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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/dB), Miss Hayden (3RH), Mrs Holden (3SH) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Miss Mahon, Mr Bartholomew, Mrs Dawes and Miss Kania.

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 Mrs Drury in Y4JD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Mulqueen, Mrs Allen, Mrs Hill and Mr Gartrell. We have help from Ms Reasbeck, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too. 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 consists of: Mrs Loosley (5NL), Miss Cunningham (5EC),  Mrs Ridsdale and Mrs Webb (5W/R) and Mr Bradshaw (5BB).  The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mr Swain, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Hornsey and Mrs Allen. We have help from Mr Jones, Miss Lee, Ms Grimsley and Ms Reasbeck too. What a fantastic team!

Our PE days are Tuesday (indoor) and Wednesday (outdoor): the children need to wear their PE kits for school on those days. 

Spellings are sent home every Monday, to learn ready for a spelling dictation each Friday. 

Homework books (maths and SPaG) will be sent home once a week - the days will be decided by the class teachers who will let their classes know. They will have a whole week to complete the homework tasks. 

In our weekly blogs, the children will share some of the things they have been doing at school. Check in each weekend for the latest Y5 news!

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); Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (Y6R/J); Mrs Phillips (Y6CP); and Miss Norris (Y6HN). Also teaching in Year 6 are: Miss Lee (Thursday in Y6R/J); Mrs Farrell (Thursday  in Y6HN); Mrs Grimsley (Thursday in Y6CP); and Mr Jones (Thursday inY6S/W).We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Hill, Mrs Mulqueen and Mr Gartrell. 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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06 Jan 2016

Why it’s great being a teacher

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.


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.
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