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....
Let’s play ‘Only Connect’ – spot the link... Horn-ed Viper, you say?
For four points – Ronnie Barker?
For three points – Ronnie Barker and John Lennon?
For two points – Ronnie Barker, John Lennon and Stanley Unwin?
(Final clue at the bottom)
The Witches scene from Macbeth is the most quoted Shakespeare, apparently – all that ‘fire burn, and cauldron bubble’. No chance of it being ‘Pointless’, then.
I was treated this week when offered the chance to read re-workings by two Year 6 boys. (I know, boys writing! Amazing!). They discussed the original and their in-the-style-of work eloquently and with some real understanding. They had the rhythm just right, the syllabic pattern, the rhyme, the circular end / beginning. And they had well-thought out explanations for Shakespeare’s intent and word selection.
They told me how they had had to think really hard in order to understand some of the unfamiliar language, which is fair. I’m pleased with their resilience, for one thing.
In both pieces I saw examples of creative and original phrases and wording, a nod to Shakespeare’s record as the greatest individual inventor of new words in the English language.
The first had added to the brew, ’a piece of old oak bar’. I explored the words and tried to guess the intention – is the bar suggesting strength, like a steel bar, or perhaps or was it a section of a gate, door or barricade? Clearly the ‘old oak’ was referencing the traditional tree of England, and was perhaps a metaphorical use?
In the second I found, in the final chorus, ‘double, double, toil and rouble’. How politically aware is this kid? Is it a filmic reference to the frequent portrayal of Eastern Europeans as the ‘baddie’ in English language films? By sleight of hand has he deliberately placed an older spelling of the Russian currency in his evil brew to condemn that state's role in modern conflicts?
Clearly we have on our hands two writers who deserve a wider audience and encouragement in this field of cultural expression and invention.
And then I asked them what their intentions had been – was I right in any of my thoughts?
For one point - Ronnie Barker, John Lennon, Stanley Unwin and William Archibald (Dr) Spooner?
The connection is deliberate misspellings – Ronnie Barker wrote many ‘Two Ronnies’ scripts himself including the ultimate, ‘Four Candles / Fork Handles’ sketch. (Six minutes of pure, pure gold.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cz2-ukrd2VQ
John Lennon liked a play on words and a cheeky reinvention through misspelling – his second published book of poetry was ‘A Spaniard in the Works’. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xf2evb_john-lennon-the-wumberlog_creation
Stanley Unwin, of course, made a career out of getting words wrong. His mother hurt herself coming home one day because, she had "falolloped over and grazed her kneeclabbers". http://www.stanleyunwin.com/
And Dr Spooner has his own category of mixed up phrases in the self-named ‘Spoonerisms’. http://www.fun-with-words.com/spoonerisms.html
I’d perhaps awarded the lads a little too much respect, but they were gentle with me and terribly honest. They had intended, ‘old oak bark’, and ‘double, double, toil and trouble’, but spellchecker is a wonderful thing.
I can’t begin to tell you what they put when they meant to add to the infernal brew, ‘ squid's tentacles’, but did make me laugh and wince!