The Headteacher's Blog
Welcome to Lydgate Junior School.
We aim to ensure that all children receive a high quality, enjoyable and exciting education.
We feel that our school is a true reflection of the community we serve. Lydgate children are well motivated and come from a range of social and cultural backgrounds. Within the school community we appreciate the richness of experience that the children bring to school. This enhances the learning experiences of everyone and it also gives all pupils the opportunity to develop respect and tolerance for each other by working and playing together. We want your child's time at Lydgate to be memorable for the right reasons - that is, a happy, fulfilling and successful period of his/her childhood.
Welcome to Year 3!
The Y3 Team includes Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Roberts & Mrs Noble (3AR). We have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain. Mrs Proctor, one of our regular volunteers, also helps out in all four classes.
We will use this blog to keep you up-to-date with all the exciting things that we do in Year 3, share some of the things that the children learn and show you some of their fantastic work. We hope you enjoy reading it!
The Y3 team.
Welcome to the Year 5 Blog page.
The Year 5 teaching team includes our class teachers, Mrs Parker (5AP), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Miss Reasbeck and Mrs Ridsdale (5RR) and Mrs Holden (5SH). . Many children are supported by Mrs Hill and Mrs Allen (the Year 5Teaching Assistants) who work with children across the 4 classes. Our Year 5 teaching team aims to create a stimulating learning environment that is safe, happy, exciting and challenging, where each pupil is encouraged to achieve their full potential.
As a parent or carer, you play a massively important role in your child's development and we'd love to work closely with you. Please feel free to make an appointment to see us if you want to discuss your child's attitude to learning, their progress, attainment or anything else that might be on your mind. We'd also love to hear from you if you have any skills that we could use to make our Year 5 curriculum even more exciting. Are you an avid reader, a talented sportsman, a budding artist, a mad scientist or a natural mathematician? Would you be willing to listen to children read on a regular basis? If so, please contact your child’s class teacher. Similarly, if you have a good idea, a resource, a 'contact' or any other way of supporting our learning in year 5, please let us know.
We are working very hard to ensure your child has a successful year 5, please help us with this by ensuring your child completes and returns any homework they are given each week. If there are any issues regarding homework or your child finds a particular piece of homework challenging, then please do not hesitate to come and speak to us. In order to help improve your child’s reading skills, increase their vocabulary and develop their comprehension skills, we also ask that you listen to your child read and ask them questions to ensure they have understood what they have read.
We look forward to keeping you up to date on the exciting things that we do in year 5 through our year group blog.
The Year 5 Team
We are the children in Y6 at Lydgate Junior School. There are 120 of us and our teachers are: Mrs Purdom, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Loosley and Mrs Wymer. Our Monday and Thursday morning teachers are Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mr Jones.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Biggs and Mrs Dawes. We use this space to share all of the great things that are happening in our classrooms. Join us each week on our learning journey....
This week, as every parent of a Year 6 child will know, was end of key stage 2 test week.
(While it is commonly known as ‘SATs Week’ they have never been formally called this – they are, properly, End of Key Stage Assessments, or EoKSA.)
I’d like to praise my pick as Star of the Week.
I know that children can get a bit fearful, and worry a bit about questions they got wrong or how well they have done, but generally they handle the process really well. The children have been prepared proportionately and had a very healthy diet of everything but tests in the months and weeks leading up to this point.
Every child who has given their best deserves credit, and I know they will want to take pride in their individual outcomes when they come back to us in July.
But here’s the amazing story. Out of 122 pupils in Year 6 just one was absent on Monday morning when they were due to start the tests with grammar, punctuation and spelling. (That’s attendance above 99%, showing that any ‘anxiety’ was overcome by resilience and determination and good preparation.) The same pupil was also off on Tuesday and so had missed the whole set of English papers as Reading was on Tuesday morning.
That could have been it, except when she came back to school on Wednesday she not only wanted to do that day’s maths tests (Arithmetic and Reasoning paper 1) but also catch up on the missed English tests.
