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Arts Week Day 2, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 21st May 2024 @ 3:48pm

Today has been a very busy day. 6 children went to New Longton Bowling Club to take part in a crown green bowling competition- they played well and had lots of fun.

In class the children did some transition based art with Mrs Atkinson and Mrs Doherty. They then researched wildlife in Antarctica and chose animals they want to add to their iceberg sculptures and to use in a pinting later in the week. 

This afternoon has been the last sports day for Year 6 and they did an amazing job leading thier teams around the activities. I have had lots of very lovely comments from staff . Well done.


Art Week Day 1, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 20th May 2024 @ 8:35pm

We began day 1 by creating coil pots- we learnt how to create bases for our pots and how to make the coils. We also looked at how the clay needs to be scored and made wet inorder for it to stick. After making a few layers of plain coils we added spheres, prisms and curved pieces of clay to depict the snow, ice and sea of our chosen continent Antarctica.

Next we became sculptors creating icebergs out of clay to be used in a piece of work about the impact climate change is having on Antarctica. 



Well done!, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 19th May 2024 @ 6:09pm

Well done Year 6 !

You have tackled your SATs with great determination this week and shown everyone in school how hard you have worked to be ready to dot the tests. You were all confident and so proud of yourselves. 

The whole school are proud of you and we know that each and every one of you has tried your very best.

It was great to see the enjoyment you all had on Friday with your wonderful specialist teachres and  to hear from them how impressed they were with your mature behavior.

Next week is Arts week so we will definetly be having lots of fun.

Excited for Arts Week!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 17th May 2024 @ 4:18pm

What an eventful week!

Earlier on in the week the penguins started their work on road safety. They were amazing listeners and although they didnt cross the road this week they identified the traffic, kerb, pavement and road.

We have been working hard in maths this week. We have revisited finding different ways of making 9 and 10. We have also been doing additions and subtractions. Wow the penguins have been mathematicians! They had another go at our super fun challenge! They all had record scores in their additions! Perhaps try some additions at home.

We had three butterflies to release this week. Two couldnt wait to explore but one decided it wanted to stay with us a little longer. The next day the last two emerged from their cocoons. We said goodbye to them today but not before one decided to stay on the penguins hands and even a school shoe! An amazing experience with some very caring and gentle penguins!

We talked about D day during the week and we went outside with our school lamp of peace. We started off the journey of the lamp travelling to each class in school.

Next we decided to continue our topic on transport and do some vehicle spotting outside school. Some penguins wore their amazing binoculars and we did a tally to see which vehicle we saw the most and which we saw the least of. I am sure the penguins will tell you more about our findings!

On Thursday we had our class enterprise. What a success! We sold out within minutes! Before we finish for the summer we will make them again but on a much smaller scale! One each for the penguins as they are working so hard and really deserve a chill out with a smoothie ice pop!

This morning we did some work on friendships. We have been learning ways of being a kind friend and we saw what happened when Mrs. Thomson used unkind words to Mrs. Morrison (it was planned!) The penguins were not impressed with me!

For next week I would be very grateful if you could save your empty kitchen roll tubes. We will be using them for an art project. We have an exciting week planned with singing, dancing, painting and model making. We have a special visitor who is an artist coming to work with us and we also have Miss. Skinner who will work with children in our amazing school art room.

Thank you 

busy, busy..., by Mrs Pratten

Date: 16th May 2024 @ 4:17pm

This week the children have been busy finishing off  topic work. We tested different materials in Science to find which would make the best umbrella. We compared old and new swimming costumes in History. In Maths we have been trying to make equal groups from different numbers, we learnt some will and some won't! We have been enjoying the story Dear Greenpeace, in Engish all about Emily and the whale in her pond.

Today it was our turn to have the torch as part of our D day, 80th  anniverasry celebrations. We enjoyed running round the field with it and pasing it on, just like  the one going around the UK. Harper S and Phoebe S have taken the torch home tonight and will return it tomorow to pass on to Y2.

