Year 4: The Pandas: Blog items

A busy, busy Thursday, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 13th Jun 2024 @ 4:03pm

What an action packed day the tribe have had. We have been exploring climate change at our local library and understanding how we can work together to protect our planets. We applied our angles knowledge from yesterday to compare and order angles and we finished our day with a live STEM lesson with many schools across Lancashire. The children gained knowledge about the world we live in, some mind blowing facts about our world, how to protect our world and finally a live Q&A with Drew Steel, who works for the RAF. Three of our questions were asked directly! 

Exploring angles, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 11th Jun 2024 @ 10:55pm

The panda tribe have been exploring the three of the different types of angles today in lots of fun ways. They explored angles in the classroom, then using masking tape on their desk they had to identify obtuse, acute and right angles. Great job!

MAD SCIENCE Assembly, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 31st May 2024 @ 11:33am

We enjoyed our visit from Mad Science.  Lots of fun and learning.  I'm sure we will all be trying the balloon and hair experiment!

Forms have gone home if you would like to be a part of the Mad Science after school club.



Arts Week 2024, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 24th May 2024 @ 2:44pm

What a fantastic week our tribe has had! We have shown resilience, kindness, creativity, inspirational thinking and some outstanding artwork. The children have created work that has been inspired by European artists such as; Bridget Riley, Sonia Delauney, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali and they even had a visit from Faith Bebbington. 


Thankyou for a lovely week, more so a lovely half-term. Have a fantastic break.

Don't forget, timetables! 

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!

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

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!

Alice in Wonderland Production, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 19th Apr 2024 @ 2:49pm

What a show! Longton children had the pleasure of enjoying a fantastic production of Alice in Wonderland on Monday. 

First week back for summer 1, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 19th Apr 2024 @ 2:42pm

What a fabulous start to our summer term, we have kick-started all of our new units for this half term! We started the week with a fantastic performance of Alice in Wonderland, we started cricket by developing our bowling, catching and accuracy. Science got us to gain an understanding of MRS GREN and we entered the Panda Court of Rule of Law which started our crime and punishment history unit. 


Have a look at the photos below to see some of our learning in action. 

The Rocking Panda Tribe!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 8th Mar 2024 @ 10:11am

Thank you for making World Book Day 2024 such a lovely experience for the children, we had loads of fun! 


We entered WBD National Competition for next years tokens, we explored a range of authors, enjoyed a good book, world book day themed maths & added to the whole school write; The Battle of The Odd and Even Numbers


Viking experience, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 5th Feb 2024 @ 7:59am

The year 4 classroom was invaded! 

The children had a wonderful day, meeting a new Anglo-Norse friend, Olaf. He explained his Viking grandparents' raids and journeys across the waters. We gained a better understanding of life during Viking & Anglo-Saxon Britain; the children even got to dress up as warriors & learn key battle skills that Anglo-Saxons and Vikings would have used. 

What a great day!

A great first week back for the Panda Tribe, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 12th Jan 2024 @ 1:51pm

A great first week back for the Panda Tribe. We have kick-started all of our new units for this term! They are looking forward to exploring more into teeth and digestion and balances, lifts and using apparatus in PE and an exciting few weeks coming up!

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.

A wonderful week for the Panda Tribe, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 3rd Nov 2023 @ 5:38pm

What a great week we have had to kick start our second half-term of Autumn. The children have started their new science topic (State of Matter) through exploring, extending and engaging in investigations of matter, we gained knowledge of bees in reading response through information texts and finished the week with a playscript. We developed our atlas skills in our geography unit (Britain from the air) and began training with our new tennis coach, Joe.


A great week for the tribe, the even achieved three class compliments on the tracker! Well done Pandas! 

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!

Projects Autumn 1, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 23rd Oct 2023 @ 1:48pm

Thank you for all your hard work on your projects, they were all delightful! 

What a great week!, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 8th Oct 2023 @ 5:38pm

Year 4 has had a great week this week, with lots of new learning and applying previous learning. We have concluded our class story of The Treasures of Loch Ness, which had the children hooked! We even had some children present our Nessie fact box.


Looking forward to another week of fun and even more learning.

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!

Our Year 4 Classroom, by Mr Kennedy

Date: 31st Aug 2023 @ 4:09pm


I hope you have had a lovely summer break and I can't wait to hear all about it when we return tomorrow. 

Our classroom is all set ready for another year of fantastic learning and laughter, I have added some photos below.

See you all tomorrow!

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.

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 Pandas, by Ms Gaskell

Date: 26th May 2023 @ 2:33pm

Year 3 Pandas have been using their amazing artistic skills to make some Stone Age, Iron Age, Roman and Bronze Age art. Well done Pandas!

Arts week begins, by Ms Gaskell

Date: 22nd May 2023 @ 10:52am

Year 3 have started their Arts week with learning about King Charles III. We are completing a portrait of King Charles III in his royal attire, drawing a picture of the coronation room and painting it in watercolours and desiging a crown for our own coronation service.

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