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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.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Jones

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Welcome to Year 3!

The Y3 teachers are Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Mrs Holden (3SH), Mrs Noble & Miss Roberts (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mrs Proctor.

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.

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Welcome to the Y4 blog. 

The Y4 team consists of the following teachers: Mrs Purdom in Y4JP, Mrs Smith and Mrs Smith (yes, that's right) in Y4SS, Mrs Wymer in Y4CW and Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. What a team!

We know that the question children are mostly asked when they arrive home is 'What did you do today?' The response is often 'nothing'! Well, here is where you can find out what 'nothing' looks like. In our weekly blogs your children will share with you what they have been getting up to and show some of the wonderful work they have been doing. Check in each weekend for our latest news.

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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

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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....

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11 Jan 2020

Eggs are not the only fruit

I called in on Cooking Club after school. They were just pouring their cake mix (Chocolate and Raspberry Cake) into the baking trays when I arrived.

I offered to lick out the bowls, but being as health conscious as they are the children themselves warned me about the inherent risk of food poisoning from eating uncooked eggs.

Now the activity leaders and I know that the Food Standards Agency advice on eggs has been updated recently, and is that they can, once again, be considered salmonella free and safe to eat soft boiled or even raw!

Since 4:30 I have been trying to think of a way to use this as an analogy for some part of education policy shift, and all I can come up with is the movement suggested in Ofsted’s Inspection of schools previously judged to be Outstanding.

It appears that these schools, up to 2,000 of them, some not Inspected since 2006, will soon face the prospect of a visit once every five years, just like the rest of schools. And a jolly good thing too, I say. It is patently obvious that many of these schools will still be performing really well, but some will have changed significantly in that period and will now need support and direction from external sources to return to their previous effectiveness.

We have also seen this week a suggestion by no less than the head of Ofsted that the organisation should stop ‘inspecting’ schools that are struggling to improve (they more have had successive poor or low Inspection outcomes over a number of years) and instead try supporting them.

You see, the similarity is that policy changes in all areas over time. Eggs were good, uncooked eggs were bad, and now uncooked eggs are good again.

Very, very few schools were once upon a time inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Schools, then all schools were Inspected, then only those not Outstanding were Inspected, now all schools will be Inspected again.

What I actually would like to see matches something I was told by a now retired Deputy Head in Doncaster. Ofsted, he said, is about proving not improving. For those schools in the most difficult circumstances, where, try as they might over years and years, they cannot overcome all the difficulties of community and context, Ofsted should be a long-term dedicated partner in school development and not the bearer of a big stick. Let’s have an Inspection regime that actually suggests how to change things around and stays around long enough to help it happen, perhaps shaping Government policy to help these schools and communities, rather than jumping in, wielding a big stick and running off with little responsibility.

Back when I was Student Union President, I did use a free range egg as a visual aid in a ‘Welcome to Sheffield City Polytechnic’ speech to new first year students on each of the then five sites of the Poly. I described how the exterior and badging of the egg could only tell you so much. To really appreciate all the egg had to offer you had to crack it open and get stuck in. The same, I said, applied to the Student Union movement and services. Eggs make good analogies, but I’m not sure cake mix does in this case.