favourite author. We read The Gruffalo and also The Gruffalos Child. We also watched the final clip of the mouse creating the shadow of the big, bad mouse.

This lead us nicely into our super science lesson. We learnt about light and how shadows are made. We then experimented all day. Indoors and outdoors we drew around shadows, created shadow puppets and made our own shadow puppet theatre. Our super scientists discovered that their shadows had changed places later in the day and also that they could make them bigger and smaller depending on how far or close they are from the light source. 

It was lovely of Mrs.Watkinson to join us this morning. Mrs. Watkinson is one of our school governors and the children thoroughly enjoyed her visit today.

We hope you enjoyed the Christmas Play. The children enjoyed learning the songs, the actions and the story. They really did want to get on that stage and use the microphone! Thank you for your help organising costumes.

Our homework this week is to focus on our tricky words, phonics and our reading books. Please feel free to cut up the rainbow words and use them as you like. Some ideas from last year were to have them going up the stairs or on kitchen cupboards. Please share any great ideas with us and we will pass them on.


Fantastic Nativity play, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 12:15pm

A big well done to the Giraffes for fabulous performances of there Nativity play. They worked hard learning lines, singing songs and knowing when to come on and off. We were very proud of their confidence...definitely F. A. N. T. A. S. T. I. C!!!!

Jigsaw, by Mr Pearson

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 8:24am

3 puzzle experts in the club from the Koalas 

Busy Day, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 29th Nov 2023 @ 9:08pm

The Elephants have had a really busy day .

The day started with a visit to Longton Library where Helen shared lots of really interesting facts about Christmas. She then read us some Christmas poems and chose some of the children to read poems aloud.

Next the cildren all got to make gorgeous Christmas cards.

Back in school the children worked hard in English to bring scenes from Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and The Tempest to life with actions and dialogue. The rsults ww=ere amazing. 

Congratulations, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 26th Nov 2023 @ 5:34pm

The Elephnats have been shining and have earned themseleves a number of class compliments for displaying Longton behaviour. They have now achieved 20 compliments and which means they can choose a class treat. 

Well done Elephants- I am super proud of you . 

Getting excited ..., by Mrs Pratten

Date: 24th Nov 2023 @ 6:18pm

We have been busy with our play, knowing our lines and improving our songs...we were very excited to try on our costumes. We can’t wait to share it!!

Don t forget to get your tickets for either Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday evening.

We have been using our part whole model to help us write addition and subtraction number sentences. 

In History we started to learn about Robert Goddard, the inventor of the first liquid fuelled rocket.

In English we learnt about verbs, doing words and how they change if used in the past or the present eg I am looking.I looked.

Have a good weekend, enjoy some sunshine!

Moving house!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 22nd Nov 2023 @ 8:11pm

What a busy week!

Although we have been singing Christmas songs for a few weeks now our rehearsals have started with year one for our production next week. We are busy creating props, learning songs and dances. The penguins are enjoying themselves and are already asking if they can use the microphone on stage and be narrators like year one.

We have had a little change around in class  and now have a breakfast area for our toast and milk. This has already been a success! The children can eat when they are ready, chat to friends, wear the Christmas oven gloves (which seems to be the favourite thing!) and tidy up after themselves. 

The penguins have also decided that they would like a post office in the classroom. They decided they would like a wrapping area, weighing parcels area, a post box and lots of cards and papers to stamp. Please save us any old cards or wrapping paper and if you get a tall box delivered please keep it if you think we could work our penguin magic and create a post box. The children also want bikes ready for delivering the mail.

Therefore we have had to move our classroom house! It was a huge team effort but we managed to relocate to one of our large outdoor sheds. We are looking forward to decorating this for Christmas and putting up a tree that can be decorated each day.

Thank you for your help with reading. The children are really shining. 

Some picturs to share!









Bringing Shakespeare to Life, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 19th Nov 2023 @ 9:46pm

In drama the children have been bringing their learning in English to life with Mr Sumner. They have been working on Macbeth in their drama lessons and Friday had an amazing time using replica swords to create fight scenes. 

Getting ready..., by Mrs Pratten

Date: 17th Nov 2023 @ 4:50pm

This week we have been busy learning our Nativity songs and practising our words, well done and thank you to those who have been reading through at home it is sounding good!

In science we have been continuing to learn about Seasons and seasonal changes,we really enjoyed  making season jigsaws, As part of Parliament week we read an interesting book where we found out all about the Houses of Parliament.

Have a lovely weekend :) 

Sporting events in the Koalas, by Mr Pearson

Date: 17th Nov 2023 @ 2:35pm

Honing our basketball skills and learning to ride our bikes safely. 

Koala enterprise event, by Mr Pearson

Date: 17th Nov 2023 @ 2:29pm

The Koala tribe had a fantastic time making chocolate snowball truffles. The children made a profit of over £60. Huge thanks to chef Jackson who organised and supported the children in production of the truffles. 

Trip back on time to WW2, by Mr Pearson

Date: 17th Nov 2023 @ 2:20pm

Today we visited Lancashire Museum in Preston to experience life in WW2. 

The beginning of our dance,, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 17th Nov 2023 @ 8:06am

The beginning of something special from the Pandas. We have begun our movements for our Iron Man inspired dance, using physical theatre to create inanimate objects with our bodies - next week, we will be working on adding an ensemble dance piece to our overall performance!

