2023 Year 5 Trip to Milestones Museum
On Thursday 23rd March Year 5 went to Milestones Museum to reinforce their learning about WW2. They learnt what life was like on the Home Front - the roles of ARP Wardens, volunteer nurses and shopkeepers who were required to enforce rationing. They visited the 1940s sweet shop for their weekly ration and had time to explore the rest of the museum. Fantastic knowledge from all when answering questions.
2023-03 Newbury Cross Country Event
On Tuesday 21st March a team of children from Years 3/4/5/6 took part in a cross country event at Newbury Showground. Brilliant performances by all - they demonstrated many of our secrets of success and represented the school magnificently.
Red Nose 2023 - Thank You
A BIG thank you to everyone who supported Red Nose Day this year. We raised £165.25 - THANK YOU.
Red Nose 2023
We will be celebrating Red Nose Day on Friday 17th March by inviting children to wear something red with a red nose if they wish to. Donations for the charity will be gratefully received.
2023-03 Year 5 Sports Leaders Playmaker Award
Year 5 are in the middle of their Sports Leaders Playmaker Award. On Monday 13th March, they learnt about the importance of communicating in different ways when leading activities.
2023 - Year 3 Learning about the Stone Age
As part of studying the Stone Age Year 3 have recreated cave paintings in art and followed instructions to make their own woolly mammoths.
2023 Year 6 visit Reading Museum
On Wednesday 8th March Year 6 took the train from Tilehurst into Reading in the snow to visit Reading Museum as part of their Victorian Topic. In the morning they travelled back in time to 1893 to become pupils in a Victorian classroom. They practiced reading, spelling, arithmetic and handwriting. In the afternoon they learnt about the Huntley & Palmer Biscuit factory and the impact it had on Reading. A great day had by all!
2023-03 Netball Success
On Tuesday 7th March a team of Year 6 and Mia from year 5 played two netball matches. They beat Downsway 6-3 and also beat Birch Copse 7-1. Absolutely brilliant performances from everyone. A huge thanks must also go to Mrs Walls for making so much progress with the team this year!
2023 Year 5 visit Denefield School for languages Morning
On Monday 6th March Year 5 went up to Denefield School for a languages morning. One group tried German whilst the other group learnt about the Hungry Caterpillar in French. Amazing attitudes and engagement by all!!
2023-03 year 3 & 4 Tag Rugby Competition
On Friday 3rd March two teams of Year 3/4 children took part in a tag rugby competition against other schools. Both teams won their first two games and then had to play each other. Long Lane Reds beat Long Lane Blues 8-4. Fantastic attitudes and performanes by all.
2023 Celebrating World Book Day
On Friday 3rd March pupils and staff dressed up as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day - everyone looked amazing!
2023-02 Year 4 Tudor Day
On Tuesday 28th February Year 4 went back in time to be Tudors for the day. They enjoyed dressing up and reenacting The Battle of Bosworth where Henry Tudor defeated Richard of York and became Henry V11. For lunch they had a fantastic Tudor banquet.
World Book Day 2023
We will be celebrating our collective love of reading at Long Lane by dressing up for World Book Day on Friday 3rd March this year. Please encourage your child to think about how they could bring a favourite book to life by dressing as a character or wearing an outfit to represent their chosen book. Here are some creative ideas to help.
2023-02 Year 5 Gymnastics
Year 5 have just finished our counter balance and counter tension unit of gymnastics - we have been working hard to create excellent sequences on apparatus combining balances and travels.
LPTA - Easy Fundraising
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There are no catches or hidden charges and Long Lane School PTA will be really grateful for your donations.
Thank you for your support.
2023-02 Alternative Olympics
On Friday 24th February some children from Years 2-6 took part in some alternative Olympics activities. They played boccia, kurling and goalball. Lots of fun and laughter whilst learning new skills through new sports.
2023 Mental Health Week - Dress to Express
Our Dress to Express day in Children's Mental health week raised a fantastic £234.62 to help more young people get the support they need.
Thank you to everyone for your support.
2023-02 Rainbow Class Orienteering
Rainbow class took part in orienteering activities on Friday 10th February. They had to make faces out of cones using maps and then had to find lots of clues that been dotted around the playground/field. Lots of fun was had by all!
2023 Mental Health Week - 10th February
Please click on the links below for today's Children's Mental Health videos:
- NHS - Looking after a child or young person's mental health
- British Red Cross - How to mange worries - Circles of Control
2023 Mental Health Week - 9th February
Please click on the links below for Children's Mental Health videos:
- The Princess of Wales discusses the importance of connections to mark Children's Mental Health Week
- Taskmaster- Little Alex Horne has set tasks for children to join in with at school or at home.
2023 Safer Internet Day - 7th February
Online safety advice
Early use of digital technology has been shown to improve language skills and promote children’s social development and creativity. However, it’s not without risks for young children. Unfortunately, they may come across inappropriate content, share personal information or begin to copy what older children do online, which might put them at risk. The following link and document will help you to understand what you can do to give young children aged 6-10 the best experience of going online.
For further advice please refer to our E-Safety page
2023-02 Family Gardening Day - 2
A huge thank you to everyone who came to help on Saturday on our second Gardening Day. Parent helpers did a brilliant job filling planters and planting trees aroung the site - it looks amazing!
Thank you once again.
2023 Children's Mental Health Week
Children’s Mental Health Week is taking place from 6–12 February 2023 and is an opportunity to shine a spotlight on and raise awareness for children and young people’s mental health. At Long Lane we will be launching our Wellbeing Ambassador programme with activities at lunch and break times throughout the week. There will be information for parents posted everyday so look out for this via Parentmail and the school website (Mental health and wellbeing page).
