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 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Mrs Finney (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Proctor, Mrs Hill, Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mr Gartrell.
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 Loosley (5NL), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Mrs Webb and Mrs Ridsdale (5WR) and Miss Cunningham (5EC). Many children are supported by Mrs Hill, Mr Swain and Ms Kania (the Year 5 Teaching 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 Shaw and Mrs Watkinson (Y6S/W), Mr Bradshaw (until Mrs Parker returns) in Y6AP), Mrs Phillips (Y6CP) and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 is Miss Lee (Monday - Y6AP, Tuesday - Y6HN and Wednesday - Y6S/W) and Mrs Grimsley (Tuesday -Y6CP).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth and Mrs Biggs. 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....
I will try to tie together these two seemingly disconnected sub-stories, with one common theme.
Last night, as I waited in my local supermarket to be directed to a till, I noticed a shelf-stacker’s trolley on my right hand side. On it were brown paper bags, and on each was a handwritten price. Reading the sign on the trolley, I discovered that this was a simple way of collecting, paying for, and depositing contributions for one of the city’s Food Banks. You picked a bag, it was scanned at the till, and after paying you just walked a cross to a collection point beyond the tills and left the bag.
Sheffield Food Banks has become one of my charities of choice in the last few weeks; I cannot live comfortably when I know that (last week) one household in every one hundred in Sheffield relied on a Food Bank to feed themselves, not when I could afford fennel, basil, plums, strawberries, ‘selected nuts’ and the rest of my shopping with such financial ease.
I was tired, hot and hungry as I shopped, nearing the end of another difficult day, but here I was - able to easily help. I scooped into my trolley as many of those brown paper bags as I could lift as I reminded myself of that truth that we are well off, and probably better off than we think.
I got to spend twenty minutes or so with one of our new ‘bubbles’ this morning as they had been talking about their experience so far, had an idea and had written to me. I wanted to go and chat with them about their complaint and ideas.
What they were saying was that they felt rushed by us when eating their lunch and weren’t getting enough time to play out afterwards. Lunchtime, they said, was not long enough and as Year 6 got longer it wasn’t fair.
I told them how it is at two neighbouring schools where the children in ‘bubbles’ are eating in their classrooms and staying there all lunchtime every day (and we use the dining room in very small numbers then play out for 35 minutes, on one or other playground, or out on the field). I told them how, at one of those schools, the children are getting one 10 minute outdoor playtime each day (and we still, by stagger, get two f 15 minutes each). I asked them to think about how things are when we have 480 pupils in school – the hall is packed, and loud and pressured. I got them to think about how rushed they are then, and how relaxed they are this week. I told them about the typical Y5 boy with a packed lunch who wolfs it in 4 minutes to get out to play football - and the 13 minutes they take now being luxury. We talked about eating the fridge and how much bigger their lunches are now than they used to be before spending twelve weeks at home.
They agreed, after we’d laughed about cakes and biscuits and snacking, that maybe we had it really good already.
We can, in wanting better or bigger or newer or more, forget that what we have is a good deal, and that what we have is oftentimes a much better thing than others may be enjoying.
We are operating in school in ways that protect pupils, families, staff and the wider community, but we are not forgetting to make the experience of being in school a really good quality, and we are not forgetting those who are not getting this experience at all. Yes, we’d like this to be better – but we want that to be much better, too.