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 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.
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....
When I lead assembly (or ‘collective worship’ as correctly called) I look for an illustrative story, a picture, an artefact or analogy that the children can relate to easily. I want, like we do in lessons, to capture the attention and engage children in thought.
I hope that that idea resonates and stays with them. Then, when they see the prompt later, or remember the analogy, they also recall the teaching and learning point.
Well, at our last assembly of the year this morning the visual aid I used went and did a whole lot more than I expected or thought it would.
Throw out your action movies and your blockbuster digital cartoons. Pack away the games systems and the smart phones. All you need to get your child enraptured this holiday is a 31-minute film of the tide washing away a sandcastle.
The children ‘oohed’ and ‘ahhed’ at the film as I talked through the assembly, and the message I wanted to give.
And the message?
At the end of the summer term, and for 118 pupils the end of their time at our school, there can be many tears at what will be gone, done and they think lost.
But there is always the next adventure, the next opportunity, the start of something else; the new door that opens.
On Monday we had Tug of War, and considered the rope – the middle is easy to find, but where is the start of a rope, and where is the end? For every end is also a starting point.
The point of the sandcastle film was to illustrate that, once it has gone we can build again. But with the skills, knowledge and experience gained the next sandcastle may be better than the one just gone. We miss was has gone but welcome what is ahead.
We come, then, to the end of another school year, and 118 pupils leave us ready for Secondary School. We hope we have set them up properly so that they thrive and enjoy all that Year 7 will offer. We hope they will think fondly of us, but, in time, come to realise that these were the childhood years and the big adventures lie ahead.
Enjoy your summer, build a sandcastle, sit and watch it wash away. And go back the next day and build another.
We will be here in September, ready for 121 new pupils in Year 3, ready to build our own sandcastles.
Toast and Jam-boree
As well as being named and praised as the ‘Star of the Week’ from their class, 16 children a week get a certificate, a Gold Star, their photo on display (along with an explanation of the reason why they have been selected)and at the end of each half-term they get invited to a ‘Toast and Jam-boree’.
We held one this morning. For an hour we took over the lower playground. We had space-hoppers, bouncers, footballs, basketballs, rainbow scoops, table tennis, a sound system knocking out YMCA (and other classics), and treats to eat including toast, jam, lemon curd, chocolate spread and marmite, drinks and a final large tub of Celebrations left over from Christmas. We made sure that we had Gluten-free bread and spreads so all the children could enjoy the treats properly, of course.
It had a great atmosphere, with wonderful politeness: children thanked us for putting on something that was meant to thank them for their great behaviour, attitude, engagement and contributions, they helped pack away all the equipment and they left not one bit of mess behind.
It was, naturally, a fair bit of work for us in collecting the equipment and materials, getting it in place and setting up all in morning break ready to start, organising staffing and supervising all the toasting and spreading, playing and singing / dancing. It was also a perfect example of why it’s great being a teacher.
I had a lovely day, thanks, and so, I believe, did every child who joined us this morning.
The ‘BEST SCIENCE LESSON EVER’
Mr Sharrock, our Premises Manager, was standing next to me at the school gate at the end of school. He was having a good chuckle as he listened to one of our Year 4 children telling me, urgently and insistently, that she had just had the ‘BEST SCIENCE LESSON EVER!’
Apparently they had investigated and observed changing state through melting chocolate (at a very precise 350C), then reshaping it in to moulds, setting it solid again in the fridge and then testing it (by eating) to see if it was still chocolate. It was, she told me. A perfect example of why it’s great being a teacher.
I had a lovely day, thanks, and so, I believe, did every child in Year 4 science today.
Prospective Parents / Parents of Prospective Pupils
In my diary this afternoon I had an appointment with a couple who are checking out the local schools prior to applying for places. Very sensible of them to visit in the school day when the school (i.e. the people in it, and not the empty buildings) is open.
They were a bit surprised to find that I was showing them round, the Headteacher, but I’m really proud of my school and I like showing it off whenever I can. Normally this sort of thing lasts 30 minutes or so, but this was half one through to the end of the school day, because they wanted to see everywhere, everyone and everything and were obviously enjoying picking up the ethos / feel / atmosphere in school.
So we saw music and Spanish in Year 5, art, IT and science in Year 4, reading and spelling in Year 3, and PE and Forest Schools in Year 6. They saw playtime and the end of the day routine.
Their parting words were, oddly you might think, ‘See you in Court’. You see, they live out of ‘catchment’, but they were so impressed that they will, if needs be, use the Admissions Appeal process to try to secure places for their children. It makes me feel rather proud of all our school is that parents, with choice, will go through this to get their children into our school. A perfect example of why it’s great being a teacher.
I had a lovely day, thanks, and so, I believe, did all our visitors in school today.I hope you enjoy going to work as much as I did today.