Dress to Express letter Feb 23.pdf
One in six children and young people now have a diagnosable mental health issue. That’s five children in every classroom with a condition like depression or anxiety. Place2Be is the UK's leading school-based mental health charity, providing support to children, families and school-based staff when they need it most.
Dress to Express
As a school community, we will be encouraging all students and staff to use clothing and colour to express themselves on Friday 10th February (also the last day of term). We also kindly ask that all children who take part make a suggested £1 donation to Place2Be, either by bringing their donation to school on the day or by making a donation online via our JustGiving page, and together we can make a real difference to children's mental health and ensure that children don’t have to face mental health problems alone.
2023-02 Year 1 & 2 Orienteering
On Friday 3rd February all children from Year 1 and 2 took part in some orienteering activities. They worked together to create faces using maps as well as finding coloured flags around the field using a map of the school.
2023 Year 1 Visit Pikeshaw Woods - Winter
Year 1 enjoyed a walk to Pikeshaw Woods. They worked together to identify plants, trees and animals in the woods.
2023 Bright Sparks Science Assembly
On Moday 30th January we had a fun assembly visit from Nitro-Jen from BrightSparks Science who is running a Juniors Science Club after half term. Please see the letter below and the clubs page for details on how to sign up to the club.
Bright Sparks Science Club letter T4 2022-23.pdf
2023-01 Year 6 Football Tournament
On Friday 27th January a team of Year 6 children took part in a football tournament at Denefield. We were unbeaten after four games - we drew them all!
PTA School Disco -10th February
PTA Garden Day - 4th February
2023-01 Year 3/4 Orienteering
On Thursday 26th January all children from Year 3 and 4 were orienteering on the field. Great teamwok and perseverance shown when trying to calculate the total of all the mahs questions on the flags.
PTA Winter Warmer - Sale 27th January
2023 Year 5 WW2 Evacuation Day
Year 5 were evacuated on Monday 23rd January - they experienced life in a World War Two school including military drill, cookery, arithmetic, handwriting as well as trying spam and corned beef!
2023-01 Year 5/6 Orienteering
On Friday 20th January Year 5 and 6 took part in an orienteering event on the field. They were using a map of the school to help them find flags - some coloured and some with times tables on. Great perseverance on show when having to calculate the final total
2023 Year 2 Polar Express Trip
Year 2 were welcomed onto the Polar express, on Wednesday 18th January, where they were able to join the train ride to the North Pole. On the way they drank hot chocolate and played games with each other. We took the opportunity to pause on and off to think about what we could see, hear and taste to build our adjectives. We used similes to describe our hot chocolate. 'We drank hot chocolate as thick and rich as melted chocolate'.
2023-01 Energy Club
On Friday 13th January lots of children attended the first Energy Club of 2023. Plenty of fun games played - all led by the Sports Ambassadors
2023-01 Year 5/6 Archery Event
On Thursday 12th January a team of Year 5/6 children took part in an archery event at Theale Green. They came 5th out of 12 schools and were a credit to Long Lane.
2023-01 Year 5/6 Football
On Friday 6th January a team of Year 5/6 boys played two matches. They beat Robert Sandilands 2-1 and drew with Hermitage 1-1. All matches were played in a wonderful spirit.
A Christmas Bedtime Story
All through December staff have been reading special Christmas bedtime stories that you can share with your children.
Click here or on the picture to find the stories
We hope you enjoy them all!
Merry Christmas from all the staff at Long Lane.
PTA - Thank You 2022
Alongside the fun is an amazing amount of money raised which all goes back into important opportunities and resources for your children.
The total raised this term is already over £5,500 and with matched funding this is doubled to £11,075.
A special ‘Thank you’ to all involved in these events from all of us at Long Lane.
And without your support in attending these events this wouldn’t be able to happen so thank you for your amazing donations.
2022 Rainbow Class Nativity
Rainbow class enjoyed performing their Nursery Rhyme Nativity to the school and parents this week. Well done everyone!
2022 A Magical Christmas Journey
This week Years 1 & 2 brilliantly perfomed their play - A Magical Christmas Journey.
Thank you to everyone for all the hardwork putting on these fabulous productions.
2022-12 Winter Elf-lympics
On Friday 16th December the whole school enjoyed a wonderful festive afternoon taking part in the Winter Elf-lympics. There were 12 Christmas themed activities led by the Sports Ambassadors and House Captains.
2022 A Christmas Carol
On the 16th December Rainbow Class enjoyed a trip to the Cornerstone Theatre in Didcot to see A Christmas Carol.
Christmas Jumper Day 2022
The collection for Christmas Jumper day raised £116.64 for Save the Children - thank you to everyone for your support.
2022 Year 1 & 2 Pantomime Trip
On the 13th December Year 1 & 2 visited the Hexagon for this year’s pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Everyone had a fantastic time! It was great to see the children dancing and cheering along. It was also really lovely to see one of our ex-pupils in the cast!
2022-12 Year 6 Netball Matches
On Tuesday 13th December a team of Year 6 netballers braved the freezing conditions to play two matches. They beat Theale 4-0 and lost to Pangbourne 6-3. Fantastic performances from everyone!
KS1 Christmas Party
For Years 1 & 2.
KS2 Christmas Party
For Years 3,4,5 and 6.
PTA Christmas Cracker
Friday 2nd December 4pm to 7pm
Please click on the links below for more details:
- Christmas cracker event https://app.classlist.com/events/#/events/view/910870855
- Visit Santa – pre-booking required: https://app.classlist.com/events/#/events/view/896441162
- Auction https://auctionofpromises.com/2022AuctionForXmasCracker
2022-12 Year 5/6 Football
On Thursday 1st December a team of Year 5/6 boys took on Calcot Junior School in the first round of the Bill Mc Cup. A fantastic game played in a sporting yet competitive spirit saw us eventually win 3-2.