I applied for her to sit the tests later in the week and so she did them all, finishing this morning (Friday) a single day after everyone else in the year group. (In fact pupils can do the tests up to five school days late under certain circumstances and with permission from the appropriate body.)
She smiled all the way through and I expect she will have done very well indeed. She finished the last test with 20 minutes spare!
I really, really hope she gets results that make her very proud, because she did show an fabulous attitude in sitting tests that she did not have to and that we did not require her to take.
Well done all – all 700,000 Year 6 pupils across the country who took the tests this week. I hope you all take pride in your many achievements.
As usual, a bit of a long day.
The School day started at just after 7:30 when children starting arriving for Fencing Club.
I’ve just arrived home with the 10 o’clock news on the radio after helping with the cleaning up after FOLA’s BBQ event.
I don’t think we could make any fuller use of the school and site than the 14 hours we were in business today.
Within the day we also had a teacher trainee visitor, various volunteers, card club, an open invitation to see the latest whole school art on display at both ends of the day, coding, STEM and Cooking clubs, a parent assembly from a Year 4 class. There was the usual full range of lessons, of course, with PE from the start of the day and a slice of cooking for a group of Year 5 children.
The BBQ wasn’t, perhaps, quite as busy as last year, but it was still a massive success. I truly do not mean the income for FOLA that will find its way to support school and its activities. The success, for me, is the community support it provides. It’s great to see friends and families just spending comfortable, relaxed time together. We had plenty of visitors who have children that will start with us in September – it was a chance to ‘check us out’ in advance, I guess, and they were welcome, too. There was a small group still standing, talking, when we had finished the tidy-up, and they were clearly feeling at home and unhurried. That’s nice.
So whether you came or not, sent in or spent up, helped or happily took part, promoted or provided, thank you for making a great event.
We take our responsibilities seriously, and we operate in the context we find ourselves. We are funded as we are, and we have the site and premises we have. One restricts what we can do about the other.
This week’s gem was the annual tree survey report.
Being blessed with a green, leafy, wooded site it is necessary for us to have that report and to take recommended actions. There are more than 50 mature trees, including ash, Lucombe oak, beech and Corsican pine as well as much younger fruit trees. The report tells us about each tree’s condition, life expectancy, bat habitat potential, priority for work, trunk diameter and recommended works.
The whole school loves working in the wood, and other trees around the site provide interest, shade, food, and a variety of habitats.
The report has warned us that one of the mature trees, at the top of the site, is an ash and appears to be suffering from Chalara ash dieback. We may have to have it felled following a further check at the point where it should be on full leaf. Because of its position, close to one of the mobile classrooms, any works will need a lot of machinery, including possible crane, ‘cherry-picker’ or scaffold support.
Safety first, of course, and the tree will have to go, but not surprisingly we haven’t included anything in the budget for this!
I do like a puzzle, and I do love the bbc. I'm not one for Radio 4 myself, but in searching for one thing on the bbc website I came across the Today programme's Puzzles for Today page.
They're really good, but have left me disagreeing with some answers and having some heated debate about the precise interpretation of the questions.
If you have run out of revision tasks you might like to have a go at a few:
It was thought for quite a while that puzzles kept the brain active and could delay the onset of dementia. More recent research makes a subtle distinction. Brain Gym, Brain Training and Puzzling (things like crosswords and Sudoku) cannot prevent dementia, it is now thought, but such activities help build up the brain's ability to cope with disease.
Many of the tests pupils will take in their school career will require recall, but that is only one aspect of learning. More important, I would agree, is the ability to reason, think and argue. The puzzles on the Today pages really make you do that. Give them a go!
Friday was a sunny day, and so break duty was never going to be a chore. But it became a joy as soon as I sat at a picnic table with some Year 4 pupils. About ten gathered round.
They told me they had been playing, ‘Would You Rather’ in class, so we had a go, too.
Turns out that they’d rather wash their hair in custard than wash their feet in baked beans.
And they’d rather have fingers on their feet than have toes on their hands.
And if forced to choose, it would be no hair rather than no clothes.
Fifteen minutes passed by so quickly, in laughter and chatter.
I love being a teacher.