Year 5: The Elephants: Blog items

Hickory's Brunch for lucky readers!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 26th May 2023 @ 2:44pm

Big well done to all the children who attended Hickory's brunch today! The children won this lovely rewards from being in the lucky draw for reading every day. A big thank you to Hickorys Hutton for looking after us.

Art week Elephants, by Mr Pearson

Date: 25th May 2023 @ 11:06am

An enjoyable week of creative in the Elephant Tribe

Amazing actors, by Mr Pearson

Date: 18th May 2023 @ 9:37pm

Congratulations to the children who performed brilliantly in the class play. 

Science festival UCAL, by Mr Pearson

Date: 18th May 2023 @ 2:52pm

The Elephant tribe had a wonderful experience at UCAL enjoying science workshops and science experiments and experiences. 

Football Tournament, by Mr Pearson

Date: 17th May 2023 @ 3:07pm

A group of Y4 & Y5 children took part in a football tournament organised by Blackburn Football Club. 

Mad Science Assembly, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 13th May 2023 @ 1:32pm

We enjoyed a visit from Mad Science.  The assembly was full of excitement, fascinating facts and lots of wow moments.


The week Written by Elizabeth and Poppy Mc, by Mr Pearson

Date: 28th Apr 2023 @ 2:38pm



In maths we have been learning statistics. We have learnt how to read, draw and interpret line graphs.



Recently we have just finished a book called cloud tea monkey.




In maths we have been classifying angles and drawing angles. Also estimating degrees.



In English we have been writing sentences using adverbs. Here is one of them. Below the ground there are bones that have not been discovered and they could have zero arms.


After lunch we practised some of  our play which is coming along very well. Also it was parents in class where we learnt about the history of the cotton mills in Preston. 






On Wednesday we  were estimating angles. It was very fun trying to guess [estimated guess] the right answer.




We were learning about a poem called Sir Autumn It was very interesting. Here is one of them, Lady winter who spreads her cold frost on to the dried leaves as she glides around the garden.


After lunch 


After lunch we did history which we enjoyed very much.It was all about mills and if we were in the mills at the time. Here is one of them.

Dear Diary

Wednesday 26th April 1824 6am 


Off to the cotton mill again. Sloppy old porridge again.  I have the worst job in the world. Every day I get up and nearly chopping my hands off, rubbing  my hands together with sores everywhere, bleeding constantly.  It’s just pain after pain after pain.





Today we learnt about regular and Irregular

Polygons we were very surprised to find out the rules of them. They are: all angles need to be the same and the sides have to be straight and the same length.



In English we watched Eye of the storm. It was very good and we all enjoyed it very much. It was also very interesting and a bit puzzling as well.  We did some writing in out books about who ,which,what,where and when  


After lunch 


After lunch we  practised for our play. They are coming along very well.Then we did some of our lines.




On Friday our special teachers come in.



In drama we are doing our play and Mr Sumner-who is our drama- teacher has really brought it to life .



In art we are making sculptures out of playground toys and cardboard boxes. It is really fun and everyone is enjoying it very much.


After lunch 


After lunch we do PE and computing 


We really like computing because we used micro bits which are mini computers and we have loved programming them to show different things. 








Year 5 Cycling, by Mr Pearson

Date: 24th Apr 2023 @ 9:39am

Safer cycling 

Elephant musicians, by Mr Pearson

Date: 27th Mar 2023 @ 4:33pm

The elephants today went across to the social club and performed for the Chatty Latte group.

Solos, groups and whole class singing. 

Red Nose Day, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 21st Mar 2023 @ 6:39pm

Congratulations to our Red Nose Day competition winners.

Their positive character trait Mr Men/Little Miss characters were put on a t.shirt for them to wear with pride.

Thank you to everyone who entered.  Certificates are on there way to each of you. 

