Year 4: The Pandas: Blog items

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.

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.


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. 

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. 

The Bee Musical, by Mrs Catterall

Date: 21st Mar 2023 @ 6:28pm

Well done Pandas.  You were amazing.

Tennis Skills, by Mrs Barnes

Date: 10th Mar 2023 @ 3:44pm

Another great week in Year3!  

We have been busy rehearsing for our school play but have also had time to develop our tennis skills.  Here are some of our photos.


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 . 


WELL DONE!, by Ms Gaskell

Date: 3rd Mar 2023 @ 2:23pm

Congratulations to these girls who were awarded for their dancing in a competition in Bury. They worked incredibly hard and gained 1st and 2nd place.  Well done!

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?

test, by Mrs Barnes

Date: 7th Oct 2022 @ 3:46pm


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.  

Meet the Teacher, by Mrs Fletcher

Date: 7th Sep 2022 @ 8:02pm

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend this afternoon. The PowerPoint is now on the class page. 

Contact the School

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Main Contact: Linda Masterson

Tel: 01772 612 495

SEN Contact: Rebecca Catterall and Di Regan

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