2022 Children In Need
2022-11 Year 6 take part in Alternative Olympics
On Wednesday 23rd November six delightful children from Year 6 took part in an alternative Olympics event at Theale Green. Lots of new activities such as boccia, seated volleyball, archery and kurling were tackled by the team who came second in their overall group.
New Mental Health & Wellbeing Page
At Long Lane the mental health and wellbeing of our children and families is of the utmost importance to us. We understand that there may be times when our pupils and maybe their families too, may need additional support. We pride ourselves on being an approachable and caring school, with safeguarding at the heart of all we do. We encourage you to come and speak with us if you have any concerns for your child’s or your own wellbeing.
Please click here to visit our new Mental Health and Wellbeing Page
It can also be located from the Key Information tab menu dropdown.
2022-11 Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Competition
On Friday 18th November two teams of Year 5/6 children took part in a tag rugby competition here at Long Lane. Really close games with incredible attacking and defending on show!
2022-11 Year 4 have a visit from Rabbi Zvi Solomons
On Thursday 17th November Year 4 had a visit from Rabbi Zvi Solomons from the Jewish Community of Berkshire and learned about Jewish family life and had a synagogue tour in the hall!
2022-11 Speed Stacking Event Years 1-6
On Thursday 17th November two children from each year group took part in a speed stacking event at Theale Green School. Lots of quick stacking and loads of fun!
PTA Christmas Cracker Donation Week
Family Gardening Day
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to help on Saturday with the gardening day especially to Miss Penn for organising. Amazing community spirit and so much got done..
Thank you once again.
Christmas Dates to Remember
2022 Remembrance Commemoration
Year 1 have made poppies to remember those that fought for peace.
Poppy sales raised £371.28 for the Royal British Legion.
2022 Family Gardening Day
PTA Quiz Night 2022
On the 4th November the PTA held another great Quiz Night. A huge thank you to the PTA for organising with a special thank you to the quiz master - Mrs Straker!
Congratulations to our winning staff team -'The Ladies and The Tramp'.
2022-11 Y1 & 2 Tag Rugby
On Friday 4th November all children from Year 1 & 2 took part in tag rugby activities. Four different fun games involving lots of tagging and running led superbly by the Sports Ambassadors.
2022 Year 1 Visit Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre
On Thursday 20th October, Year 1 visited Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre to learn about Autumn. Whilst blind folded they used their senses to smell, feel & hear autumn. They learnt about animals that hibernate, made a bird feeder and played lots of autumn games. Even though it was pouring down with rain the children had an absolutely amazing time.
2022 Long Lane PTA Christmas Fun
2022 PTA Quiz Night with Fish & Chips
2022 -10 Y5 & 6 Netball & Tag Rugby at Denefield
Children from Year 5 & 6 took part in a tag rugby and netball competition on 17th October at Denefield. Both teams won two and lost one of their three games. A great effort - well done all!
2022 -10 Y3 & 4 House Tag Rugby
All children from Year 3 & 4 took part in a house tag rugby competition on 14th October in increasingly wet conditions. Lots of great tagging and try scoring on show with Unicorn getting the most points overall.
2022 KS1 Multi-skills Event
Six children from Year 2 took part in a multi-skills event at Theale Green on 6th October. Absolutely brilliant throwing, stacking, shooting, rolling and many more skills demonstrated by all. Final score of 313 saw them come 3rd out of 12 schools!
2022 -10 Y5 & 6 House Tag Rugby
Year 5 & 6 took part in a tag rugby house competition on 6th October in beautiful sunshine. Brilliant passing, tagging and try scoring on show which saw Phoenix come out as overall winners!
2022 PTA AGM & Quiz Night Rescheduled
DUE TO THE LOW NUMBER OF TICKETS PURCHASED THE QUIZ HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND RESCHEDULED TO 4TH NOVEMBER - FURTHER DETAILS TO FOLLOW
THE AGM HAS BEEN RESCEDULED TO 2:30PM ON FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER IN THE SCHOOL HALL
APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MANY HAVE CAUSED.
2022 PTA October Newsletter
Click the following link for the full newsletter PTA news Oct 2022.pdf
Music Lessons with Hogan Music
2022 Sports Ambassadors Run Their First Energy Club
2022 Welcome Message from our new Sports Ambassadors
2022 Year 2 Visit Didcot Railway Centre
On Wednesday 21st September, Year 2 travelled by train from Tilehurst to visit Didcot Railway Centre for a fantastic day learning about steam railways and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. They had a trip on a steam train, visited the engine sheds and learnt about the jobs on the railways.
PTA Bag 2 School - Fundraising Sept 2022
Her Majesty The Queen
21st April 1926 - 8th September 2022
Long Lane Primary School is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving British monarch who demonstrated service, commitment and dedication throughout her reign. Our deepest sympathies are with the Royal Family at this time.
News | The Royal Family
Following the very sad news of the Queen's passing, we will be holding an assembly at school with the children and staff to remember, celebrate and give thanks to her Majesty's life and service. If your children have any questions about this news, there is a wealth of child friendly material on the internet to support their understanding.
2022 New Sports Ambassadors
Over the summer holidays our horse "Strive" had a new coat of paint to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee based on designs produced by the children.
2022 PTA Summer Profit and Total Fundraising
A Sad Farewell to Mr Thorne
Sadly we said farewell to Mr Thorne today who has been our headteacher for over 10 years and at Long Lane for over 20 years. We held a special assembly today to celebrate his time at Long Lane and wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.
We will all miss you!
Each class performed a special song or poem for Mr Thorne, click here to see the odes from Year 5
There was a little message from our great friend @AaronPhippsGBWR to say farewell to Mr Thorne - we couldn't have put it better ourselves!
All the staff and pupils enjoy a farewell picnic on the field today.
Huge thanks to Mrs Murtagh-Darling and Miss Rossiter for preparing.