Science Explorers, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 8th Mar 2023 @ 8:22pm

At lunchtime 31 children and 4 adults left school and headed by coach to Widnes. The reason for the trip was for a group of science explorers made up of scientists from Years 3,4,5,6 to visit the Catalyst Science and Discovery Centre in Widnes. Jacob one of our Year 6 Science Ambassadors has been working hard to organise the trip and he did a great job making the booking, checking us in and leading us on and off the coach.

On arrival at the centre we dropped our bags off and went to explore the museum. The first gallery visited was an interactive one where everyne had an enormous amount of fun learning through practical hands on science. At half past two we did a soap making worksop where we learnt about the history of soap and the chemisrty involved in making the product. The best bit was getting to make soap, colour it and add a fragrance. The finished products looked great and smelt fantastic.

Next we had a look at the other galleries, including the observation gallery on the top floor- more about that one later.

Fresh air was then needed so outside we went to spend some time on the playground and zipwire. After a while it started to get cold so we headed back inside the museum. However instead of getting ready to head back to Longton we headed to the cafe for our tea. Following a feast we went to collect our bags and started the long climb to the top floor where the observation gallery was to become our bedroom for the night. The views from the room were spectacular, especially as the lights came on across Widnes and on the bridges spanning the Mersey. It was made even better by the fact that it as a clear night and a full moon.

Once sleep areas had been set up , pyjamas were popped on and we settled down to watch a movie accompanied by a range of snacks.

Following a good sleep the scientists were all up and ready for action this morning. Breakfast of cereal and toast was enjoyed before an amazing workshop in the theatre about the universe, infra red light, magnetism and many other things.

The next part of the adventure took us outside to see the sapling presented to the museum in January which has grown from a seed from Isac Newtons tree. The seed had been to space with British astronaut Tim Peake.

Once back insode the children headed back into the interactive gallery to further enjoy the science on offer.

The trip was a huge success, the children were fantastic ambassadors for the school and all had a wonderful time. Memories for life have definitely been created and we all thank Jacob for organising this wonderful opportunity . 


Where’s Walley?, by Mr Pearson

Date: 2nd Mar 2023 @ 12:03pm

World Book Day in the Elephant tribe we have Wally, Odlaw, Wizard Whitebeard, Wenda and some explores (including Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Dent)

Investigating Bridges, by Mr Pearson

Date: 23rd Feb 2023 @ 2:33pm

Today we have learnt about beam and arch bridges

Trait of the week, by Mr Pearson

Date: 13th Jan 2023 @ 11:28am

Each week the pupil's of Longton Primary School will discuss a positive quality or characteristic trait.

Please share as a family.  


Week beginning 16th Jan


Trait 1: Be honest. Don’t lie. Be a person people can depend upon. Think of the people we admire in books, movies and real life. Don’t they act with honesty and integrity? Aren’t they generous with others? Doesn’t everyone look up to them?

Subject organiser Spring term, by Mr Pearson

Date: 11th Jan 2023 @ 1:52pm

Please find beolw this 1/2 terms subject organiser 

The week before Christmas, by Mr Pearson

Date: 12th Dec 2022 @ 9:22am

On Monday, we started off by doing a spelling test of last week’s words which were tolerable, toleration, irreplaceable, salvageable, changeable, noticeable, forcible, possible, incredible and probable.Afterwards we practised our new words for the week. After break, we did Maths and learnt how to make equal fractions by changing the denominator and numerator, we did it with our trainee teacher called Miss McGowan. After lunch, we completed our History and our adverts for Baghdad and London. In assembly, the Heads Team announced the certificates and team points and attendance were also announced.


On Tuesday, we started the day by doing times table rockstars to help us learn our times tables. After playtime we did Maths with Ms McGowen and then after lunch we went to the pantomime, Jack and The Beanstalk. It was great and so funny, we also got to join in with it.


On Wednesday, we started off with Times Table rockstars. After break,  we did Maths and learnt how to add fractions within 1. After lunch, we sang along to the Christmas carols for the service and then we watched a film as it was Christmas dinner and jumper day. 


