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Year 5/6 Boys' Football v Hermitage - 28/09/23

A team of Year 5 and 6 boys played Hermitage in the first round of the Bill Mc Cup. A great team performance saw them win 4-0 with two goals each from Henry and Luke.

Italian Lessons start at Long Lane 

 Italian Lessons

We are all really excited to begin our Italian lessons at Long Lane.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed their first lesson of Italian and have been really enthusiastic to learn about the Italian flag and follow some instructional language.

We are very fortunate to be able to offer two Italian clubs;

  • Storytime -  Y1, Y2, and Y3 (before school)
  • Bracelet making – Y4, Y5, Y6 (lunchtime)

Letters will come out for these clubs shortly.

2023 PTA Summer Profit and Total Fundraising

Thanks for all your support over the past year, it’s been busy and we love that the community has rallied round to raise an incredible amount of money for our children’s education. We would love to kick off next year in style – we have set a date for our AGM already, which we will again combine with an epic quiz night with fish & chips served from a local chip shop.

Please put the date in your diaries now – FRIDAY 29th September 7.30pm at school.

Happy summer everyone
Your PTA Committee

2023 Rainbow Class go on a Teddy Bears' Picnic at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

On Tuesday 18th July Rainbow Class took their teddy bears  for a picnic at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre. They had a really lovely day and so did their teddies!!

Thatcham  Nature Discovery Centre has lots of fun activties on during the summer for families to do so go and visit for a great day out! 

2023 PTA Sponsored Colour Run


On 14th July children across the school took part in a sponsored Colour Run organised by the PTA . Even though it was raining the children had a great time running laps around the field, whilst adults sprayed them with colourful powder paint.
A great fun event for the end of term.

Netball Club - Thanks Mrs Walls

Netball   Mrs Walls

A huge thanks to Mrs Walls for running the Year 5/6 netball club this year. She has also agreed to do it next year even though she won't have any children left at Long Lane. 

Year 5 Dodgeball - July 2023

A team of children from Year 5 took part in a dodgeball competition at Theale Green school. The children came joint third but more importantly demonstrates fair play and honesty when participating.

2023 Year 4 visit The Living Rainforest


On Thursday 13th July Year 4 visited The Living Rainforest at Hampstead Norreys, they really enjoyed learning about all the different tropical birds and animals. 

2023 Year 6 At the Park


On 12th July Year 6 had a great day out at the park in Pangbourne. They enjoyed playing in the playground, rounders and eating pizza and ice creams!!

2023 Year 2 Multiskills at Theale Green


On Tuesday 11th July  a  team of children from Year 2 took part in a Multiskills event at Theale Green. They played a variety of different games and scored a whopping 434 points - this saw them win gold medals!

2023 Meet the Teacher

It was lovely to see so many people at the Meet the Teacher evenings last week.
Please visit your new class page to see the transition powerpoints from the meetings.

2023 Year 5 Waterside Centre


On the 6th & 7th  July Year 5 had an amazing couple of days at Wokingham Waterside CentreSo much laughter as well as children conquering fears and challenges. Paddleboarding was a highlight.

2023 Year 1 Visit Bucklebury Farm Park


On 6th JulyYear 1 enjoyed an amazing day at Bucklebury Farm Park learning about all the farm animals. The children saw goats, pigs, sheep and lots more animlas. They were able to touch rabbits and  they enjoyed a tractor ride in the deer park where they feed the deer.

2023 Year 4/5/6 Basketball v Francis Baily

On Thursday 6th July two teams of children took on Francis Baily in some basketball matches. Long Lane 1 and 2 drew with each other and then both teams won both their games against the opposition. Some fantastic individual and team performances on show!


2023 Year 6 Rounders Competition


On Friday 30th June a team of Year 6 children took part in a rounders competition. They beat Birch Copse 13-9 and drew (15-15) with Downsway. It was a great afternoon of friendly competition.

2023 Poem by Year 6 Pupil

2023 Year 6 Class at PGL


Year 6 had a fantastic 3 day residential trip to PGL Liddington. They enjoyed lots of activities including: raft building, climbing, zip wire and so much more. What an amazing end to Year 6!!

