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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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04 Mar 2017

The Big Sleep Deficit

Sleep issues are something in the zeitgeist. The mental health audit we had carried out last year showed sleep to be the second highest area of concern for children (27% of respondents). The BBC has, last month, run a series of programmes and spots on the subject across all its platforms. NHS data shows that the number of children presented with sleep disorders at hospitals across England has tripled in the last three years. Teacher Unions have taken up the issue and been advising members how they can support children and families. Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital has its own specialist sleep service and this has seen a ten-fold increase in referrals over the last ten years (the fifth highest referral rate in the country). There are even dedicated charities concerned with sleep disorders within the third sector, such as the National Sleep Foundation, British Snoring (I kid you not), and the Children’s Sleep Charity.

The need for quality sleep is obvious in part, and seriously physiological and neurological in part. Sleep is an active period in which a lot of important processing, restoration, and strengthening occurs. Our bodies all require long periods of sleep in order to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and synthesize hormones.

Children aged 7 to 11 need around 10 to 10.5 hours sleep a night to be fully rested, fully restored, fully fit for the next day.

On residential visits with groups, whether from school or Scouts, I used to tell children, at the noisy bedtime, that they simply needed to lie down, be quiet and close their eyes in order to go to sleep. Easily said, but look at the advice based on modern living and we see that this is not a bad suggestion:

  • Have a bedtime routine and timetable, and stick to it all week,
  • Have a relaxing bedtime ritual, away from bright lights and excitement,
  • Avoid napping in the daytime,
  • Exercise daily,
  • Keep the bedroom a bedroom, quiet and dark, and keep it cool,
  • Have a comfortable mattress and pillow(s),
  • Wind down before bedtime,
  • Avoid heavy meals in the evening.

Parents are advised to remove children’s gadgets at least an hour before bedtime and not allow them in the bedroom – the phone, the tablets and the games consoles. They should make sure that activities do not go on too late in the evening – children can be doing too much. And parents, of course, need to regulate food and drink consumption of their children to limit caffeine and sugar intakes.

As always, it’s a difficult balance – we want our children to be active and involved, to join us in events, and to be growing up, but getting them to bed, and limiting their access to some things may be exactly what they need in order to be their most healthy and strong.

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.

(Homer, the ancient Greek, not the cartoon character)

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