Year 4: The Koalas: Blog items

Timetable competition!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 26th May 2023 @ 2:53pm


Over the break, Mr Kennedy has set up a healthy competitive tournament on Timetables Rockstar. 

The children are very excited to explore TTRS even more and push their multiplications futher. 

The winning tribe will be awarded a class compliment & 10 minutes extra break! 

The tournament will also track effort - which a small prize will also be awarded.

Linked HERE is a video explaining TTRS. 

Please be mindful of screen time with your child, I have limited the tournament to a maximum of 90 minutes per day, anything more than 90 minutes will not contribute to the overall competition. 

Mr Kennedy.

The end of art week & the end of half term, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 26th May 2023 @ 2:48pm

What a lovely end to the week, the children have worked incredibly hard this week and this term. I hope you all have a lovely break. Let's also hope we are blessed with the continued lovely weather. 


Have a look at some of the images from the end of arts week below! You can also have a look at even more arts day photos HERE.

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.

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.


A spooky mathematical coincidence, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 21st Apr 2023 @ 12:12pm

The Koala tribe also wanted me to share on the blog that during one of our maths warm ups, the time on the warm up matched to the exact time as I revealed the answer to the questions!


Spooky, spooky.

A sunny first week, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 21st Apr 2023 @ 12:08pm

The end of the first week back! 


What a great week it has been. This children have experienced so much learning. In maths, we used abacuses resources to gain a deeper understanding of hundredth as decimals and fractions. In science, we explored our school grounds for different living things, specifically plants. We recorded our observations on tables. In music, the tribe explored Samba, make sure to listen to some of our tribes performances below! 

Have a happy ans safe weekend,


Mr Kennedy & Mrs Jackson.

First week back!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 18th Apr 2023 @ 4:28pm

Welcome back to a fab new term! 

Hope you have had a lovely break and it has been great to look over some of the holiday passports and explore your adventures over the holidays.

In the first few days back, we have began all of our new topics, including Islam in RE, exploring modern courts in History for our crime and punishment since 1066 and today we began our cricket unit 2. 

Happy Easter!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 31st Mar 2023 @ 9:30am

It's the end of another term! 

Thank you for joining us at the school Easter service yesterday, it was a lovely service. Also a huge congratulation to all the choir who achieved their medals and certificates, you did Longton very proud. 

This week, we have been completing out DT projects (due to drying time, some children may not bring their projects home today and they may bring them home the holidays). 

We have had a lovely term and I hope you and your families have a lovely break.

Please don't forget to complete your holiday passports, so we can share our adventures when we return for Summer term.

Happy Easter,

Mr Kennedy & Mrs Jackson.

Hickory's Brunch, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 30th Mar 2023 @ 9:12pm

Today 10 children from Year 2 to Year 6 had an amazing time at Hickory's. The group all earned the reward by reading every day. Names were drawn in each class from a lucky dip of all the children who have read every day . The children had an amazing time, making milkshakes, eating popcorn and pancakes. They also spent some time in the cinema, read their books, chatted, laughed and had fun.

Will you be in the next group of children who go for brunch? Read every day each week and yoyr name will get entered into the draw. 

The beginning of our last week of Spring 2, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 28th Mar 2023 @ 3:44pm

A great beginning to the start of our last week of Spring 2. The tribe have wrote their own Kenning poems, as well as rehearsing and performing unseen poetry! 

In tennis we have been in the hall and had a few healthy compeitions and giving each other constructive feedback to help develop each others skills.


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. 

What a week!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 17th Mar 2023 @ 8:01am

As we said in our last blog post, the Koala tribe have been super busy. Thank you for supporting our Y4 Enterprise, we are very greatful! As we come to the end of this week, the Koala tribe are finishing off our whole class read of Icarus and Deadalus. We have also explored our science question "How can we change the volume of sound?" and built on our science skill: Present results and asking scientific questions.

See the video below which will show you a sneak peak into our science lesson, the video shows the children using an app to play with different volumes. 