As a school we are taking part in the Path to Paris Get Set competition. (olympics) The focus is all about being active.  swimming, playing the in garden, jujitsu, things as a family - walking the dog etc You can log in and add on active things you do as a family, an email should be coming to you with more infrormation and log in detatils.
Don't forget Arts Wek next week, you might want to send the children in with an old T shirt/shirt to protect their cothes ...it might get messy!!!
Have a lovely weekend :)

English Day 2 blog - The box & the bus., by Mr Kennedy

Date: 16th May 2024 @ 11:34am

Wow! The year 4 class have worked super hard in their English today. They were asked to read two biographies about Henry Box Brown and Rosa Parks. They had to find the key features of the biographies and they had to identify what information they wanted to include in their blogs tomorrow. 

Here are some highlights that the tribe found out!


Speaking of highlights, I liked that we were able to use the highlighters to find names, titles, time connectives, dates, speech and past tense verbs!


I can't believe that the boycott of the buses was on the 5th December. Rosa Parks was sent to jail for one day and she changed the world by being brave.


In the text, there were so many past tense verbs. In Henry Box Brown's biography there was so many we didn't know if we were going to miss out any or if we would have had time, but we did!


I found out that they Rosa had to use a different door on the bus because of the colour of her skin. Reading her biography was shocking because it seems unreal that the world once lived this way but she was a brave inspiration and so was Henry.


I was shocked that the world lived in segregation, how awful!


I felt it was extremely mean how people did not have the same rights. The colour of their skin has nothing to do with who they are as people, I am shocked at how people behaved and treat people in history. Henry and Rosa changed the world.




Tomorrow, expect blogs from our tribe!


Fantastic week and our first tribe blog together., by Mr Kennedy

Date: 15th May 2024 @ 12:15pm

This blog entry comes from the Panda Tribe who are exploring how to write a blog for their English unit, focusing on Rosa Parks.


Finn told us that this week has been fun and his highlight was PE, he said it's the best part of the week. 

Harper worked hard on completing her Rosa Parks biography and got us thinking about using apostrophes. 

Harriet loved learning about 'time' in maths and thinks she will become a wizard of time!

Lots of learning and fun in the sun!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 12th May 2024 @ 7:26pm

This week we have been talking about being a good friend. We have been partners with different friends for lots of activities this week and the children have worked hard to share, take turns and use kind words.

We have created a bike wash and have had lots of fun cleaning our school bikes. We have been looking at money and the value of 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. It costs 8p to have your bike washed!

We have created a stage in our playground and the penguins have been singing, dancing and putting on shows all week.

In maths we have been doing simple additions. We have found that by adding we always make our number bigger. We had fun carrying out 'Big Maths' 

Next week we will be starting our road safety work. We will do this learning in the classroom, in our playground and we will also go onto School Lane in small groups. 

Please continue to read the school reading book at home each day. New sounds are now being introduced in phonics so it is very important that the children have the opportunity to practise these in their reading books to help them to master and remember the new sounds. 

We are still collecting batteries in school - please send them in the school book bag.

On Thursday it is our class enterprise. The penguins are making smoothie ice pops. They will sell them after school in the quad area. Please collect your penguin from the quad area (picnic benches) after school. If possible the penguins will stay for 5/10 mins after the hometime bell to sell their ice pops.


Reading books are always changed on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning. However, this week reading books will be changed on Friday morning. Please continue to send reading books and the reading record book in each day so we can monitor progress or any problems.

Thank you

The beach!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 9th May 2024 @ 4:25pm

We finally made it to the beach, we had a great  time! We dug big holes, built sandcastles,found a few shells and Jessica B blew bubbles at us!!

A lovely , lovely day!! (think we'll all sleep well tonight....)

Carousel and ice creams!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 9th May 2024 @ 4:19pm

Next a surprise.. we were able to go on the carousel.. it was great!

We also had our ice creams - yummy!

