Year 5: The Koalas: Blog items

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. 

Jigsaw, by Mr Pearson

Date: 30th Nov 2023 @ 8:24am

3 puzzle experts in the club from the Koalas 

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. 

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.

Eco Halloween, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 2nd Nov 2023 @ 8:19am

A big thank you to some of the Eco team who helped Kelly create some funky Halloween decorations out of milk cartons They looked fab..and  the team enjoyed helping out!

oiadhfojkah, by Mr Pearson

Date: 13th Oct 2023 @ 3:42pm


Apple picking, by Mrs Pratten

Date: 5th Oct 2023 @ 5:33pm

Thank you Eco team and Mrs Jackson who stayed behind after school to help pick the apples and pears. There are a lot bring a bag and help yourself after school tomorrow by the tuck shop, donations welcome!

A sunny first week back!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 16th Jun 2023 @ 7:49am

Welcome back!


We have had such a lovely first week back and although it's been a very warm first week back, the children have kickstarted their final term of year 4 with a bang! 

The tribe have kickstarted most of their final topics for year 4, including a comparison study of Italy in Geography alongside exploring a range of habitats in science and the living things that may live there. We danced with some Disney passion in Dance With The Heart.

They have shown resillience to working on time in maths, reading clock faces and converting to 12-hour and 24-hour, please keep practicing this at home! Reading clocks, both digital and analogue. 

Thank you for a lovely first week back and have a lovely weekend.


Mr Kennedy & Mrs Jackson

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.

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