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 & Miss Roberts (3N/R) and Miss Wall (3AW). We have three Teaching Assistants who work within the team: Mrs Allen, Mrs Dawes and Mrs Proctor.
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....
Here’s the thing:
Should I, a week on Friday, teach my regular class all day, attend a ‘Locality’ Headteacher meeting or be released from class in order to escort Nick Clegg MP on a tour of the buildings and site?
I mean to ‘walk the talk’, as they say, and put my words into practice. So when I want my staff to be committed to their job then I obviously have to be that, too. I want every class teacher and every teaching assistant to enjoy working with children, and to be as engaged in the process as we want our pupils to be. I obviously have to be that, too.
As you may know, we have changed around some of the teacher placements from after the Easter holidays; six classes will be affected in total. Part of that change sees me swapping PPA work in Years 3 & 5 for a day each week in Y3D/D – I’ll be teaching them all day every Friday. Some parents have been quite worried about possible disruption and loss of continuity because of these changes. It’s pretty obvious that this is something we want to avoid and are taking steps to reduce any negative / step up any possible positive impact. Personally, I want to commit to my Fridays at least as much as I did to the parts I taught earlier in the year. The class deserve my devotion to their learning as I expect commitment and engagement from them. As a week on Friday will be only the second of the term I really should be there to teach the class.
Local Authorities are gradually being dismantled and local arrangements, whether through ‘Learning Partnerships’, ‘Federations’ or ‘Multi-Academy Trusts’, put in their place. Our Locality (from Sheaf to Rivelin) meets just once per half term, and this next meeting, a week on Friday, will discuss plans for high needs SEN support (and its funding). As we could lose up to £23,500 through the changes proposed it really is an important one to attend. It’s also the route by which schools get briefed on many developments, and where networks are developed. As it is only one of two meetings this term I really should be there, or my Deputy in my place. To attend costs supply cover and to not go costs potential loss of income through not knowing the system.
Our Deputy Headteacher is also teaching that day, covering for a colleague so we save supply costs and provide quality and continuity of provision, so she cannot simply attend on my place.
Mr Clegg is paying us a return visit: he was last here to open the slide and tour the site to see what amazing things a school can do with limited space but a creative mind. As a constituency MP who is very active in Parliament, his constituency work is almost always conducted on Fridays.
This time we have invited him to come and see the state of our buildings and site, to try to get his support for additional premises improvement funding. You may know of roof leaks, power outages, the lack of full coverage in our fire alarm system, site security issues, deterioration of mobile classrooms, the difficulty faced by disabled visitors to the site in accessing the main building, the difficulties in teaching in open-plan spaces, signage deficiencies, and so on and so on. We are not considered a priority for additionally funded works for many reasons – one of which is that our buildings are not the worst around, a reason that does not reduce the needs of our building. Mr Clegg is our local MP, the former Deputy Prime Minister, and his voice and support might be very helpful. Purely out of respect for the position he holds, I really should be there to show him round (along with premises staff in school).
And there’s the problem: I should do all three of these things. The day of the week for all three is Friday, and none is movable. All three need to happen. We want to avoid supply teacher costs wherever we can. We want support in finding premises improvement funding. We want to access the best provision to support pupils with ‘high needs’. We want to demonstrate our commitment to teaching every single day.
The options are very limited: Mrs. Dutton (of Y3D/D) doesn’t work on Fridays so she cannot step in for me for a while. The HLTAs are teaching other classes and do not work Friday afternoons. Mrs. Farrell (DHT) is teaching elsewhere in school. We have no 'spare' teacher complement to provide cover for me or Mrs. Farrell. Mrs. Buck (Finance Officer), who invited Mr. Clegg to visit school, has retired and so won’t be here to show him round. And whichever I choose not to do, it sends a signal that I think that aspect of my work and responsibility is less important or not important at all. This is one subtle impact of budget constraints, and shows what we are doing so as to avoid yet further staff reductions.
So which do I do?
I’ve set up a one-question survey, if you’d like to suggest what I should choose to do a week on Friday. Click on the link below:
(I’ve not given a ‘Boaty McBoatface’ option; sorry.)