2022-07 Year 5 Take Part in Dodgeball Competition
On 14th July a team of Year 5 children took part in a dodgeball competition at Theale Green. Fast-paced and action packed.
2022-07 Year 2 Win Gold at Multiskills Event
On 12th July a team of Year 2 children took part in a multiskills event at Theale Green. Lots of accurate throwing, rolling and shooting going on!
282 points meant a gold medal - well done all!!
2022 Year 5 at the Waterside Centre
On 7th & 8th July Year 5 had a brilliant two days, on the River Thames, at the Wokingham Waterside Centre. They enjoyed lots of different water activities including: dragon boats, raft building, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and team games. Great fun had by all!
For more photos please click here.
2022 Year 6 Class at PGL
Year 6 had an amazing 3 day residential trip to PGL Liddington. They enjoyed lots of activities including: raft building, climbing, zip wire and so much more. What a great end to Year 6!!
For more photos from the trip please click here.
2022 Long Lane Summer Fest
Wow!! What an amazing event. Huge thank you to the PTA and to everyone who volunteered on the day, beforehand, and in cleaning up. And thanks to everyone who spent money, donated cakes, bottles, toys, games and everything else you found on our stalls. We hope you all had a lovely afternoon and we were so happy so many of you stayed even after it rained so heavily! Well done to all of the musical performers and dancers, you all put on a fantastic show. And lastly, thank you to Mr Thorne for his longstanding dedication to the summer fairs for the past 21 years!! You will definitely be missed!!
2022-06 Year 6 Rounders Competition
On 24th June a team of Year 6 children took part in a rounders competition here at Long Lane. Great teamwork and togetherness on show!
2022 Sports Day
On 22nd June we enjoyed an absolutely fantastic sports day - sun shining, spectators back to watch and superb sporting action. All in a wonderfully competitive and supportive atmosphere.
Well done all!
Juniors took part in 7 different races ending with the long distance run. Unicorn won the Sports Day Cup, followed closely by Phoenix, Dragon the Griffin
Please click here for more photos from the Junior Sports Day.
Infants all took part in an obstacle course, beanbag throw, egg & spoon and running race. Unicorn & Dragon tied in first place with Phoenix and Griffin not far behind - only 9 points in it!
Please click here to see some more photos from the Infant Sports Day.
Huge congratulations to Unicorn for coming first in both Infant & Junior events!!
2022 Year 5 DT Day at Pangbourne College
On Thursday 16th June Year 5 attended a brilliant Design and Technology workshop at Pangbourne College. They design and made a watch. This involved drawing the design, using tools to cut, file and polish the watch mount and then decorating it. Everyone produced a fantastic watch which they took home with them. The children were a real credit to Long Lane, a thoroughly enjoyable day for all.
To see more photos from the day please click here.
2022 Year 5 & 6 Visitors from Ancient Greece & Egypt
On Monday 13th June Year 5 and 6 had an ancient visitor - they travelled back in time to the Egyptian and Greek periods.
To see more photos from Year 5 Greek visitor click here..
To see more photos from Year 6 Egyptian visitor click here
2022-06 Basketball Competition Long Lane v Francis Baily
On Friday 10th June, two teams of Year 5 and 6 children took part in a basketball competition with Francis Baily after school. Lots of friendly competion played in rather warm conditions!
2022 Year 3 Visit Ufton Court
On Wednesday 8th June Year 3 enjoyed an amazing day at Ufton Court learning all about life in Roman Britain. They followed the augurs to discover how Roman beliefs guided their day; studied Roman artefacts and worked out what they could be used for; tried their hand at building a wall, making fire and preparing wool just as they Romans had; as well as learning how to fight like a Roman soldier. What a great experience!
To see more photos from the day please click here.
Science Week Reading Challenge
2022 Year 4 Take Part in TTRockstar Record Attempt
On Wednesday 18th May Year 4 took part in the TTRockStars Guinness World record attempt. Fantastics news, a new Guinness World Records title for the "Most viewers of a rolling numbers live stream on YouTube!" was set.
To celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee on 26th May all pupils and staff dressed smartly or wore red, white and blue.
Many classes celebrated with jubilee activities and there was a very special Jubilee lunch.
Well done to Miss Eastman and all the children that helped make the fantastic scarecrow for the school's entry in the Purley On Thames Jubilee Scarecrow Trail
2022 Year 5 Create Ancient Greek Masks
Year 5 have been creating Ancient Greek theatrical masks. Can you tell the difference between comedy, tragedy, hero and mythical?
2022-05 Long Lane Win Jubilee Cup
Children from Year 5 and 6 took part in a Jubilee Cup at Denefield. A team of netballers won four out of four matches without conceding a single goal and the cricketers won two out of two matches. This meant we won the Jubilee Cup. Well done everyonel!
For more pictures from the event please click here.
2022-05 Year 3/4 Rounders Competition
Children in Year 3/4 took part in a rounders house competition. A new sport for many but lots of fun had by all. Dragon were the eventual winners!
2022 Year 4 visit The Living Rainforest
On Thursday 19th May Year 4 visited The Living Rainforest at Hampstead Norreys. In the morning they explored the rainforest and did a quiz - searching for tropical birds and animals. In the afternoon they had a guided tour of the rainforest learning all about the birds, animals and plants you would find there. A great day had by all.
Click here for more pictures from the day.
Long Lane Summer Fest - 25th June
Mystery Events - 20th May 2022
2022-05 Year 5/6 Rounders Competition
What better way to finish off a week of Year 6 SATs than a rounders house competition in the sun with Year 5. Congratulations to Phoenix who won all three games!
PTA - Classlist
The PTA would love to introduce you to a new communication tool they are launching to the whole school community.
All parents will be sent an email directly from the app inviting you to sign up. The PTA would love every single parent in the school to create an account to enable full school communication.
