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 Team includes Mrs Dutton & Mrs de Brouwer (3D/deB), Miss Cunningham (3EC), Mrs Webb & Mrs Watkinson (3W/W) and Miss Roberts & Mrs Noble (3AR). We have three Teaching Assistants who work with small groups and help across the four classes: Mrs Dale, Ms Kania and Mr Swain. Mrs Proctor, one of our regular volunteers, also helps out in all four classes.
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 Parker (5AP), Mrs Rougvie and Mrs Jones (5RJ), Miss Reasbeck and Mrs Ridsdale (5RR) and Mrs Holden (5SH). . Many children are supported by Mrs Hill and Mrs Allen (the Year 5Teaching 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 Purdom, Mrs Phillips, Mrs Loosley and Mrs Wymer. Our Monday and Thursday morning teachers are Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mr Jones.We are also very lucky to be helped by Mrs Ainsworth, Mrs Cooper, Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Biggs and Mrs Dawes. 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....
As anyone who has watched The Big Bang Theory (E4, just about every evening) will know, Dr. Cooper has a thing with labelling stuff, including his label-maker. https://www.flickr.com/photos/mattcornock/9069083283/
We have a label-maker, too. In fact, ours pre-dates his. It was in a drawer, labelled ‘label-maker’, obviously.
While I was off work this week for a couple of days someone learnt how to use it and set about labelling a few things – so far I have spotted, ‘Heads Door’, Heads Door Handle’, ‘Heads Desk’, ‘Heads Table’, ‘Heads Filing Cabinet’, ‘Heads Clock’, ‘Heads Computer Screen’, ‘Heads Tea Mug’, and one on a piece of paper that says, ‘Missing Apostrophe’.
I am not outraged, nor upset, nor baffled, nor disappointed, nor worried at any of this, because it does not show disrespect or waste. It may well show some silliness, but it also shows, in great measure, wit and intelligence, spirit and morale, creativity and thoroughness, and a recognition that the school has a Headteacher who can laugh and likes to do just that.
I wrote a blog a short while back about looking after the healthy minds and hearts of my staff, so that they are in turn healthier, stronger and better able to look after the children in their care. I reckon the laughs they got in setting this up on Friday, and the laughs they will get each time I discover another label (there will be a ‘Heads Pen’ and a ‘Heads Hole-punch’), are part of that process. We aim to be a healthy school, a whole healthy school, in minds and bodies and spirits.
I’ll check the label-maker on Monday to see if it is now labelled.
Anyone who needs things sorting, classifying and labelling – we can probably loan out some staffing and equipment.
Don’t they know the Queen’s English?
To which an acceptable, though ignorant, answer would be, ‘Is she?’
The use of apostrophes to indicate contractions or omission is now in the English curriculum for Year 2 – that’s before our school even starts. And, to meet the national standard for Y2, children have to be, 'spelling some words with contracted forms'.
No problem – just get children to speak fully, correct sentences without any informal form of a word or words, then compare with the contracted, informal variety. Add apostrophes accordingly.
Except Costa Coffee in Broomhill has this sign on display in the front window:
It’s been there for a couple of years now.
And Iceland in Hillsborough is displaying this sign:
Same word, same misuse, same mistake. The copywriters or sign-writers both fail to meet the (interim) teacher assessment standard for the end of Key Stage 1, if (un)til is in their list, and certainly fail to meet the standard for end of Key Stage 2. You will only be ‘working towards ‘ the Y6 Standard if you are, ‘using capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas for lists and apostrophes for contraction mostly correctly’.
And if you’re not sure what I am talking about – do they mean that the shop till is not open on time? That the till will be open later than usual? No, they mean that the shop will be open until late on. That would be ‘Open ‘til late’.
So I could become all, ‘Mr. Pedantic from Peterborough’, but that is not what good teachers do. Instead, we use these examples with our pupils and ask them to work out what is wrong. This improves their own reading, spelling and punctuation.
I just hope neither sign was written, approved, printed or hung by one of my former pupils.