On Thursday, we started off with practising our spellings which are afterwards, immediately, earlier, eventually previously, finally, recently, yesterday, tomorrow and whilst. After lunch, we learnt how to add 3 or more fractions. We went on times table rockstars as some people went to sing at Church for the over 50’s.


On Friday, we started off with French and learnt how to write about our families and learnt some new connectives. After break we did computing and learnt how to edit and film our videos which was lots of fun. Next, we did Music and practised the Christmas Carols for the service.Then we did a few tests for what lesson we like the most, computing and then we did a Science test so Mr Pearson can see if we need to  go over a few things again.

W/B 28th November, by Mr Pearson

Date: 2nd Dec 2022 @ 1:56pm

Monday started off with phonics and we learnt the sound ure so we had to write down 10 words that had the sound ure in them.Next we did spelling and tested on last week's spellings which are adorable, adorably, adoration, applicable, application, considerable, considerably and consideration. After playtime we did maths. In maths we did improper fractions to mixed numbers. We practised on how to use our times tables to our advantage. Next we did English and highlighted key information in Mowgli’s Brothers-Extract 3 then wrote it down in our books.In the afternoon, we compared London and Baghdad and saw that Baghdad had much better living conditions than London. For the assembly we had a certificate assembly where team points were announced, attendance was announced and people were congratulated for their accomplishments.


On Tuesday morning, we practised improper fractions to mixed numbers and how to find equal fractions accurately. Before lunch, we did english and converted drama into direct speech from an extract, that wasn’t punctuated correctly, from the jungle book.After lunch. We collected facts from various videos about the planets in science,next we did about the 8 phases of the moon and drew them on a diagram.


On Wednesday we spent before playtime watching the reception and year one's nativity and enjoyed it lots.Next we did maths and we focused on improper fractions and their equal fractions, after we read a text on the board, it was about the jungle book and found lots of new information. In the afternoon we decorated and designed calendars for 2023 either on computers or by hand. It was the singing assembly and practised Away In A Manger and the sign language to it,we also practised starry night and its actions.


On Thursday morning we practised the er sound and wrote lots of words containing er for example: counter, teacher, butter, caterpillar, permission and toleration.After break, we looked at number patterns and how to tell which out of fractions is the largest. Next we did English and answered three sets of questions about Rikki Tikki Tavi the mongoose and his adventures. Straight after lunch we did DT and learnt what ingredients are needed for a spaghetti bolognese and wrote them down in our books as well as how to cook it. We had a special assembly about The Grinch and how you can give gifts that don’t cost anything for Christmas.


To start off Friday we did French and learnt some new words like She is =elle est and he is = il est. Next we did  computing and filmed some fabulous videos about online safety. After that, we did Music and learnt how to improvise on the glockenspiel and even made our own.In the afternoon we finished some that we started last week, wonderful writing about the invisible man in a green hoodie.


Evie and Eve (Elephant bloggers)

Enterprise success, by Mr Pearson

Date: 30th Nov 2022 @ 2:25pm

The Elephant tribe held a successful enterprise event in November. The children chose a space themed biscuit sale linked to our science topic.
Chocolate was melted and biscuits dipped and decorated. 
A design team made posters and the accounting team worked out how much to sell them while making a profit. 
We actually sold out of biscuits and had to make a second batch. 
A profit of £80 was made. 
Big thank you to Mrs Doherty and her daughter Ella who made the prototype biscuits. 

Week Beginning 21st November, by Mr Pearson

Date: 30th Nov 2022 @ 1:51pm

On Monday we did some spelling in the morning and we got some new words which we practised every day. These words include: adorable, adorably, adoration, applicable, applicably, application, considerable, considerably and consideration. After playtime we did some maths and learnt 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication and lots of us found it quite difficult though some of us could do it. To finish off the morning we did English and learnt some amazing adverbs to describe our verbs, adjectives and other adverbs. We had lots of  fun confidently writing our own detailed sentences containing adverbs. In the afternoon we completed our history, which was to finish off drawing Baghdad and writing some I writing describing Baghdad’s distinctive features.