This is a fantastic app - we hope it can build on a real community feel to the school. The PTA want it to replace the PTA WhatsApp groups, Facebook communication and PTA Parentmail notices, but it will do so much more - online ticketing for events, connecting multiple year groups and make it easier to communicate with all parents of children in a particular club - eg all basketball parents or parents of gardening club for example.
National Online Safety
- Online safety Family letter April 22.pdf
- NOSparent leaflet.pdf
- NOS guide to internet controls.pdf
- Omegle- what parents should know NOS.pdf
2022-04 Visit from Aaron Phipps MBE
What a way to start the new term. We had a return visit from Aaron Phipps MBE who came to tell us what he has been up to since his last visit in September 2020. Seems like he hasn't done much other than winning a Paralympic gold medal! The Sports Ambassadors presented him with a £200 cheque for The Meningitis Research Foundation raised from our 'dress sporty day', Mrs Jordan created a fantastic framed gift celebrating his victory in Tokyo and some children in Year 1 also wrote him some messages.
A big THANK YOU to Mr Hunt for organising.
Please click here to see more photos from Aaron's visit.
2022 Year 6 visit Reading Museum
On Wednesday 6th April Year 6 took the train from Tilehurst into Reading to visit Reading Museum as part of their Victorian Topic. In the morning they went back in time to 1893 to become pupils in a Victorian classroom. They practiced arithmetic, handwriting and Geography. In the afternoon they had a very interesting talk about the Huntley & Palmer Biscuit factory, the impact it had on Reading and the life of a factory worker. A brilliant day had by all.
Click here for more pictures from the day.
2022-04 Year 5 Sports Leaders Playmaker Award Update
Year 5 have been leading their activity sessions as part of the Sports Leaders Playmaker Award. Fantastic examples of leadership shown - now need to take it on to all areas of school and home life.
Please click here to see more photos from the sessions.
PTA Pottery Painting - 13th May 2022
Friday May 13th 7.30pm-10pm @ School
2022-04 Dress Sporty Day
On Friday 1st April, children dressed in sporty clothing and in some cases as their sporting heroes. Many classes did some active maths and then took part in a cross country obstacle course around the field. We raised a total of £172.90 for the Meningitis Research Foundation and look forward to presenting it to Aaron Phipps when he comes in after Easter.
Please click here to see more photos from the day.
2022-04 Special Message from Aaron Phipps
Paralympian Aaron Phipps has sent a special message to Long Lane School.
Click here to see the message from Aaron.
2022 Year 5 Easter Egg Hunt at Denefield School
On 31st March Year 5 had a fun morning at Denefield School on an Easter Egg Hunt. They worked in teams with support from two or three Denefield pupils to do activities located around the school and collect eggs.
The activities included: bench ball, netball, geography quiz, egg drop, building a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows, decorating biscuits and many more.
The hunt was won by the team with the most Easter eggs - there was a draw as 3 teams had collected 21 eggs!!
It was a great way for the Year 5s to explore Denefield School and to meet up with ex Long Lane pupils.
2022 Year 1 Visit Bucklebury Farm Park
On 29th March Year 1 enjoyed a fantastic day at Bucklebury Farm Park learning about all the farm animals. The visit included:
- Pet a Pet - the children were able touch rabbits, guinea pigs and a tortoise
- Farm tour - they learnt about and fed sheep, alpacas, ponies and pigs
- Tractor ride and deer park tour - they were able to feed the deer
- Woodland walk and free play in the playground plus many goes on the big slide!!
A great day the children learnt so much and had a lot of fun.
Please click here to see more photos from the day.
PTA Easter Egg-citing Challenge
2022-03 Years 5 & 6 Netball Tournament at Park House School
On 26th March, a team of Year 5 and 6 children took part in a netball tournament at Park House School in Newbury. In their group games they won 1-0, 6-0, 4-2 and drew their final game 0-0. This saw them progress to the quarter finals where they unfortunately lost 1-0 in a close game. Fantastic performances from all and supberb representatives of our school. Huge thanks to Mrs Walls for coaching the team and all parents and family members who transported and supported the team.
2022-03 Years 1 & 2 Tag Rugby Skills and Games
On 25th March, Year 1 and 2 children took part in same tag rugby skills activities and games with other schools. Lots of running around, tagging and having fun.
Please click here for more photos from the day.
2022 Music Lessons with Hogan Music
As well as Berkshire Maestros and Mrs Cannolle, we are partnering with Hogan's Music to bring even more music to Long Lane, including acoustic guitar, drums and DJ-ing lessons.
Find out more about taking music lessons at Long Lane Primary School with Hogan Music. Discover the variety of instruments you could learn, how the lessons work and the benefits of learning with us. Sign up online or contact us to find out more at www.hoganmusic.co.uk/long-lane-primary-school.irs
2022 Queen For a Day Tea Party
Year 1 and 2 children enjoyed treating their special people to a ‘Queen For a Day’ tea party on Wednesday 23rd March. Family members enjoyed being presented with a crown, and served lovingly decorated cakes and biscuits. The royal visitors were also treated to moving performances by both classes.
- "Mrs Straker & Miss Penn, thank you both so much for putting together such a lovely tea party for us parents. It was clear you and the little ones went to such a huge effort and it was a really beautiful afternoon and so special to be able to come in and share a school event with you all. Many thanks again.”
"I’m still emotional looking back on my videos of their performances and their beautiful artwork! Thank you for making some lovely memories today. We are really lucky to have you teaching our children, thank you so much for all that you do."
"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the effort and time you all put into the Mother’s Day tea party yesterday! Jack and I had a fabulous time and it was a fantastic opportunity for us to celebrate the wonderful relationships we have with our children.”
"After filming their performance (for my own use of course), I can’t watch it without tears, it really felt like a very special moment being able to see them sing like they did and what a fabulous choice of song!”