2023 Year 4 & 5 Netball at Downsway

A huge thanks to Mrs Walls for taking some children from Year 4 and 5 up to Downsway for an afternoon of netball skills, drills and matches. A great experience for them to get ready for more netball next year.


2023 Travelling Book Fair

Thank you so much for supporting our Travelling Book Fair, we hope your child has discovered an exciting new read! Thanks to your support we are able to buy new books for the school, to the value of £288. Teachers have already chosen some excellent books to share with their classes and we will be adding to our home reading library as well.

2023 Sports Day

On 20th June everyone took part in a fantastic sports day for both the infants and juniors. The weather came good in the end and lots of friendly and fun competitive action took place on the field. Unicorn retained their title in the KS2 event.
A  Huge Thank You to Mr Hunt for organising and another huge Thank You to the PTA for providing refreshments and ice lollies!

2023-06 Archery Event

On Friday 16th June some children from Year 3/4/5/6 took part in an archery event. They played team and individual games - some of which were very frustrating and required a lot of perseverance!


2023 Year 5 Create Ancient Greek Masks

Year 5 have been designing and making theatrical masks from Ancient Greece. We have used newspaper and modroc to develop realistic facial features before finally choosing a colour we think suits our masks. 


Long Lane Achieve Schools Games Mark Gold Award 2022/23

We are delighted to announce that we, Long Lane Primary School, have achieved the School Games Gold Mark Award for the 2022/23 academic year.

The School Games Mark is a Government-led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success.

Please click here to read the press release

With many young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfill criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year.

A special thanks to all those involved in supporting Long Lane Primary to be able to achieve what we have this year!

We look forward to applying once again in 2024!

2023 Year 5 & 6 Visitors from Ancient Greece & Egypt

On Monday 12th June Year 5 and 6 had a visitor from Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. They learnt plenty about what life was like in these periods as well as getting to handle some equipment. This visit complemented what we have been learning about in our classes.


2023 PTA Enchanted Extravaganza

Auction of Promise

Please follow this link to log in and BID on some AMAZING experiences - please share with family & friends!
The online part of the auction will close Friday 23rd JUne @ 10pm and bidding will continue at Long Lane Extravaganza concluding @ 3.45pm!

2023-06 Year 1 and 2 Striking and Fielding

On  Friday 9th June Year 1 and 2 took part in a striking and fielding event on the field. Four different fun activities led by the Sports Ambassadors. The most popular activity was trying to knock balls off targets using beanbags!


2023 PTA Father's Day Shop

2023-06 Cricket Competition at Douai Abbey

On Wednesday 6th June a team of children from Year 4/5/6 took part in a cricket competition at Douai Abbey. They beat Francis Baily, Brimpton and Winchcombe in the group stage. They then lost to a really strong Falklands team before beating Woolhampton - this meant they came third overall!


2023-05 Year 5 DT Day at Pangbourne College

On Thursday 25th May Year 5 took part in a Design and Technology workshop at Pangbourne College where they created their own watches. It was a fantastic day and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


2023-05 Year 3/4 House Rounders

On Friday 19th May Year 3 and 4 took part in a house rounders competition in what may be called rather wet conditions. It was so wet that the score sheets disintegrated! Spirits weren’t dampened though and lots of fun was had by all.


2023-05 Art Club Try Lino Printing

The children in Art Club try out lino printing.

2023-05 Year 4 Try Shang Dynasty Cooking

Year 4 children enjoyed a cookery session where they made Ginger Millet Porridge as the Shang Dynasty would have done during the Bronze Age.


PTA Bag 2 School - Fundraising June 2023

Bags 2 School will be collecting from the school office on Wednesday 14th June .

Donations to school office from Monday 12th, but please ensure your bags are in the before 9am on Wednesday.
Thanks, Your PTA

Coronation Picnic 12th May 2023

A family picnic was held on the field to celebrate the King's Coronation.
The afternoon started off with a maypole dancing display from Rainbow Class in the hall. Followed  by the whole school parading around the field dressed in red,white and blue, wearing crowns and waving flags. All the children then sung the National Anthem. The weather was kind and the predicted rain stayed away enabling the children to join their families for a picnic with rousing patriotic music. 
It was so lovely to see everyone - such a great community atmosphere!

