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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 several Teaching Assistants who work with Y3 children at different times through the week: Mr Jenkinson, Mrs Proctor, Mrs Hill, 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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24 Jul 2020

The holiday starts, and school does not sleep

School may have closed for pupils a week ago (Friday 17th July), but we actually still had to days of school term left.

On Monday staff accompanied six 'bubbles' of Year 6 pupils on visits to their chosen and allocated Secondary School, Tapton School, so that they could familiarise themselves with the buildings and floors ahead of their formal start this coming September. It was a strange business to be honest, with many of the children not having been at school physically since the end of March, but it was great to see hem, and to build a picture of their resilience and strength of character and purpose.

Though only three teachers (two class worth) are moving year group for September, another couple are moving classroom and a new member of the team will be joining us. All of them have been in this week, for discussions and removals and planning and setting up and putting up displays and so on; the sort of thing they simply could not do with the children in school the week before and the sort of thing that has to be ready for when the first child arrives on Tuesday 1st September. (I say that date because we are hosting a transition visit, like Tapton did for us, for our own 'new starters' before anyone else is here - our new Y3s are invited for a couple of hours that day.)

Then there were teachers in resetting their classrooms ready for full attendance on the first day with children in the new term. We have had 'only' 15 children in each 'bubble' during the last half term, and we are to reset to 30 plus. Furniture we'd moved out has to come back, tables need rearranging (spread, but all facing forward), all the chairs using, resources sorting once again, trays labeling and locating to minimise movement, and so on. (In some real ways it cuts against what we usually look to promote in terms of independence, as we will be trying to reduce movement in the classroom by providing everything ourselves.)

Just two classrooms have not been in use for their normal purpose this term - they have held all that furniture. So those rooms needed resetting, too, and those staff were in.

Orders were arriving multiple times daily and staff were in to receive and distribute thousands of pounds worth of new, quality reading books for example.

We always have a skip hire at this time of year, and there is always someone extra in school who looks to clear-out about now; bags of accumulated non-vitals get binned to de-clutter ahead of the next start. More staff in school.

Premises staff have worked all week; they have tried to clean thoroughly (working around other staff on-site) and delivering some of the improvements we asked for - sinks installed outside the building, ugly, old, inefficient storage removed, chairs replaced in two classrooms and old ones recycled, roofers at work trying (and hopefully succeeding) to prevent leaks into the Workroom upstairs that have gone on for three years, electricians installing gate security (so visitors will have to buzz to be let into the site from September).

I've been in as well - dealing with backlogs in some areas of lesser priority, and one or two new items of high priority, as well as supporting staff in their jobs. I also helped take down and re-display the tributes that were attached to the school fence at the Manchester Road gate - they were too good to take down and not show them respect.

Various other staff members have been remote working this week - year groups are still receiving emails from parents, and trying to respond; admin task requests are being made; safeguarding files are readied for transfer; early planning is being brought together; volunteers' offers are being vetted and taken up where appropriate.

We think that the school holiday will start next week, but we know we will be back before the end of August. I'll let you know when I see the first shoots!