On Tuesday we practised our spelling word by doing the pyramid and box techniques, these spellings got stuck in our heads and we won’t forget them for a long time. After break, we learnt how to work out 3 digits by 2 digits. Our times table skills helped us a lot doing this method. In English we recapped adverbs because we weren’t using them enough in our writing. In the afternoon, we learnt some scientific facts about the 8 planets in our solar system, this was very fascinating especially when we pretended to be planets outside and which planets take longer to orbit the sun, we found out that Neptune takes longest to orbit the sun because it is furthest away from the sun. 


On Wednesday, we did  the same spelling as Tuesday, however in maths we did 3 digits by 3 digits, our multiplication skills are improving a lot. In english we wrote a story about being imprisoned on an island in the middle of nowhere and how we survived there. After lunch we went to the church for a celebration assembly. 


On Thursday we did spelling in the morning then in maths Mr Pearson demonstrated 264X232 and in English we wrote about Kipling’s style why things in the jungle book are how they are.


On Friday we did, before playtime, French and learnt  about our family. After playtime, we did computing and learnt about features about  an effective video and some of us filmed videos.

Then we did music and sang livin on a prayer. After lunch, we wrote a story, about an invisible man in a green hoodie, in our writing books.

Eve and Evie Y5

Week beginning 14th November, by Mr Pearson

Date: 25th Nov 2022 @ 2:18pm

On Monday we did some P.E and learnt about counter balances and at the end we played a game called Mr Pearson Dodge ball.On Tuesday we did dancing and it was exciting, after we did science and learnt about the 8 planets - Mercury, venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and  Neptune. On Wednesday we had a south ribble active health sportsman come in and his name was Dave. we learnt a lot of new games and we created our own too. At the end of the day, we learnt a new christmas song. On Thursday we learnt some new times tables methods that helped us a lot. On Friday we did fun French and  computing ,we even earned a class compliment for it and to finish off the morning we did some marvellous music and sang Livin on a prayer. While doing some history about Baghdad then doing some fabulous work about parliament it was very interesting and super fun.

Remembrance, by Mr Pearson

Date: 11th Nov 2022 @ 2:25pm

Remembrance day 2022 

Last week of term, by Mr Pearson

Date: 21st Oct 2022 @ 2:19pm

On Monday we did Science and designed lots of brilliant boats.We were working on forces and water resistance. On Tuesday we had a science assembly that the science ambassadors led. They showed us excellent, exciting experiments. On Thursday a famous poet called Paul Cookson came in and held a whole school assembly.He told us hilarious poems that we could join in with, although afterwards he came round each classroom and we accidentally recreated one of his poems. He told us that out of mum’s,dad’s,grandpa's and grandma’s hats, that 90% of people would think that grandma’s hat sounded the funniest. On  Friday we did drama and created  marvellous masterpieces about the dracula spectacular show.In art we spent an hour doing halloween themed decorative pumpkins. After lunch, we played two intense cricket matches, the blue team against the red team and the yellow team against the green team. At the end of the day, we did Brush Ninja digital citizenship in computing. 

Written by Evie and Eve

Cricket, by Mr Pearson

Date: 21st Oct 2022 @ 2:07pm

The last session of cricket with Coach Adam 

Science ambassadors, by Mr Pearson

Date: 21st Oct 2022 @ 9:51am

Longton's Science ambassadors led a whole assembly conducting two amazing investigations. Well done 

Harvest 2022, by Mr Pearson

Date: 7th Oct 2022 @ 10:42am

A lovely Harvest festival took place In St Andrew's Church on Thursday 29th September.
The Heads Team led for the first time and the Church was full of parents.
Each Tribe performed part of the presentation, through song, poetry and presentations.  

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