2023-05 Year 6 Rounders

Friday 12th May - Year 6 have finished SATs and what better way to celebrate than a house rounders competition with Year 5. Griffin came out as overall winners in a fun and competitive event.

2023-05 Year 3/4 Tri-Golf Event

On Wednesday 10th May a team of children from Year 3 and 4 took part in a Tri-Golf event at Theale Green. They played a range of golf related activities and they came third overall. A really good positive experience for them all.


2023-05 Art Club Make Pots

The children in Art Club made some wonderful pots that they planted up with baby spider plants.

King's Coronation Picnic 12th May 2023

King's coronation picnic letter.pdf

On12th May we invite all the children to wear Red, White and Blue to school, if they would like to do so.
The children are free to wear anything they wish as long as the outfit is Red, White and Blue.
If your child doesn't wish to 'dress down' then they should wear their normal school uniform.

Coronation Celebration Lunch

On Friday 5th May, to celebrate the Coronation, pupils enjoyed a special lunch. 


Huge THANK YOU to Mrs Murtagh-Darling and Miss Rossiter for putting on such a great spread!

King's Coronation Lunch Menu 5th May 2023

Kings Coronation Lunch 5th May 2023.pdf

2023-04 Year 5/6 Football v John Rankin

On Friday 28th April  a team of girls from Year 5 and 6 played football against John Rankin - it was a really tough game which they lost. Whilst that was the case, they never gave up, played as a team and had a good laugh at the same time! 


2023 Year 5 Learn about Alan Turing

Year 5 have been learning about Alan Turing and used Clipchamp and their IT skills to produce some videos about his life.

Please click here to see some of the videos they made.


2023-04 Special Message from Aaron Phipps

Our good friend @AaronPhippsGBWR has sent us message about what he has been up to in preparation for the upcoming Wheelchair Rugby European Championships. He also wished the Year 6s good luck with their SATs. More information about European Championships which take place in Cardiff between 3rd-7th May can be found here:  

Aaron Phipps Message to LL - April 2023.mp4

PTA Doughnuts & Uniform Sale 28th April 2023

2023-04 Year 5/6 Football

On Friday 21st April a team of Year 5/6 boys played against Downsway in the cup. It was a tight game throughout and with the score at 3-3 with not long left, our opposition came on strong and won 7-3. The boys kept their heads up and responded well by beating Meadow Park 7-3 in a friendly afterwards.

2023-04 Year 5/6 Netball Finals

A team of Year 5/6 children took part in the Newbury Schools Netball League Finals. Just qualifying for this was a massive achievement! After beating Downsway and Cold Ash and drawing with Francis Baily, we got through to the final against Hermitage. Sadly, we lost to a very strong team in the final but our lot did us proud. Being the second best team in the local area is a fantastic effort!


2023 Year 5 Easter Egg Hunt at Denefield

On Wednesday 29th March Year 5 went to Denefield for an Easter Egg Hunt. They explored the school site, found clues and completed challenges. We also saw lots of ex-Long Lane pupils around the school.



2023-03 Year 5 Sports Leaders Playmaker Award - Final Session

On Monday 27th March Year 5 had the final session of their Sports Leaders Playmaker Award. They delivered their activity sessions to children in Year 2. Lots of important leadership skills learnt that can now be demonstrated in and out of school.


PTA Summer Event - Sign up 2023

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

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for Long Lane School PTA with easyfundraising?

There are over 7,000 brands on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.

All you need to do is:

1. Click here and join for free.

2. Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping.

3. After you’ve checked out, the brand will make a donation to Long Lane School PTA at no extra cost to you whatsoever!

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:

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'.

Finally, Year 2 finished the experience watching the first part of the Polar Express.  
It was lovely to see the class excited and engaged in the experience.  
We are using this experience to write a diary as the boy in the Polar Express.

