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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/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.

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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 Ms Reasbeck and Mrs Drury in Y4RD. The children are also supported by our teaching assistants: Mrs Proctor, Mrs Cooper, Mrs Hornsey, Mr Jenkinson and Mrs Wolff. We have help from Mrs Farrell, Miss Lee and Mrs Grimsley too and some of the children are lucky enough to spend time in The Hub with Mrs Allen. 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 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

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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), 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....

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12 Oct 2018

Wear a coat, will you?

The topic for the next round table discussion and consultation group will be ‘adverse weather and school closures’. The date and time is on the school calendar and the event will be published like this week’s in the Newsletter and by email direct to parents. This was one of the items raised in the Governors ‘Feedback’ process and I wanted parents to have the chance to ask questions and for me to listen to opinion.

We can normally expect a few days and nights of ice and snow during the winter months and these days can lead to strange conflicts of opinion and action, and equal misunderstandings. We have managed to safely, comfortably and effectively stay open every day every winter for at least 12 years, and we do hope to extend this run or avoiding school closures.

At the meeting I’ll explain how and why.

We get some conflict because of absence coding, if a child is late those days or absent, and I’ll explain that, too.

We get confusion and conflict because we make a different decision to another school, despite being close neighbours – I’ll try to explain that one.

We have always managed to open at our normal time and to stay open all day each day. I will explain our approach and how we achieve this.

We are challenged each year by a few parents to make a bigger splash about being open, but I will explain why we do not broadcast that we are expecting to be open.

It was wet today (Friday 12th October), but we managed to go outside during both playtime and right through the lunch break. I did have to be quite firm with many children about putting a coat on, with some children needing to be told rather than asked, and a few needing to be told more than once. I find a coat doesn’t work if left in the cloakroom or worn round the waist. We want to promote resilience and good health, so we will go out, but will expect a coat to be worn. Please do not be surprised if we have to be firm in our insistence.

I would not accept that children were sent to school without a coat (especially when I had seen them arrive this morning wearing one!) These children were challenged and some were escorted to their cloakroom to get the coats.

A bit of adverse weather today did not stop us playing out, or some children 'trying it on'.
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20 Nov 2015

A Coat for All Seasons

Is Sheffield in ‘The North’?

As you drive up the M1 you know you’re going in the right direction because it says, in big lettering, ‘The North’. And you feel much closer to home as soon as it says, for the first time, ‘Sheffield’ on the list of destinations.

If you go further north, up to Newcastle, you can see the Friday night phenomena which is Northern girls going out without a coat. Up there, coats are for funerals only.

Stuart Maconie wrote an entire book in an attempt to define where ‘The North’ began, and he settled on Crewe.

I think our playgrounds must somehow be part of a northern enclave, and southerly outcrop of Newcastle, because it does not matter the weather, we have playgrounds full of children wearing no coat. It rained, and it blew, and it had a chill-factor alright, but the children were stubbornly coat-refusniks.

Perhaps Nick Clegg was right the other winter when he described Crosspool and Fulwood as ‘being at altitude’, and our children are simply made of sturdy stuff. If it’s okay with everyone, we’ll keep on suggesting wearing the coat (and hat and gloves) and we’ll then be able to keep on taking outdoor playtimes and lunchtimes.

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