A group of children from across all year groups took part in an archery event in the hall. It took a while to get their aim right but then lots of team games saw many a bullseye and lots of points being scored. It was a fun afternoon learning new skills.
Please see the newsletter for all the information regarding the PTA's festive events. Festive Events 2023.pdf
A team of children from Year 6 took part in an Alternate Olympics event at Theale Green School. They performed fantastically and were particularly successful at the seated volleyball and archery activities. Their final points score saw them finish joint first in their group - this meant gold medals!
It was great to see so many parents and family members come in to classes at the end of the day to sit and read with the children. This included reading one to one, in small groups and joining in with whole class reading sessions. Children in Rainbow class also enjoyed having family members in to stay and play.
After Aaron Phipps' visit, many classes wrote letters and notes to say thanks and he sent a video reply back to Year 5 who sent him over their letters. Read Year 5's letters: Letters to Aaron Phipps.pdf and watch the video reply: Aaron Reply to Year 5 Letters.mp4
Friend of the school @AaronPhippsGBWR made a welcome return to Long Lane to share his story. All the children were so engaged - listening carefully and asking some fantastic questions. He is truly inspirational and we love having him here. #weallhavechoices
A team of boys from Year 5 and 6 took part in the ESFA Football Finals. They drew their first game and lost the last two in really tight contests. They can all be proud of their efforts!
Two teams of children from Year 5/6 took part in a tag rugby competition against two other schools. Fantastic skills and teamwork from all teams on show - a 6-6 draw between our two teams left everyone feeling satisified!
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A huge thanks to everyone who donated items for our Harvest Festival Assembly. New Beginnings Reading will be able to support so many local people as a result of the generosity of our school community. Mrs Maggs had an extremely full car!
An amazing afternoon of Year 5/6 football against four other West Berkshire schools. After losing the first game 1-0, the boys won the next three without conceding a single goal. This resulted in us topping the table on goal difference - it also means we will attend the Newbury and District finals.
On Thursday 12th October, there will be a harvest festival assembly where children are encouraged to bring in donations to help support the charity New Beginnings Reading.
A team of girls from Year 5 and 6 took on Thorngrove Prep in a cup match. For a team that haven't played much competitive football, they showed great passion, teamwork and determination. Unfortunately, they lost 3-0 but they should be really proud.
All children from Year 5 and 6 took part in a tag rugby house competition. Lots of fast-paced action and some great teamwork on show. Unicorn came out on top overall.
Year 4 had their annual visit from Rabbi Svi. Children learnt about the customs and traditions of the Jewish community.
A team of children from Year 2 enjoyed taking part in a multiskills festival at Theale Green. They were a great team who supported each other throughout.
Year 5 and 6 children have been taking part in Level 1 and 2 of Bikeability over the last couple of weeks. They have learnt key cycle safety skills to take with them into their next stages of their lives.
Say hello to this year's Sports Ambassadors who will be helping get children active at break and lunch as well as leading and officiating at sports events.
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.
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;
Letters will come out for these clubs shortly.
Please put the date in your diaries now – FRIDAY 29th September 7.30pm at school.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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The online part of the auction will close Friday 23rd JUne @ 10pm and bidding will continue at Long Lane Extravaganza concluding @ 3.45pm!
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!
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!
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.
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.
The children in Art Club try out lino printing.
Year 4 children enjoyed a cookery session where they made Ginger Millet Porridge as the Shang Dynasty would have done during the Bronze Age.
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.
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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.
The children in Art Club made some wonderful pots that they planted up with baby spider plants.
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!
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!
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.
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: https://gbwr.org.uk/2023-wheelchair-rugby-european-championship/
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.
A team of Year 5/6 children took part in the Newbury Schools Netball League Finals. Just qualifying for this was a massive achievement!
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.
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.
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.
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.
A BIG thank you to everyone who supported Red Nose Day this year. We raised £165.25 - THANK YOU.
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.
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.
As part of studying the Stone Age Year 3 have recreated cave paintings in art and followed instructions to make their own woolly mammoths.
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!
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!
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!!
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.
On Friday 3rd March pupils and staff dressed up as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day - everyone looked amazing!
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.
We will be celebrating our collective love of reading at Long Lane by dressing up for World Book Day on Friday 3
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.
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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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Year 1 enjoyed a walk to Pikeshaw Woods. They worked together to identify plants, trees and animals in the woods.
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.
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!
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.
Year 5 were evacuated on Monday 23rd
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
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'.
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
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.
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.
All through December staff have been reading special Christmas bedtime stories that you can share with your children.
We hope you enjoy them all!
Merry Christmas from all the staff at Long Lane.
Rainbow class enjoyed performing their Nursery Rhyme Nativity to the school and parents this week. Well done everyone!
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.
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.
On the 16th December Rainbow Class enjoyed a trip to the Cornerstone Theatre in Didcot to see A Christmas Carol.
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!
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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!
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.
Year 1 have made poppies to remember those that fought for peace.
Poppy sales raised £371.28 for the Royal British Legion.
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'.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
On 14th July a team of Year 5 children took part in a dodgeball competition at Theale Green. Fast-paced and action packed.
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!!
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!
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!!
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!!
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!
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!!
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.
On Monday 13th June Year 5 and 6 had an ancient visitor - they travelled back in time to the Egyptian and Greek periods.
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!
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!
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
Year 5 have been creating Ancient Greek theatrical masks. Can you tell the difference between comedy, tragedy, hero and mythical?
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!
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!
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.
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!
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 (www.classlist.com) for more answers. The PTA are more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have by emailing
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
On 29th March Year 1 enjoyed a fantastic day at Bucklebury Farm Park learning about all the farm animals. The visit included:
A great day the children learnt so much and had a lot of fun.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Year 5 have started carrying on their Sports Leaders Playmaker Award - the focus was on communication when leading.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Thursday10th March the Year 5/6 girls' football team had a great victory against Speenhamland. Well done all!
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!
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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.
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!