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 & 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.
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....
The Secretary of State for Education has announced the intention to make Relationships Education and, possibly, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education mandatory in all Primary schools.
The DfE has launched a consultation to ask for your views on how the content of the subjects and how the current guidance on sex education should be updated. Your comments will, says the DfE, be used to help the department ‘further refine their thinking and proposals’.
The Department for Education is first considering how to update the existing guidance which, was last updated in 2000. The new guidance will ‘support schools in delivering the new subjects of Relationships Education at primary (and Relationships and Sex Education at secondary), as well as, potentially, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)’.
Currently Sex education (also known as Sex and Relationship Education) is only compulsory in maintained secondary schools. Primary schools have to have a policy on the teaching of sex and relationships, but this policy may be to NOT teach it. Many do choose to teach it, but the picture is not consistent across the country. Academies and free schools are encouraged to teach it as part of a broad and balanced curriculum.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) is a non-compulsory subject in state-funded schools and can encompass many areas of study. All schools are encouraged to teach PSHE and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the national curriculum.
The decision to make Relationships Education compulsory was taken because children need support to navigate growing up in an increasingly complex and digital world. Whilst the internet is a mostly positive development in our lives, it does present significant challenges. With the visibility of social media, the prevalence of cyber-bullying and the risk that children learn about relationships from untrustworthy sources – the evidence was compelling that young people need support to make the right decisions and keep themselves safe and happy.
The consultation simply asks for your top three subject areas to be covered in each of Relations Education and PSHE.
You have until 12 February 2018 to give your views.
Around twenty five parents came along to an evening event around E-safety for their children and families yesterday.
Does that sound too many worried parents, or too few considering we have 481 children in school?
My experience tells me that 25 is actually a really good turn-out - as I have been to similar elsewhere and been able to run it in an office with just five comfy chairs.
We had some (slightly geeky, of course) Sheffield Hallam Students run us through Privacy Settings and Site Security features, that was really helpful, and some proper discussion.
Two key things emerged: education and relationships.
The whole community around our children has to educate them about the permanence of internet content (and texts and snap-chats and 'video' and instagram pictures) and the potential risks if we fail to 'zip it, flag it, block it'. We have E-safety weeks and days of events regularly to do just this.
And parents need that relationship with their children where the child feels comfortably able to tell their parents if they have experienced something they do not like, so that the adult can take necessary action.
Check the links elsewhere on our website for really useful information and support.