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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 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.

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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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10 Apr 2020

Mere semantics?

One subtle change eagle-eyed parents might pick up on next week is the subtle change in language to describe what schools provide for children (with adult support) to do while schools ar e closed and the child is cared for at home.

National data shows that 97% of pupils are not at school, despite nearly 10% or adults being ‘key workers’. At our school we have about 6% of pupils attending.

Though school is closed we all (well, all the adults at any rate) want to see children continuing to learn. We know (because maths tells us) that children’s attainment takes a backward step during the long simmer holiday. If (and I have no extra knowledge on this despite being a Headteacher) schools stay shut from March right through to September (or later) then children will have missed four months of school and then had another six weeks of holiday time – no formal teaching and learning for five and a half months. There will be a huge drop-off in knowledge, skills and everything else we develop in school, we might assume. So we want to keep children doing something positive in the meantime.

We of course recognise the variation there is bound to be across the range of families we have – some will do lots, some will do little, and some will do next to none. The guidance on who should attend school provision at this time does not place those ‘next to none’ children in the vulnerable group who can be invited into school. They may simply fall behind.

Guidance and direction for schools does not make it a requirement that we provide distance learning. There are many details about safeguarding and online safety, but there is no direction or suggestion about quantity, duration or nature of what schools might send out to families to support learning at home. So we could send none and be within the margin of error! Some schools may well be streaming lessons from teachers. Some will be providing detailed learning through online platforms. Some will be giving weblinks and using platforms for two-way communication.

Some parents are experiencing the Facebook boasting phenomena and feeling lesser by comparison, and yet others would like us to provide still more than we do already.

Those parents who are ‘working from home’ will find it difficult, to say the least, to do both well. How do they give both their work and their child’s learning sufficient attention? The answer is probably that they simply cannot.

So, this change in language. People, both in schools and at home, have talked about ‘home schooling’ for the last three weeks. Except they have not been doing this at all. They have had two weeks of school holiday, and I do wish that that was noticed – the children should have just had time off. And the one other week was not it either. ‘Home Schooling’ is actually where parents choose not to take up their right to access a formal school place for their child and they educate at home. Around 60,000 children are currently ‘educated at home’ in England. There is a process of checks to ensure safety and safeguarding, but no formal curriculum exists, no assessments are required, no terms are fixed. It is supposed to educate, but it is the parent’s choice how and when and what.

The current situation has not been a choice for a single parent. Children are not being ‘home schooled’ and are not taking part in ‘education at home’ in that formally defined way, but maybe they should adopt more of that freedom to choose.

We are being directed in Sheffield to use the phrase ‘learning at home’. The parents are likely not teachers. Homes are not schools. Households do not offer the same range of opportunities. The same chances to learn social skills do not exist in social distancing.

We will continue to offer some suggestions that we hope will keep children ticking over, help keep them edu-tained, and help parents fill the days for their children. But we will make neither insistence nor any assumptions about involvement, coverage or quality of learning.

Days at school for those few attending no not look too much like school either. Children at home are not missing out on formal education and are not falling behind in curriculum coverage. Do not fret or panic or stress if your child is not doing six hours a day; most likely few are. We will return to offering ideas for ‘learning at home’ on Tuesday next week.

Stay safe.