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....
(Not quite) The End of Term
Just below you will find a link to the Zoom recording of our final assembly of the year, distributed, accessed and recorded via Zoom, and compressed via Google Drive. The mucks ups are entirely me; the assembly starts after about 30 minutes and the final conversation is unscripted, shall we say – someone came to tell me how it went and find out what went wrong in the middle! I've left in all the delays, all the waiting, all the 'mis-speaking', all the moments where I forgot to 'share screen' and when the telephone rang on my desk!
I’ve a lot to learn in order to become more effective and efficient at this. We need to be more organisationally resilient by the time we start back in September, so that we can be both ‘COVID-19 Safe’ and operating fully (and ready in case of further interruptions).
I need to learn how to confidently swap and share screens, how to control sound levels (and my own voice), how to edit recordings, compress and distribute them, how to select and change backgrounds, how to increase active viewer engagement, how to enable every class to see and be seen, how to make explicit the start and end, and transitions from ‘collective worship’ to ‘assembly’.
I’m no ‘Silver Surfer’, but neither am I a ‘techno-phobe’; my IT skills are probably somewhere in the middle. I earned a ‘Teachers Diploma in Information Technology: Skills and Management’ with Nottingham University way back in the very late 90s but we all know that the rate of change is exponential and what was cutting-edge then is in a museum now (see the National Videogame Museum in Sheffield for evidence of this!).
It has not been the normal end to the year, and perhaps we all have to learn to accept that it is what it is. The children have once again proved themselves to be immense. Staff have carried themselves wonderfully well during every test and trial and stress. Parents have been supportive even when questioning. Our Year 6 pupils are as ready as they possibly could be for Secondary School. It is a job well done, and we look forward to progressing next term.
We hope to see you all then, if not before.