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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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07 Mar 2020

Never Mind The Quality - feel the width

It might be tempting, in a school as busy as ours, to be distracted by the very breadth and frequency of what we offer and then to judge us on that alone.

I have many times before written about our ‘ordinary’ weeks and the incredible things we have organised and offered. We sometimes, it seems, forget that the regular offerings are not so regular in all schools and are certainly not part of any guarantee. There is not a week that goes by that does contain something different – I literally find myself laughing at what we put on at times.

The last five school days were no different to this picture of everyday normality at Lydgate Junior School – there were children who are not the best swimmers perhaps out at Ponds Forge for an ‘AquaFest’ all paid for by PE & Sports Premium. We had assemblies led by Reverend Nockles, where she daubed the Headteacher with ashes as she told the children about Ash Wednesday reminding people about their own limited life-span. There was a School Council meeting, with a pupil representative form each class. A Speech and Language specialist came in to work with a couple of pupils. Our Year 6 Leader went to one of the neighbouring Secondary Schools to start the transition process for children moving on in September. World Book Day saw children dressed up, books on sale, free book tokens exchanged, a book swap in full-flow, outdoor learning on a treasure hunt, and parents visiting our new library. A Year 4 class used the wood. FOLA hosted a second hand uniform sale after school. Year 5 pupils, all of them, went to the City Hall for a Halle Orchestra concert and Year 6 went to Birkdale School for a performance of Les Miserables. I attended two Admission Appeals at the Town Hall (and lost both – see next week’s blog). Three pupils went to Lydgate Park as part of their School Council work. Parents attended SEN reviews with our SENCO and the class teacher (and admin support). Taylor Shaw area manager visited to review changes and improvements made recently to service, and to update on plans. Fairly normal activities, but on top of the usual lessons and extra-curricular range.

As I say, we could then confuse the level of activity (width) with the impact of that activity (quality).

The children who went swimming were deliberately chosen. Rev.Nockles helps us build community links. School Council listens to children and helps them feel listened to in school. Individual needs are met. Smooth movement is ensured. Literacy is promoted successfully. Active and outdoor learning promotes engagement. Parents are involved usefully in school. We have a positive environmental impact. Children enjoy a vastly rich culture, and we do not take anything for granted, assuming all our pupils do this outside school. Activities are (sometimes) provided totally for free. Developments are sustained. Parents are listened to and are provided with good quality information.

I think we provide both quality and width – massive provision, all of good quality.