Attached is also some snapshots from our PE lesson. 


Baking Hero!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 15th Mar 2023 @ 5:32pm

The year 4 tribe have been super busy so far this week. 

They have done their big write, which is based on the adventure story of Aladdin by Phillip Pullman. 

We have built on tennis skills, ready for some healthy competition next week. 

We have been hunting down equivalent fractions in maths.

We have done all of this whilst becoming a baking hero ready for our enterprise on Thursday.

The end of the week in the Koala tribe, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 10th Mar 2023 @ 2:41pm

Another great week in the year 4 classroom! 

We have worked very hard at gaining a deeper understanding of fractions to ensure we have key knowledge for next week. Next week we will be learning about equivalent fractions and adding fractions! 

We finished the week learning about character traits in My Happy Mind and also started our next DT project, Pavillions! 

Our class sign off this week is from Georgie! 

"I've had a great week this week and I hope you have as well!"


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 . 


Mid-week notice., by Mr Kennedy

Date: 8th Mar 2023 @ 7:35am

A great start to this week. 


We have started a new text in guided reading - Escape From Pompeii. We have explore vocabulary and infered how an ancient poem would have been performed. We have also continue developing our tennis skills in PE.

A lovely week!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 3rd Mar 2023 @ 4:49pm

What a week we have had! The Koala tribe should be so incredibly proud each other, they have been troopers!


This week started with a bang with spellings, new fractions and problem solving all whilst exploring the climate in the North West. The following day, we ventured down to our local library, we shared stories and selected a new favourite book. A reminder that books pupils have got from the local library are due to be returned on the 14th March 2023. 

Of course, we celebrated each other in celebration assembly and we continued our learning on Wednesday. Yesterday we have a fantastic world book day! 

I have to say year 4, that how fast you all found Wally blew our minds! Incredible. 

We finished the week with a science investigation of sound through a sound walk through school. 

Well done for a fab week year 4, enjoy your weekend.


Enjoy some of our photos from this week below! 

Week 1 of Spring 2, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 24th Feb 2023 @ 10:56am

Welcome back to another fantastic half term.


We have kicked off this half term with a bang! Getting right into all of our topics and starting our new unit of Aladdin in English! 


Below are some images of exploring our key qestions in science - which is all about sound. 

Thank you for a fantastic first week back year 4 - I look forward to next week. 

Next week we will be having a celebration assembly at church and visiting the library as well.

Also, don't forget to check out our gallary for some up to date images of the Koala tribe.

Have a great weekend! 

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?

Autumn two, week one., by Mr Kennedy

Date: 4th Nov 2022 @ 2:30pm

This week our tribe have done lots of learning! We have started our new book for this term, which is called The Great Choloplot! We are very excited to find out where all the chocolate is going!

In science we kicked off our 'states of matter' topic by exploring, extending and engaging in many investigations. 

Maths had the tribe making sure their layouts and super neat and making sure we are proud of our working out. I am very proud of the tribe's hard work in maths. 

We have been improving our fantastic writing by including fronted adverbials and making sure we have used perfect punctuation. 

Our school were very lucky to have had an expert come into work with classes to experience a wonderful yoga session as well!

Have a flick through some of the images below to see some of our learning in action!

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 

Cricket!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 17th Oct 2022 @ 4:16pm

The tribe have been working on improving their accuracy in cricket today, both with bowling and batting! Well done tribe for being very supportive of each other and celebrating each other success in PE. 


Great work!

A busy DT week!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 17th Oct 2022 @ 7:31am

The tribe have had great fun understanding ways to create a strong chassis for their slingshot cars! 

They worked have to make the body of their cars and are looking forward to bringing everything together this week! Be sure to look out for photos on our class blog. 

Last week we also explored The Treasure of the Loch Ness Monster by Lori Don. We magpied some vibrant vocabulary ready to write a fictional tale this week. Today, we will look at expanded noun phrases and adverbs to describe Nessie herself!  

Looking forward to the final week of our first half-term! Lots more learning to happen!  

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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