"The children were absolutely thrilled to put on such a party and it meant so much to all of us mums, thank you so so much! Long Lane is such a fabulous school and KS1 teachers are simply the best!”
2022-03 Cross Country Event at Newbury Showground
A team of runners from Years 3,4,5 & 6 went to Newbury Showground to take part in the cross country event. They performed fantastically - showing perseverance, supporting each other and having smiles on their faces the whole time. Such a wonderful bunch of representatives from our school.
Please click here for more photos from the event.
Please click here to read news article in Newbury to Day.
2022-03 Year 5 Sports Leaders Playmaker Award
Year 5 have started carrying on their Sports Leaders Playmaker Award - the focus was on communication when leading.
Red Nose Day 2022
On 18th March the School Council sold Red Noses and held a cake sale to raise money for Red Nose Day.
Thank you to everyone for your amazing cake donations.
We are delighted to announce that an amazing £445.96 was raised from the sale of Red Noses and cakesl!
Many thanks for your support,
The School Council
2022 Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Festival at Newbury Rugby Club
On Thursday17th March a team of Year 5/6 children took part in a tag rugby festival at Newbury Rugby Club. They played threes games, winning two and drawing one. Fantastic performances from all involved.
2022 Year 1 Visit Pikeshaw Woods - Spring
On 17th March Year 1 enjoyed a spring walk to Pikeshaw Woods. They used their observational skills to identify plants, trees and animals in the woods as well as spotting the seasonal changes between winter and spring.
2022 Year 5 Trip to Milestones Museum
On Tuesday 15th March Year 5 had a fantastic trip to Milestones Museum. They really enjoyed learning more about WW2. The highlight of the day was using ration books to purchase old fashioned sweets from the sweet shop.
Clickhere to see some pictures from the day.
PTA Mother's Day Gift Shop
2022 Years 3,4,5 & 6 Took Part in Inclusive Activities
On Friday 11th March children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in some inclusive activities in the hall. They enjoyed trying out sports such as Boccia, Kurling and Goalball.
2022 Year 2 Literacy Walk
Year 2 are studyng little Red Riding Hood in their literacy lessons. On Friday 11th March, to help them with their creative writing, they explored Pikeshaw woods. They recorded descriptive words and sentences from their experience to be used in their Little Red Riding Hood stories.
2022 Year 5/6 Girls' Football Match at Speenhamland
On Thursday10th March the Year 5/6 girls' football team had a great victory against Speenhamland. Well done all!
2022 Year 3/4 Tag Rugby Festival at Newbury Rugby Club
On Thursday10th March a team of Year 3/4 children took part in a tag rugby festival at Newbury Rugby Club. They played some fantastic rugby, scoring plenty of tries. They played four games and won four games - well done all!
New Online Resources Information
Visit our new Online Resources page which details the software purchased by school to support pupils learning in school and at home. Links to access these resources can be found on the Pupil Zone or Home Learning Zone pages, login details can be found in your child's Reading Record.
2022 Rainbow Class Visit Henley River & Rowing Museum
On Friday 4th March Rainbow Class had an amazing day at Henley River and Rowing Museum for a 'Toad & Friends' workshop. They listened to stories, decorated bags, made a duck, learnt a dance, looked round the museum and went for a walk in the wild woods.
Please click here to see some more pictures from our trip.
2022 Year 3/4 Tag Rugby Tournament
On Friday 4th March a team of Year 3/4 children took part in a tag rugby tournament against three other schools. Fantastic matches between all schools with lots of skill and determination on show. Well done all!
2022 - Year 3 Enjoy Making Woolly Mammoths
As part of studying the topic of Stone Age to Iron Age, Year 3 have written postcards from the Stone Age in English; recreated cave paintings in art and followed instructions to make their own woolly mammoths and evaluated their work.
2022 Year 5 Sports Leader Playmaker Award
Year 5 have started their Sports Leaders Playmaker Award - We have been thinking about what makes an effective leader and having a go at creating and leading our own activities.
E-Safety - Social Media
Most social media apps are 13+ (WhatsApp is 16+) but - as we are aware some children are using them regularly. We wanted to share some important settings to keep children safe online.
For full details please read the following:
Also see our E-Safety page.
PTA Newsletter Feb 2022
For full details please read the following:
2022 Orienteering - Rainbow Class
LOGO LIFT OFF - Reminder
Did you know that from 2022, rockets will be launching into space from spaceports in the UK for the very first time? The UK Space Agency is celebrating this exciting news with a new STEAM-focused competition for kids aged between 4 and 11 years old.
They are asking children from each nation of the UK to design a logo which will go on rockets launched from the UK next year! This will help promote the UK’s spaceflight programme and celebrate the mission these satellites have in helping to protect our planet from climate change.
Regional winners will pitch their designs to a panel of friendly judges who will choose the overall winner whose design will be chosen to go on rockets launching from UK spaceports.
All entrants will receive their very own certificate and regional winners will also receive a special prize!
The competition is open until the 11th March 2022
Click here to find out more information
PTA Pizza & Cookie Evening Feb 2022
For more details please read the following:
2022 Year 1 Visit Pikeshaw Woods - Winter
On 2nd February Year 1 enjoyed a winter walk to Pikeshaw Woods. They used their observational skills to identify plants, trees and animals in the woods as well as seeing the seasonal changes.
2022 Year 5 Football @ Denefield
2022 Year 5 WW2 Evacuation Day
It's Tuesday 25th January 1940 and Year 5 have been evacuated. They travelled by train to their new home and met their teacher.
Life is very different for them being away from home and food is rationed. They were lucky to have some tinned spam and corned beef to share. The local land girl, from the village, taught them how to make tasty cakes using carrots.
Pease click here to see what else they did during their day as an evacuee.