Southport in the sun!, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 9th May 2024 @ 4:14pm

We had a fabulous time in Southport today, perfect weather for a day at the seaside!

We started off as Geographers looking at the different features of Southport. Then we discussed how Southport has changed and what people would do in Southport today compared with the past, if they came for a day out or on holiday. We sketched our ideas and labelled them.

Next we had our lunch..we were starvin!!!!

Star Warts, by Mr Pearson

Date: 7th May 2024 @ 7:37pm

The dress rehearsal was a resounding success today. 

The children are looking forward to the next performance on Wednesday evening and the final performace of Star Warts on Thursday. 

Fantastic Giraffes, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 3rd May 2024 @ 4:14pm

First of all a big well done to the Giraffes who were fantastic in their class assembly on Thursday - definitely all shining!

We enjoyed sharing our Science learning with parents this week. We were describing the properies of different materials. We learnt lots of new science words eg transparent, opaque, fragile.

Today we had fun creating equal groups outside, first with stones, groups of 5's, 10's and 2's. We had to count in 2's or 5's or 10's to work out how many altogether.

Next we shook dice and got a point if our numbers matched and were equal. Last of all we had 12 counters and had to work out how many different ways we could make equal groups with them.

Have a lovely weekend, enjoy the extra day - dont forget we're off to the seaside on Thursday! Fingers crossed the sunshines!!


Mini beasts everywhere!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 3rd May 2024 @ 2:46pm

Lots and lots to share from this week.

Two of our class caterpillars have now transformed into chrysalis. They have kept us amused with their wriggling and we now eagerly wait for the other three to change also. Please ask your child about them, they will tell you all about the grumpy caterpillar pushing and pulling the others!

We enjoyed having our parents in class this week. Learning about forces has kept us busy  and the children have enjoyed exploring and testing just like scientists. 

We also explored and observed when we carefully took one of our mini beast hotels apart on a large white sheet. Wow! The mini beasts of Longton are certainly enjoying our hotels! Slugs, snails, woodlice, spiders and ladybirds all came out to see us. The children used magnifying glasses to look closely at the creatures and looked in books to find out about the mini beasts. We found out that Woodlice curl up small when they are frightened. The penguins were careful and gentle - our woodlice did not need to curl up. After investigating, we rebuilt the hotels and carefully put them back in the hedges so that new visitors could come and stay.

In maths we have been looking at numbers ten to twenty. We have been putting the numbers in order, counting out the correct number of items carefully and also looking at what numbers can be used to make our new numbers (10 and 3 can make 13, 5 and 5 and 3 make 13) Perhaps your penguin could teach you one of our number games?

We have a lovely new work bench in our playground which was bought for us by the PTFA. We have had lots of fun by using it for musical instruments this week. The children have put on plays and musical performances in the sunshine.

Friday started with the penguins being musical once again. We had a beautiful solo performance of 'A million dreams'. We then had a full class perfomance of the same song. A fantastic way to start the day! Miss. Derby did say that five minutes of singing a day can help you feel happy and she was right. Everyone was smiling and happy.


Thnak you for your help and support with reading and phonics. Pip penguin will be back and busy visiting someone for the weekend next week.


Year 6 Are Amazing, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 3rd May 2024 @ 12:11pm

What a week! The children have worked so hard, they are truly amazing. As well as putting 100% into their learning as we apprach SATs the class have enjoyed watching the Year 1 class assembly - they were really proud of their buddies and siblings. They have also enjoyed a French lesson this morning and this afternoon we will be taking part in a live science lesson about Antarctica in readiness for arts week later this month. 



Which digestive is the best dunker?, by Mrs Simpson

Date: 30th Apr 2024 @ 7:07pm

Our favourite Science lesson so far this year was investigating which digestive biscuit was the best dunker. We found out the dark chocolate digestive was the best for dunking with a cup of tea. This is because it has a protective layer which slowed down the rate it dissolved and was more absorbent. It was a very messy investigation but we really enjoyed it! So if you are wondering which biscuit to eat with your brew, a dark chocolate digestive is the best choice. 