Top Secret Mission!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 17th Nov 2023 @ 7:56am

The Y4 & Y5 tribe visited the Lancashire History Museum yesterday, where we were on a top secret mission! 

Year 4 & year 5

  • Spies in the skies – The tribes met a representative from RAF Medmenham and learned about aerial reconnaissance during WWII. The children used photographic interpretation using genuine WWII images to discover enemy secrets.
  • D-Day – It's 1944 and rumours of invasion are in the air! The tribes had the important task of sifting through information gathered behind enemy lines to prepare a document for a top-secret briefing. They needed good attention to detail, good teamwork and decisive action to ensure success of their mission.
  • SOE Agents – The children discovered the role of the WWII secret agents, and the huge impact they had on the course of the war. Pupils forged their ID papers, made gadgets and learned the tricks of the wartime spy. 
  • Code breakers – We met a code breaker from Bletchley Park and discovered the secret war they waged that hugely impacted WWII. They discovered and practiced codes and ciphers including Morse code.

I will huff and I will puff!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 16th Nov 2023 @ 9:19pm

This week the penguins have been creating a new home for the three little pigs in their DT work. They had a variety of resources to choose from. When the homes were finished the children took it in turns to talk about their design and explain what they had ‘joined’ and also what they had ‘connected’.

We had upside down houses, dens and even homes that had added sparkle! We then put the homes to the test! We didn’t have a wolf so the next best thing was a hairdryer to huff and puff the houses down. 

The homes won! A few wobbled and a few almost took off but they were so well made the three pigs were safe and sound!

The penguins have done amazing phonics work this week as they have had some very tricky sounds. Please continue to read each day to help the children become confident with these sounds. 

Already the children are counting down the sleeps until their buddies walk them to church next week for our celebration assembly.

The penguins have chosen their own parts for the year one / reception Christmas play. A letter will come out next week to ask for you to send in any items needed for their costume.

Thank you

Pictures to follow shortly.

Remembrance, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 12th Nov 2023 @ 6:09pm

On Friday we held our Remembrance service, the children showed a great deal of respect throughout the service.  Our guided reading texts have been connected to Remembrance this week and in English we have been learning about animals in World War 1.  The children were given a free writing task, a poem, prayer, a factsheet.  Here are a few of their creations. 


Science, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 12th Nov 2023 @ 6:06pm

We have been looking at lots of animals and matching the baby animal with their adult.  Some looked their adult some didn't. 

Our special remembrance service., by Mrs Thomson

Date: 12th Nov 2023 @ 10:37am

The penguins have embraced their learning this week.

We have been working hard on our ‘Traditional Tales’ topic. We have looked at how some stories change over time, pictures and books from the past and how many of the traditional tales begin - long, long ago and once upon a time. We enjoyed looking at Evies special non fiction book.

We will be baking next week and the penguins are looking forward to this. 

We have enjoyed our shape work in maths this week which took us on a journey at looking at the art work produced by Kandinsky. We have recreated his work which has been admired by many children and teachers in school already.

The children are enjoying their writing activities in class. Did they tell you we covered the carpet with wallpaper for them to practise their name writing?

On Friday the penguins joined the whole school for a very special remembrance assembly. The children listened to our very special guest Mr. Turner.

We have started learning our Christmas songs in class! How exciting!


Special Guest, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 10th Nov 2023 @ 8:18pm

This afternoon we welcomed Katherine Fletcher, the Member of Parliament for South Ribble to school. Katherine asked the children lots of questions about what they knew about parlaiment and their answers were fantastic. She then spoke about herself, her interests, former careers. The children then asked a whole variety of execllent questions. A great launchpad for Parliament Week next week. 

Remembrance Day, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 10th Nov 2023 @ 7:10pm

This morning we had our anual Remebrance Service in the hall. We were once again joined by Mr Turner from the Royal British Legion.

This year Thiomas played the Last Post on his trombone- he was magnificent. 

Remembrance Day, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 10th Nov 2023 @ 5:23pm

We had an interesting morning learning all about Remembrance Day, we talked about why we celebrate, looked at old photos of WW2 , took part in our special assembly and talked about we we had dressed up as.

The children all looked amazing, thank you for supporting, the sun was their eyes for the photos hence some are grimacing!!!

Enjoy your weekend. :) 

Fire Service Visit, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 5th Nov 2023 @ 7:30pm

We had a visitor to our classroom this week, Firefighter Josh.

He told us about his different roles; putting out fires, rescuing farm animals from ditches, carrying out fire safety checks, helping when there is a flood, cutting people out of cars in an accident and dealing with grass fires and chemical spills. One job he has never personally had to do was rescue a cat from a tree - an idea from the tribe. 

He talked about Stop, Drop and Roll. This is what you do if part of your clothing caught on fire.  Well done Oliver for an excellent demonstration. 

We listened to a fire alarm and discussed how we would get out of the house, checking door handles to see if they were hot and crawling along the floor to keep out of the rising smoke. 

Once out stay out, you must never go back in for anything. 

Contact the School

Longton Primary School

School Ln

Main Contact: Linda Masterson

Tel: 01772 612 495

SEN Contact: Rebecca Catterall and Di Regan

SEN Email: Senco@longton.lancs.sch.uk