2022 Year 2 Polar Express Trip
PTA - Total Raised at Christmas 2021
We are thrilled to announce that the 12 Days of Chistmas Fun raised a total profit of £4,006.
A huge thank you to everyone for your support.
For more details and the answers to the competitions please read the following announcement:
PTA - Total Raised at Christmas 2022.pdf
2021 Winter Reading Challenge
Christmas Jumper Day 2021
The collection for Christmas Jumper day raised £108.75 for Save the Children - thank you to everyone for your support.
2021 PTA - 6th Day of Christmas
Thank you to everyone for all the classroom resources given to school as part of the PTAs 6th Day of Christmas Giving List. Here are some of the items that were received by Years 4 & 6.
Huge Thank You from the staff and pupils.
2021 Reindeer Dash
On the 10th December the whole school took part in the Reindeer Dash supported by the PTA as their 10th Day of Christmas event. This involved lots of fun games and activities: Santa's Sack, Grab Santa's Hat, Reindeer Jumps, Pull the Sleigh, Fill the Stockings, Santa Says, Reindeer Hoopla, Gingerbread Jumps, Snowball Hunt, Gingerbread Men vs the Grinch and Down the Chimney. Huge thanks to Mr Hunt, the Sports Ambassadors and House Captains for organising. Everyone had a fantastic time, it was great to see the pupils having so much fun!!
Year 1 & 2 Pantomime Trip
On the 8th December Year 1 & 2 visited the Hexagon for this year’s pantomime Beauty and the Beast. The children’s behaviour was exceptional! It was lovely for us to see them laughing, singing, clapping and cheering along. A good time was had by all!
2021- Bright Sparks Science Assembly
We had a fun assembly visit from BrightSparks Science who will be running a Year 3 and 4 Science Club in the Spring term. Please see the Spring Clubs letter for details on how to sign up to the club.
2021 Year 5 Artwork
Year 5 realism art work based on the work by Dennis Wojtkiewicz.
PTA Christmas - Silent Auction
We have just launched our Online Auction starting on Thursday 2nd December at 7pm and ends and concludes on Wednesday 15th December at 9pm. We have some amazing items to bid on! Please click on the link https://auctionofpromises.com/LongLanePTAAuction2021 and have a look through all of the items available. Feel free to share this with family and friends too!
Please check out the PTA Facebook page to see all the other activities we are running for the Christmas 12 days of fun.
Reading Museum's Forgetful Elf Trail
2021 Y5/6 Mixed Tag Rugby Competition
PTA - 12 Days of Fun
2021 Year 5/6 Girls Football
2021 Year 1 & 2 Tag Rugby
The Ramayana Dance Workshop
Quiz Night & AGM Thank You
Happy half term everyone!
We hope you all have some lovely plans, even if they only involve a very well earned rest!
We'd like to thank everyone who came to our Quiz night last week for their fantastic support. It was definitely our biggest turnout to a PTA AGM for a few years and on top of that we had a lot of fun doing a quiz, expertly hosted by Mr Thorne.
Well done to the winning team Agatha Quiztie, their knowledge of obscure 90s pop artists and pandemic news headlines was second to none!! Also thanks to The Lemon Plaice for the delicious fish and chips served up, it definitely served as a good base for all the wine we sold...
But finally, thanks to everyone who came, we raised a whopping £620! Absolutely brilliant amount to start the year with and hopefully a great contribution for the school's projects this year.
PTA Spooky Spoon Competition -2021
Can you spook our judges by creating a Spooky Spoon?
Every Child will bring home a provided spoon to join in the spooky half term fun.
Anyone welcome to enter, even adults!!
Spooky Spoons to be handed to your class teacher by 4th November - don't forget to name them!!
Winners announced 8th November.
We are really looking forward to seeing your amazing spooky entries.
Scan the QR code to donate to Long Lane - suggest £1.
Aaron Phipps Thank You Message for Long Lane Support
Also click here for message from Aaron .
AGM & Quiz Night 2021
Thanks to everyone who attended the AGM & Quiz night on 15th October - a really enjoyable eveining!
Congratulations to our winning staff team 'Agatha Quiztie'.
School Receives Laptops from Network Rail
We are very pleased to announce that we have received 15 refrubished Lenovo laptops donated by Network Rail.
Huge thanks to Network Rail, Mr & Mrs Scott and the PTA for organising.
2021 Year 3 & 4 House Tag Rugby Competition
2021 Year 5 & 6 House Tag Rugby Competition
2021 Sports Ambassadors Run New Energy Club
2021 Year 2 Multiskills Event
AGM & Quiz Night
2021 Welcome Message from our new Sports Ambassadors
2021 Year 1 Visit Pikeshaw Woods - Autumn
On 23rd September Year 1 enjoyed an Autumn walk to Pikeshaw Woods. They used their observational skills to identify plants, trees and animals in the woods.
2021 New Sports Ambassadors
2021 Year 2 Visit Didcot Railway Centre
On Wednesday 15th September, Year 2 visited Didcot Railway Centre for a fantastic day learning about steam railways and Isambard Kingdom Brunel. They had a trip on a steam train, visited the engine sheds and learnt about the jobs on the railways.
2021 Summer Club - Learning to Cook
Pupils attending the Summer Club had great fun learning to cook with the school chef from Harrison Catering, Mrs T. Murtagh-Darling
- Apple muffins
- Crispy cakes
GB beat USA to win first wheelchair rugby gold
Team GB have done it - they have won the first gold medal for Great Britain in wheelchair rugby beating the USA 54-49.
Huge congratulations to Aaron and the Team.