Learning about the parts of a flower, by Mrs Simpson

Date: 30th Apr 2024 @ 6:58pm

We have been learning about the different parts of a flower. We dissected a tulip so we could identify the different parts. We then presented our knowledge to the class. It was really fun!  

Fun with Micro Bits, by Mrs Simpson

Date: 30th Apr 2024 @ 6:52pm

We programmed Micro Bits to create high visibility safety bands for vulnerable road users in Design Technology. We learnt how to code the Micro Bit to give signals such as left, right and slow down. 

Light Investigations, by Mrs Simpson

Date: 30th Apr 2024 @ 6:46pm

Year 3 have lots of fun in Science. We have been investigating light and shadows. 

We found out the closer an object is to a light source the larger the shadow becomes. 

We also investigated different materials to find out if they were transparent, translucent or opaque. 

Friday fun learning, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 26th Apr 2024 @ 3:54pm

Today the Giraffes enjoyed combining their reading skills with programming in their computer lesson - good fun and a class compliment earned!

In maths this afternoon we finished our unit on volume and capacity by comparing containers and capacity. They had to estimate which would have the greatest capacity and which would have the least... to check they used cupfuls of cubes and marbles. (we know these are not the most accurate because of the gaps but were the least messy in the classroom!)

Have a lovely weekend :)

The empty battery box, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 26th Apr 2024 @ 10:09am

The tribe have done a great job last half term collecting old batteries to be safely recycled! Just an update that our box has been emptied so if you do have any batteries that need to be recycled, please bring them into class and we can refill our box.


Have a lovely and safe weekend.


Mr Kennedy

Mathematicians at work, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 24th Apr 2024 @ 10:24pm

Today the class have been busy classifying, measuring and calculating angles in maths as well as doing some arithmetic and reasoning. We also enjoyed some time outside in the sunshine this afternoon.


Bring Yer Wellies!, by Mrs Thomson

Date: 24th Apr 2024 @ 2:46pm

What an amazing day the penguins had yesterday! 

What do plants need to grow? Why is horse poo good for our grass?  Why are worms important in our gardens? What is compost? How do we recycle? How can we work together to build a den?  What makes great teamwork? What are herbs?

These are just a few of the questions that were asked yesterday. Nigel and Melissa were delighted that the children could listen so well and that they also had lots of their own questions to ask.

The penguins all planted their own lavender plant. They kept the soil fluffy and protected the roots. When they come to water the plant please remind them that plant needs just 'enough' water. Not too much and not too little. 

I hope you enjoy sharing these pictures. 

I have also included a picture from our RE session. We enjoyed a story called 'The Swirling Hijab'. 

Cricket Crazy, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 24th Apr 2024 @ 1:55pm

Great start to the weeks for the Panda Tribe, they have gone cricket crazy! Developing their throwing and catching skills to support their bowling and they even had a visit from Coach Stuart from Lancashire Cricket to develop their skills further. Great work Panda tribe! 

The tribe also went out onto the play ground to role play some scenes from Henry's Freedom Box, we used their role play to write direct speech and explored the position of reporting clauses in a sentence, ensuring their punctuation was perfect!

Busy Elephants, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 23rd Apr 2024 @ 8:48pm

It has been another busy day for Year 6. The day started with the morning task , a GPS quiz activity. Next was arithmetic, followed by maths where we consolidataed yesterday's learning about coordinates learning how to translate shapes. After play was reading response and spelling. The morning finished with revision of coordinating and subordinate conjunctions and noun phrases. 

The afternoon was split into 2 sessions. The first session started with 3  maths reasoning questions followed by a lesson on reflections. At 2 o'clock the class ventured outside for a cricket lesson with Stuart a Lancashire coach.


Contact the School

Longton Primary School

School Ln

Main Contact: Georgia Whiteman or Nicola Cox

Tel: 01772 612495

SEN Contact: Rebecca Catterall and Di Regan

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