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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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16 Sep 2016

Mnemonics, Acronyms and Learning how to spell ‘tricky words’

For me it’s ‘guarantee’ and ‘liaise’, and 'diarrhoea' – I always want to put an ‘e’ in the middle of ‘guarantee’ instead of the ‘a’, and I struggle to place both ‘i’ in ‘liaise’. And 'diarrhoea' makes all of us want to use a four-letter word instead. Spellcheck is often of no use.

After you‘ve mastered synthetic phonics there will still be words that don’t work that way. Some have to be learnt using graphemes, knowledge of word roots, families of words, alternative pronunciation / phoneme and so on. We use, as do many schools, handwriting to support the learning of some spelling patterns (it’s known as a ‘hand for spelling’).

The use of mnemonics (‘Oh yUo Lucky Duck’ to remember the pattern ‘ould’ in could, and should, and would) and acronyms is an established method for those ‘tricky words’. However, there is an oft repeated fault or missed opportunity with the majority use of the method. Many a child (and adult) will say, ‘Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants’ as a way to remember the spelling of ‘because’. The fault, as I see it, of the method is that there is nothing to remind the child that they are using a prompt for the word ‘because’ – they have to know the first letter or ‘sound’.

I think the method is even better and more effective if the mnemonic starts with the word being spelt out – so to remember ‘because’ you might say, ‘BECAUSE Eleven Coats And Umbrellas Seem Effective’ or ‘BECAUSE Elephants Cope And Usually Seem Energetic’. Say the word you want to spell and it starts you going with the mnemonic itself.

I’m not actually sure that it is the mnemonic that is assisting with the learning, but the build-up to it. It needs quite a bit of thinking about to come up with even a silly, if grammatically correct, sentence or phrase. It needs a lot of looking at and checking you have all the right letters in the right order. You have to repeat it a few times to get the phrase down off pat. You have to look again. People ask you to repeat it because it sounds such fun. They have a go and hearing their versions triggers the letter pattern in your head. We generally call this ‘over-learning’ or rote.

Anyway, diarrhoea – ‘DIARRHOEA Is A Really Rather Horrible Openly Evacuating Anus’

Liaise – LIAISE In An Italian Secret Escape

Guarantee – GUARANTEEs Aren’t Usually Read And Never Treat Employees Equally

Can you make some to help remember which / witch goes where / were / wear and whether / weather  their / there / they’re is right?
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