Tokyo Paralympics: GB beat USA to win first wheelchair rugby gold - BBC Sport
History Made In Wheelchair Rugby | ParalympicsGB | 2020 Tokyo Paralympics - YouTube
GB wheelchair rugby team reach first Paralympic final
Team GB have done it - they’re in the gold medal match which is on TV, either Channel 4 or More 4, at 10am on Sunday 29th August. Let’s cheer Aaron and the team on to victory! It’s the first time a European team have reached a final.
Tokyo Paralympics: GB wheelchair rugby team reach first Paralympic final - BBC Sport
Paralympic Medal Count | Tokyo 2020 Paralympics (Aug 24-Sep 5, 2021) (olympics.com)
End of Term Newsletter
On behalf of all the staff, pupils and Governors I’d like to wish good luck to all our leavers.
I hope that everyone has an amazing summer break and we look forward to welcoming you back for the new term starting on Thursday 2nd September 2021.
Mr. P. Thorne
For more newsletters please click here.
Long Lane Summer Concert 2021
Well done to all the children who took part in the concert. Also a huge thank you to Mrs Canolle for organising it, and to Year 6 pupils Lilly W. & Evie G. for recording the performances and putting the video together.
Have a lovely summer everyone.
Aaron Phipps Announces Governors' Community Award
Please click here to see Aaron Phipps announcing the Governors' Community Award at the Year 6 Leavers Evening.
Also click here to for a special message from Aaron to the whole school.
We are all really looking foward to Aaron visiting Long Lane again next year.
2021 Rainbow Class visit Ufton Court
On Monday 19th July, Rainbow Class visited Ufton Court for a brilliant Woodlands Day . They went on a woodland walks, collected wood, learnt how to make and light a fire and toasted marshmellows. They visited the herb garden matching the vibrant colours of the plants to a colour chart. They enjoyed playing a blind fold game to identify trees and searching for photographic clues around the site.
Great fun had by all!
Year 5 Complete Sports Leaders Playmaker Course -2021
Odes to Aaron Phipps - Paralympian
Year 5 have been learning about Ancient Greek Odes - especially related to the Olympics. We have created our own odes in celebration and honour of Paralympian Aaron Phipps who is going to the Tokyo soon!
Olympic and Paralympic Games Bucket List Challenge
Olympic Paralympic Bucket list- final.pdf
2021 Sports Day - Juniors
On the 7th July the Juniors had a fantastic Sports Day full of team spirit, determination and great sporting skills.
Well done everyone!
1st - Dragon - 220
2nd - Griffin - 212
3rd - Phoenix - 182
4th - Unicorn -173
Congratulations to Dragon!
2021 Sports Day - Infants
On the 5th July the Infants enjoyed a really fun Sports Day on the field.
Well done all!
2021 Year 6 Class at PGL
Year 6 had a fantastic 3 day residential trip to PGL Liddington. They enjoyed raft building, climbing, the zip wire and so much more. What a brilliant end to Year 6!!
Georgina in Year 4 Wins Windrush Poetry Competition
Congratulations to Georgina, in Year 4, for winning the Windrush Poetry Competition run by and the Barbados Museum & Historical Society in association with Reading Museum. The prize was a box of books fom the Barbados Museum Gift Shop.
Georgina's poem was entitled "Windrush Waters".
2021 Year 5 at the Waterside Centre
On 21st & 22nd June Year 5 had an amazing two days, on the River Thames, at the Wokingham Waterside Centre. They enjoyed lots of different water activities including: dragon boats, raft building, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding and team games. It was brilliant to see everyone supporting each other and challenging themselves.
PTA Bag 2 School - Fundraising
Update 20th July - Fantastic news we raised over £175 from Bags2School - thank you everyone for your support.
From the PTA
Raising Money for Books - Update from Mrs Maggs
Here are some of the amazing books that have already been purchased from the money raised by the Purley Jumble Trail stall.
Year 3 & 4 Roman Day at Ufton Court
On Thursday 10th June, Years 3 & 4 visited Ufton Court for a brilliant day learning about Roman Britain. We took part in a trail round the grounds with the augurs, looked at Roman artefacts , learnt military manoeuvres and gained some keys skills to enable us to be self-sufficient.
2021 Year 5 & 6 Visitor from Ancient Greece
On Monday 24th May, the children in Year 5 & 6 were visited by a man from Ancient Greece. They learnt a lot about the city states of Athens and Sparta as well as Greek soldiers and the Olympics.
Raising Money for Books
On Saturday 22nd May Mrs Maggs, with help from Mrs Archer, ran a stall as part of the Purley Jumble Trail and also at Tadley Sunday Market. She raised an amazing £210 for books in school.
Thank you to everyone who donated filled jars, supplied jumble, visited the stall and helped on the day and an extra special thanks to Mrs Maggs for organising.
On Friday 21st May Year 6 held a cake sale raising over £200 for the outdoor classroom - fantastic job!!
Special thanks to Lilly, Darcey, Juno, Charlotte, Lily B. and Izzy for organising and running the sale.
West Berkshire Schools Sports Network
Please click the link below to read the West Berkshire School Sports Network Newsletter which celebrates the work of our Sports Ambassadors.
Sports Ambassadors Newsletter Article.pdf
PTA Egg-Change 2021
The PTA are pleased to announce that the Easter Egg-change raised an amazing £484.90! It means so much to be able to raise funding for the school and the landscaping project, especially at the moment when we are challenged by the restrictions. So a MASSIVE thank you from all of the Long Lane PTA and hope you had fun!
England Does The Mile
Well done to all the pupils that took part in ‘England Does the Daily Mile’ on 30th April. The event was to get 1 million children active and moving to support mental health through physical activity.
Year 5 & 6 WWII Day 2021
On Monday 29th March, the children in Year 5 & 6 experienced what it was like to be an evacuee in WWII. They travelled to their destination and met their new teacher. At lunchtime they ate their rations which included spam. The girls had sewing lessons whilst the boys studied technical drawing. Skipping was the favourite activity during breaktime.