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

A huge Thank You to our wonderful and dedicated PTA who have organised and run so many of the fun events that children and families have enjoyed this year already.
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:

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




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

The first Energy Club was led by the Sports Ambassadors on Friday 30th September - great turn out of Year 2/3/4 children.

2022 Welcome Message from our new Sports Ambassadors

Pleae click here to listen to a special 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

We are delighted to announce the new Sports Ambassadors for this year:
Evie, Isla, Chloe, Manon, Elijah, Tommy-Lee, Max and Ben.
They are looking forward to leading events as well as running an Energy Club for Years 2,3 &4.

Jubilee Horse

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

Thank you so much for all your support this year – your generosity has meant we have been able to support the school to spend on some great projects for the children.
We’d like to announce our fundraising total for Summer Fest on 25thJune – we raised an incredible £4,277!
Everything else that’s been raised this year has also been totted up and we’re sure you’ll agree the amounts are staggering -  £25,500 we can’t wait to see how this can be spent on even more exciting projects next year.
Happy summer everyone
Your PTA Committee

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!

Farewell Picnic

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!


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!!

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

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!

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.

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. 

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

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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!

Science Week Reading Challenge

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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.

Jubilee Celebrations


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!

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.  

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.

Please see document below with all the features on if you want to know more details, or you can search the classlist website ( for more answers. The PTA are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or asking your class rep.

National Online Safety


Long Lane Primary School have shown our commitment to protecting our pupils online by working with National Online Safety providing resources for all parents and carers. The resources include Parents & Carers courses (presented by Myleene Klass), online video resources and weekly guides covering a huge range of topics.
To create your account, please follow and complete your details. When you are set up, you will be able to set ‘Parent/Carer’ as your user type.
Please see our E-saftey page for more details on Online Saftey.

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.

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.  

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.

PTA Pottery Painting - 13th May 2022

Friday May 13th 7.30pm-10pm @ School

Come and enjoy a fun night with friends with a creative twist. Mad Hatters Pottery Cafe will be providing us with items to paint & quality ceramic paints and we will provide a fully licensed bar & snacks.To reserve your place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or fill in your name on the booking form in the office.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

Thank you to everyone who attended, it was lovely to welcome so many of you into school for the afternoon and the children were so thrilled and excited to arrange this for you.
Here are some of the comments from parents following the event: 
  • "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 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.

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. 

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:

PTA - Newsletter Feb 2022.pdf 

2022 Orienteering - Rainbow Class

On 11th February Miss Aspindale, with help from the Sports Ambassadors, ran an orienteering session for the children in Rainbow class. Lots of running around and fun was had by all.

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

2022 Orienteering

Over the last three weeks, children have taken part in some orienteering activities on Friday afternoons. Working together, lots of running and problem solving.

PTA Pizza & Cookie Evening Feb 2022

For more details please read the following:

Pizza Evening - Feb 2022.pdf

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

A team of Year 5 children have taken part in the @denefieldschool first primary school football competition on their new pitches.

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.

2022 Year 2 Polar Express Trip

Year 2 had a wonderful trip on The Polar Express on Wednesday afternoon. Pupils got into their snuggly nightwear and enjoyed hot chocolate and games with their friends. 

PTA - West Berkshire Lottery

Long Lane School PTA have launched a weekly lottery with West Berks Lottery, with a chance to win up to £25,000 each week!!
50% of all tickets sales will go directly to Long Lane PTA when selected as your chosen cause. Its easy to play, just click here.
Good luck everyone and thank you for supporting your PTA.

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Berkshire Virtual Sports - Pentathlon Results

Fantastic news we have been awarded a Spirit of the Games Award for last week's Sportshall Pentathlon event. We had the third most children take part in Berkshire. 
Don't forget to take part in this weeks tennis event results to Mr. Hunt by 9am on Sunday 17th May. 

Sports News

Rainbow Class Trips and News

We hope you enjoy reading about our trips and activities.

All news relating to SportsMathsEnglishScience and The Arts can be found on the subject pages. Click here for all the news from across the school.